Mubarak spokesman denies bioweapons claim

Suleiman Awad, an Egyptian presidential spokesman, has categorically denied the claim by former U.S. President George W. Bush that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warned him that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein possessed biological weapons.

Bush had made the claim in his recently published memoir, “Decision Points.”

In a statement to the press, Awad said that Mubarak had actually warned Bush and other American officials against the invasion of Iraq since it would breach international law. He also said that Mubarak warned the U.S. that the invasion would be difficult due to strong national resistance in Iraq in which the country would use all its available weapons, Al-Masry Al-Youm reports.

Bush's memoir, which was published earlier this month, included a passage that stated that Mubarak “had told [U.S. General] Tommy Franks that Iraq had biological weapons and was certain to use them on our troops.” Bush went on to write that Mubarak “refused to make the allegation in public for fear of inciting the Arab street,” Al-Masry Al-Youm reports.

“Intelligence from a Middle Eastern leader who know [former Iraqi President] Saddam [Hussein] well had an impact on my thinking,” Bush wrote, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Bush also noted his reaction to finding no weapons of mass destruction during his presidency’s search.

“No one was more shocked or angry than I was when we didn’t find the weapons [of mass destruction]," Bush wrote, according to Voice of America. "I had a sickening feeling every time I thought about it. I still do."