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Egypt's PM: 'We're coming back'

September 10th, 2012
05:29 PM ET

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By Mick Krever

(CNN) - “Egypt is coming back,” says Egypt’s new prime minister.

Tourism is picking up, foreign investors are lining up, and security is returning, Hesham Kandil told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

And yes – lest secularists in the West worry – Kandil said that President Morsy’s administration is a moderate one.

As a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsy has taken pains to allay Western fears that he would implement a theocratic government.

Kandil even cites the fact that he – as a U.S.-educated and little-known water minister – was chosen to be prime minister as “excellent evidence” of Morsy’s moderation.

Moderation in Egypt, which receives over a billion dollars in U.S. military aid, may indeed be critical to Morsy’s political survival.

“We want to be a key player in this region,” Kandil said, “and I think it is for the best interests of everybody that we have a very strong relationship with United States of America.”

The desire to be a remain a regional player was spotlighted last month when Morsy denounced Syria’s Bashar al-Assad – while sitting next to Assad’s key ally, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

“We want to be friends with all countries in the region,” Kandil said of Morsy’s visit to Tehran. “But we want also to have a balanced relationship where we can call a spade a spade.”

And what of the Camp David Accords, the 30-year-old treaty with Israel that is considered critical to the region’s stability?

“I guess this is something that we have to say as many times as we can,” Kandil said. “But of course we respect all of our international treaties, whether with Israel or with any other country.”

Morsy’s surprise decision last month to dismiss the main threat to his authority – Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi, the head of Egypt’s military – moved the country forward “five or six years,” Kandil said.

“I was a witness when Field Marshall [Tantawi] was asked to go,” Kandil said. “He just did. He said ‘Yes, sir,’ and he went home. And [he] showed very clearly to everybody, Egyptians and non-Egytians, that this is a professional army.”

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  1. KJMU

    The Muslim Brotherhood's (that control Egypt) ideology is, "God is our objective; the Quran is our law, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations." Anyone can see the Muslim Brotherhood's English language website describes the "principles of the Muslim Brotherhood" as including firstly the introduction of the Islamic Shari`ah as "the basis controlling the affairs of state and society;" and secondly work to unify "Islamic countries and states, mainly among the Arab states, and liberating them from foreign imperialism ". The Muslim Brotherhood collaborated with Nazi Germany during WWII, and shot Anwar Sadat dead because he signed a peace treaty with Israel. Here are some references from the Qur’an (out of many) concerning the way the Muslims should treat all other “who do not believe”. IS THERE ANY WAY TO HAVE PEACE WITH SUCH BELIEVERS?

    Ishaq:324 "He said, 'Fight them so that there is no more rebellion, and religion, all of it, is for Allah only. Allah must have no rivals.'"
    Qur'an:9:14 "Fight them and Allah will punish them by your hands, lay them low, and cover them with shame. He will help you over them."
    Ishaq:300 "I am fighting in Allah's service. This is piety and a good deed. In Allah's war I do not fear as others should. For this fighting is righteous, true, and good."

    September 10, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Reply
    • Kat

      Go bang your head against the whining wall, Zionazi parasite ware monger thief.

      September 10, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Reply
    • Kat

      Go bang your head against the whining wall, Zionazi parasite war monger thief.

      September 10, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Reply
    • Kat

      Pasting the garbage coming from Islamphobic hate/war mongering sites I see...go bang your head against the whining wall KJMU, like your beloved Romney and Adelson

      September 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Reply
    • Amal

      I am proud to be a muslim wearing a scarf over my head. I graduated from the German School in Egypt and have a master degree in the German Literature. I am a happy wife with three great children. I love Islam. It makes me love and give to all mankind. Islam tells me to have God conscious and therefore try my best to do good, be fair and beautiful in and out. I am sorry for those who like to spread hatred against a specific group of people. But I think their hatred burns them first. Life is beautiful and is made so that people get to know each other in the best way and benefit from each other. I

      September 11, 2012 at 2:34 am | Reply
      • Adam

        So why don't you and other mulims let people of other faiths build temples in your muslim countries, such as Hindu temples, buddhist temples.

        You know why? Because Islam and its followers are the most biggoted and hateful group of people these days.

        September 11, 2012 at 10:20 am |
      • Sarah

        to adam.......Islam is not hateful, nor does, or will it ever, condone violence. Those people we hear about are simply extremist, the "bad apples" per se, as you would consider the KKK in the U.S....simple as that. So who you should be verbally attacking are "those people", not the religion itself, because those people, although thats their intention sometimes, do not represent or define Islam, in any way shape or form.

        September 14, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  2. MPA

    Its funny how Muslims have to tell everyone that they are moderates, when liberals and secularists are every bit as fanatical, and they are given a free pass.

    September 10, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  3. Anne

    We are all people and all different. It is prudent to be wary. But I am encouraged to hear from someone who seems sincere and intelligent and realizes that change does not happen overnight. Social change happens slowly but is possible. Loved the interviews.

    September 10, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Reply
  4. Ru3eNR3D

    Egypt is lost the day Islam arrived. There is no coming back

    September 11, 2012 at 12:28 am | Reply
  5. shadi

    3 world country that is going nowhere

    September 11, 2012 at 1:11 am | Reply
  6. investment banker

    egypt is going down the drain
    we pulled out just in time

    September 11, 2012 at 1:13 am | Reply
    • Muna

      Egypt now is like a start up company who will be going puplic soon. I bought some shares before it's too late.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:45 am | Reply
  7. Bob J

    I think the jury is still out on Morsy, for those of you who have condemned him. He has shown a little savvy in his decisions and has yet to appear as a tyrant. He does not seem to be installing a Taliban. Leaders are often vastly different than candidates. Give the man a break until he does not deserve one.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:14 am | Reply
  8. Mohamed Shahid

    Egypt will never come back as long as they follow Islam. Islam is a kind of mental disorder. Islam is destroying everything this whole world now. These hungry Muslims are now trying to go to Europe, U.S.A to find food and then they try to implement Sharia after they had enough food. If Europe and U.S.A implement Sharia, these continents will become same like most of these Muslim countries who are not even able to feed their own people. Europe and U.S.A give billion dollars to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Palestine, etc and we still find no any positive result. They still need more.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:57 am | Reply
    • Mowat

      Your real name is Levy Zionist: the land thief. Palestine will return to the Palestineans wether you like it or not.

      You belong in Hell God's Prophets killers.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:57 am | Reply
  9. karbvi

    islam is a cancer to normal people, any group of people that are religious fanatics are deprived of self respect and have no self esteem, islam needs to be banned like other dangerous cults.Follow the teachings of Wafa Sultan to learn the truth about this insidious cult

    September 11, 2012 at 5:56 am | Reply
  10. karbvi

    Monut.......there is no palestine, they all come from Jordan, but their own kind threw them out because they know they are good for nothing layabouts

    September 11, 2012 at 6:17 am | Reply

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