Egyptian President Muhamed Morsi. – File Photo by AP

ISLAMABAD: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has bowed out of a scheduled visit to Pakistan, where he was due to attend the Developing Eight summit in Islamabad, the Pakistani government confirmed Thursday.

Morsi — who was thanked by the United States for helping to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas — had been slated to join the Islamabad talks but state TV in Egypt said he would now stay home to monitor the truce.

In Pakistan, officials said they did not know why Morsi was no longer coming, but that Vice President Mahmud Mekki had arrived instead.

“The Egyptian vice president is representing his country at the summit on behalf of President Morsi, who is not coming,” said one foreign ministry official on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

“I don't know the reason for the change of plans by the Egyptian president at the 11th hour,” he added.

Pakistan, which wants to use the D8 to improve its international standing, had welcomed Morsi's prospective visit as the first by an Egyptian head of state in four decades.

World leaders hope the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas will offer at least temporary respite from bloodshed in Gaza and southern Israel.

Morsi, a leading member of Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood, was elected in June in Egypt's first election since a popular revolt brought down secular strongman Hosni Mubarak.

He resigned from his Brotherhood-led party, the FJP, and vowed to represent all Egyptians, but his elevation raised concerns about Cairo's peace treaty with Israel and its ties with Hamas, part of the Brotherhood movement.

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M Jahanzaib Alam
November 22, 2012 9:49 am
D-8 Summit has become in effective as top leadersip of member countries bowed out one by one. They might be thinking that what else they could get from this summit which is being held at a place where bombs are exploding. Any way thanks to Turkey!
Tariq Nadeem
November 22, 2012 9:26 pm
Every Muslim nation will one day need Pakistans help....mark my words.
November 22, 2012 9:55 pm
Finally pakistan
Mustafa Razavi
November 22, 2012 8:49 am
Obviously Dr. Mursi is occupied with the war in Palestine. Although Dr. Sahib should be thankful to providence for sparing him a photo op with Pakistani politicians.
Shaukat Khan (@ShaukatSays)
November 22, 2012 9:02 am
It's a huge diplomatic failure for Zardari Govt at the time when elections are very near
November 22, 2012 1:47 pm
Just as well. It's gonna be a farce anyway you look at it.
November 22, 2012 1:47 pm
All knows, muslims are not trust worthy, and can never assemble at one platefarm. Muslim can not pray together, every one Maqsjid, Religion, Quran, Prophet and The GOD seperate. Muslims sets Musjid on fire and burn Quran, ref Majid Al Hedaya, Hafiz ullah and Amjad Taufique. Zardari most co-operative and sucessfull President out of Muslim world.
November 22, 2012 1:07 pm
o C'mon that's not an issue!
November 22, 2012 8:48 am
First Bangladesh, then Malayisa and now Egypt. Who's next?
P N Eswaran
November 22, 2012 1:15 pm
Is Dr Morsi standing guard at the ceasefire line 24x7?
Asif Pakistani
November 22, 2012 8:36 am
does this pakistani Gov know anything at all?
Moazzam Husain
November 22, 2012 11:06 am
You guys are clueless. Don't blame the PPP govt. Pakistan is a pariah state because of its extremist Islamist image NOT the secular credentials of the present ruling coalition but DESPITE it.
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