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Egyptian delegation in Iran receives warm welcome

An Iranian foreign ministry official met with a popular diplomacy delegation, to discuss strengthening relations

Ahram Online , Friday 13 Dec 2013
Ali Akbar Velayati, the foreign policy advisor to Iran's Supreme Guide Ali Khomeini (Photo: Reuters)
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Ali Akbar Velayati, the foreign policy advisor to Iran's Supreme Guide Ali Khomeini, said Thursday during a meeting with an Egyptian popular diplomacy delegation that the Iranian revolution in 1979 had had an impact on Egypt's 2011 uprising.  

The Egyptian diplomatic mission, initiated by the Cairo-based Arab Union to Support Resistance and in coordination with the National Association for Change, arrived in Tehran on Tuesday.

According to state-run MENA agency, the advisor praised the late Egyptian popular president Gamal Abdel-Nasser, whose words "impacted people from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean."  

Overtures to revive and boost Iranian-Egyptian diplomatic relations, especially on the technological and scientific fronts, were welcomed by the Egyptian delegation.

Former president Mohamed Morsi's policy of building closer relations with Iran, including steps to encourage Iranian tourists to visit Egypt, caused tensions in Egypt earlier in the year.

Salah El-Dessouki, head of the Egyptian delegation, highlighted the historical link between Egypt and Iran and called for it to be strengthened by a "strong relationship" between the peoples of both countries.  He also stated that the efforts of the 2011 uprising were being dampened by counter-revolutionary currents.

"The enemy is prompted to call what happened in Egypt on 30 June a coup, while we call it a  correctional revolution that is meant to achieve the people’s will. The support of the armed forces prevented a civil war," he added.

Morsi was ousted from the presidency in July, following mass protests on 30 June against his rule.

Political science professor Mohammed Idriss claimed that the 30 June protests broke up a strategic alliance between the US and Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.

"It is known that the Brotherhood allied with the Americans and Hamas to create a strategic alliance in the Middle East made up of Turkey, Hamas and Qatar, its sole purpose to protect Israeli interests. It created and pitted a Sunni crescent made up of Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya against the so-called Shia crescent of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Hezbollah," he said.

According to Idriss, Iran has falsely invested its hopes in the Brotherhood for the fulfillment of an Islamic revolution in Egypt. 

Diplomatic ties between Egypt and Iran were originally broken off in 1980, a year after Iran's Islamic revolution and Egypt's peace treaty with Israel.


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Samantha Criscione
14-12-2013 12:38pm
Sure the Iranian regime welcomed the Egyptian delegation. So too does the spider welcome the fly.
Professor Idriss is right that the U.S. (and the EU, which he fails to mention) allied with the Brotherhood along with Turkey, Hamas and Qatar. But his claim that the purpose of this alliance was to help Israel is preposterous. In fact it is well known that Israel was very worried about Brotherhood rule in Egypt and was relieved when Morsi was overthrown, so much so that, as Ahram reported several times, after Morsi's removal Israeli officials quietly but urgently lobbied U.S. officials to stop backing the Brotherhood and instead support the new government. And second, Iran was one of the strongest supporters of Morsi's rule, with Ayatollah Khameini boasting that Iranian influence played a major role in the overthrow of Mubarak and the coming to power of the Brotherhood. Morsi was enthusiastically welcomed by the Iranian regime, and when he was overthrown, Iran's Press TV printed a slew of articles taking the Brotherhood line, that the U.S. was behind removing Morsi. The Iranian regime is clerical fascist. Its goal in Egypt has been and remains to promote groups and policies compatible with clerical fascism. Sure, the Ayatollah Khamenei's advisor welcomes a delegation which makes the absurd claim that the U.S. supported the Brotherhood in order to help Israel, because this claim hides the reality: that Islamist clerical fascism, whether the Ayatollah variety or the Brotherhood variety, is one of the most effective ways to suppress working people in the so-called Third World. That, and not some hysterical nonsense about Zionism, is why the U.S., the EU, the Vatican and other forces of Western colonialism so strongly supported Brotherhood rule. -- Samantha Criscione
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