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La Vanguardia - Spain | Friday, November 23, 2012

Mursi and Obama better than Mubarak and Bush

Egypt and the US played a significant role in mediating the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas that began on Wednesday night. The liberal daily La Vanguardia hopes that the diplomatic signals will be more propitious than in the past: "The ceasefire is good news because it improves the situation for now. And some of the circumstances that led to the ceasefire give cause for hope. For example the role of Egypt's president. His status as a Muslim Brother facilitated contact with Hamas. And his military alliance with the US led to Obama strengthening his relations with the Islamic world, a process whose importance the US leader had stressed in his key speech in 2009 in Cairo. Both the deployment of Mohammed Mursi as a new diplomatic player in the region and the intervention of Hillary Clinton, who broke off her Asia trip with Obama to travel to the Middle East, show that the multilateral relations function better now than during the times when Bush junior governed the US and Hosni Mubarak ruled in Egypt."

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