CAIRO, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit has
ruled out a permanent U.S. presence on borders between Egypt and the Gaza Strip,
the official MENA news agency reported on Friday.
The United States would sell advanced technical equipment to Egypt to
detect tunnels along the Egyptian-Gaza border, Abul Gheit was quoted as saying.
However, the Egyptian foreign minister dismissed as groundless a permanent
U.S. presence along the Egyptian-Gaza border area.
"I could not imagine a permanent U.S. presence in the land adjacent to the
Egyptian borderline, taking into account the U.S. participation in the
Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Sinai since 1981," Abul Gheit told
The mission of the MFO, an independent international organization created
by an agreement between Egypt and Israel, is to supervise the implementation of
the security provision of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty and employ best
efforts to prevent any violation of its terms.
Commenting on the participation of Arab or NATO troops in maintaining peace
in the West Bank in the coming transitional stage, Abul Gheit said it's too
early to talk about such things.