CAIRO, JAN. 22 -- President Hosni Mubarak brushed aside Arab opposition to Egyptian participation in the Persian Gulf War today, declaring that there would be no change in Egypt's tough stance against Iraqi aggression in Kuwait.

Mubarak told reporters he had no intention of pulling Egypt's troops out of the conflict, as a small Egyptian leftist opposition party has demanded, and he ridiculed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein for firing Scud missiles into Saudi Arabia, an Arab country that is home to two of Islam's holiest sites.

The Egyptian leader also hailed Israel's restraint in not responding to Iraqi missile attacks on that country, while at the same time threatening Sudan -- Egypt's southern neighbor and a supporter of Iraq -- with military retaliation if it allowed any terrorist strikes from its territory.

"We still insist on the Iraqi troop withdrawal from Kuwait, for the occupation of one Arab country by another using force is a very serious matter, and nobody can accept this move at the turn of the 20th century," said Mubarak, whose government has contributed about 35,000 troops and more than 400 tanks to the U.S.-led international military force arrayed against Iraq.

"Iraq must withdraw from Kuwait because if it fails to do so, we cannot convince the international community to stop the {allied bombing raids} against Iraq," he said. "Nobody would listen to us today if we began an initiative calling for a cease-fire."

Asked to comment on demonstrators in Sudan who have been calling on Saddam to strike at Egypt's Aswan Dam and legendary pyramids, Mubarak said he would not tolerate such acts.

"I don't think the Sudanese people accept this kind of logic," he said, "and I want to assure each Egyptian citizen that I will not allow under any circumstances anyone to attack one inch of Egyptian territory. . . . {Saddam} cannot attack the High Dam, even if he had {weapons such as Scud missiles in the Sudan}. . . . And even if he managed to get {such capability} in Sudan, I wouldn't allow it to remain intact, and Sudan would pay a dear price, and officials who agreed to this would pay an extremely high price. . . . I mean business here."

Mubarak said also that Egypt could not allow Iraq to get away with taking land by force, because Israel could then justify its occupation of Arab land.

"If we establish such a precedent," Mubarak said, "then Israel would say that if you agree to the principle of occupying land by force, and you are an Arab country, then how can you ask us to relinquish {Arab} land or solve the Palestinian issue?"