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.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Saeb Shaath, author and political commentator from Belfast, to further discuss the issue. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.
President Morsi says Iran’s support for the Syrian government actually harms ties between Tehran and Cairo. And meantime Iran says ties between Egypt and Israel is hurting Cairo’s relations with Tehran. How do you see it?
If we look at the situation at the Gaza border as well, we can notice Israel is very happy these days with Morsi’s seeing over Egypt. They see it as the best times, even better than Mubarak, since the Egyptian army destroyed most of the tunnels bringing the necessity of life to the Gazans; they tightened the siege around Gaza harder.
This is what the Muslim Brotherhood government under Morsi brought to Gaza and they see, I think, from here they learned from the lesson of Hamas when Hamas was denied to rule in Palestine since the Israelis refused. So they tried to appease the Israelis by ... they commit themselves to the Camp David Agreement and they show on the ground their action to secure Israel.
This is what Morsi is doing. On the other side of that, they are as a part of the Muslim Brotherhood; they want to extend their sort of ambition to take over Syria since most of them want non-national or non-bureaucratic opposition in Syria, as the Muslim Brotherhood and they all belong to one sort of an umbrella group supported by the United States of America.
So they are trying to take Syria and the Muslim Brotherhoods in Egypt are supporting that sort of thing and they have deals and agreements done with the United States of America even before they won the election, during the revolution and the counterrevolution in Egypt.
So I am not surprised. I have always seen the Muslim Brotherhoods as a tailored fabric of the cold war which is made and tailored by the United States of America and they have been used as foreign policy tool of the United States of America to control and to counter as well the revolutionaries or progressive movements in the Arab world.
They have always been at that and they will never change. That is the way they are and always they have tried to accumulate sort of deals step by step. So I can compare here Iran after the Iranians’ revolution in 1979, they actually got a peace for Palestinian and surrendered the Israeli Embassy and they gave it to the Palestinians their Embassy. They had never had a relationship after the revolution with Israel. They canceled all the agreements of the Shah and the strategic alliance of the Shah with Israel.
But Morsi kept what Anwar al-Sadat has done, kept what Mubarak has done. So, in here, we can see what was the Egyptian goal and that is not a good thing to .... The Egyptian people will rise against that. I think they and the Muslim Brotherhoods used the cause of Palestine heavily and used the cause of frightened Zionism heavily to win the election and the people will discover they have been lying.