In this handout picture made available by the Egyptian presidency on June 30, 2012, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi waves following his inaugural address at Cairo University.
Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, says the Egyptian revolution was “undoubtedly” inspired by the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran.
“We are happy that despite all the difficulties an Islamist [presidential] candidate won in Egypt,” Velayati said in a meeting with the Secretary General of Egypt's Amal Party Magdi Hussein in Tehran on Monday.
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi was announced president on June 24 after a runoff with Ahmed Shafiq, who served as ex-dictator Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister.
Morsi is the country’s first freely-elected president since the ouster of Mubarak last year.
Velayati described Morsi’s victory as “a very important achievement,” saying, “Safeguarding this achievement is more important than achieving it.”
For his part, Hussein, said he had called for an emulation of Iran’s Islamic Revolution by the Egyptian nation in an article in as early as 1994.
“We struggled and triumphed over the previous regime through popular movements and unarmed confrontation,” Hussein added.