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Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Egypt denies telling U.S. general that Iraq has WMDs -

Egypt denies telling U.S. general that Iraq has WMDs -: "Egypt denies telling U.S. general that Iraq has WMDs
8/3/2004 11:00:00 AM GMT

President Hosni Mubarak didn't tell a top U.S. general that Saddam had WMD

Source: AFP

Egypt has strongly denied that President Hosni Mubarak told a top U.S. general before war on Iraq that Saddam had WMD.

General Tommy Franks, former commander of U.S. Central Command, was reported as saying that he visited Hosni Mubarak before the U.S. invasion of Iraq nad that the first told him Saddam Hussein had such weapons.

"This allegation is absolutely devoid of any truth," the semi-official al-Ahram daily quoted Egyptian presidential spokesman, Maged Abdul Fatah, as saying.

In the interview, Franks, 59, who commanded U.S. forces during the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, and retired in July 2003, said that he was greatly surprised when no weapons of mass destruction wasn’t found in Iraq, the "reason we went to war."

He added that before the war was launched against Iraq, Jordan's King Abdullah and Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, told him that Saddam Hussein possesses weapons of mass destruction.

The presidential spokesman said that during a meeting with the Egyptian leader, Franks asked Mubarak's assessment of reports about the existence of WMDs in Iraq, especially biological weapons, and if Mubarak thought Iraq would use them defending his country against the U.S. army in the event of a military invasion.

"Mubarak's response was clear: Egypt is following all that is being said about this issue, but it cannot confirm that Iraq has WMDs and it does not have any information about the possibility of Iraq using these weapons, if they exist, against U.S. forces," Abdul Fatah quoted Mubarak as telling Franks."