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Egyptian president denies sending friendly letter to Peres

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has denied sending a friendly letter to Israeli President Shimon Peres.

A Morsi spokesman said the Egyptian leader did not send the letter, which according to the Times of Israel said that Morsi hopes for continued security and stability in the region, including for Israel.

“President Morsi did not send any correspondence to the Israeli president, and the reports to that effect in Israeli newspapers today are fabricated,” the spokesman told the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram on Tuesday. “These fabrications do not stop.”

Peres’ office had no comment, but his office has publicized a copy of the letter that speaks to its authenticity, with a heading from the Egyptian Embassy in Israel.

In July, Peres sent a letter to Morsi expressing hope for continued peaceful relations between the two countries.

Since becoming president in June, Morsi has not verbally attacked Israel directly and has expressed a willingness to stay faithful to the countries’ peace treaty, according to Times of Israel.

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