Palestinian leader wants help from Egypt

Feb. 12, 2011 at 12:46 PM

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Palestinians need the support of Egypt in their own "struggle" for independence, a member of Fatah's Central Committee said Saturday.

Nabil Shaath, a senior official on the FCC, said a strong Egypt would benefit Palestinians, and he applauded protesters there for working peacefully to force the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, reported Ynetnews.

"A strong Egypt would have a greater capability to support us now and in the future," Shaath said. "We respect the Egyptian nation's desire for democracy, freedom and unity. We are proud of our Egyptian brothers for not resorting to violence and achieving their goals with an intifada of peace."

Shaath said he hopes Egypt will continue in its leadership in the Arab world.

"At this stage, when the Palestinians are in the midst of a struggle for their independence and freedom – in the face of Israeli obstinacy – they need Egypt to stand by them and support them," Shaath said.

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