Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (R) meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi at the presidential palace in Cairo on September 18, 2012.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has called for unity among the Islamic countries saying that his country is ready for any kind of regional cooperation.
Speaking to Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on the sidelines of the meeting of the Quartet Committee on Syria on Tuesday, Morsi noted that when people who follow wrong goals are united for achieving their objectives, why Muslims should not be united in facing global challenges.
Morsi claimed that Iran's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government ‘has hindered the promotion of the Tehran-Cairo ties.’
This is while analysts have repeatedly pointed to the fact that it is Egypt’s continued relations with the Israeli regime, not Iran's support for the Syrian government and nation, that have impeded the development of the Iran-Egypt ties. Pundits also believe that Morsi’s decision to maintain Egypt’s ties with the Israeli regime is a continuation of ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak’s policies and runs contrary to the demands of the Egyptian people.
The Egyptian president, however, expressed his gratitude for Tehran’s successful hosting of the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit saying that Iran and Egypt are two great countries with historical civilizations and “there is no problem” between them.
Salehi, for his part, thanked Morsi for his presence at the NAM summit and congratulated the victory of the popular and democratic revolution of Egypt.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran respects the will of the Egyptian people to determine their destiny and the people of Egypt have proved that the time for engineering [developments of the] region … by hegemonic powers is over,” he said.
Iran’s foreign minister welcomed the establishment of the Quartet group which can play a constructive role in regional issues, especially in Syria.