A signatory of a recent letter written to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi by a group of Iranian scholars has dismissed allegations of suggesting Iran’s Islamic Republic model to the North African country, Press TV reports. Saeed-Reza Ameli, a cleric teaching at Tehran University, told Press TV in an interview on Tuesday that the 17 scholars who signed the letter only reminded Morsi of the prominent role Islam can play in the political structure.
“We did not suggest any particular model to the Egyptian president. Islam itself is a model,” he added.Ameli was reacting to the London-based Ash-Sharq al-Awsat report that Iranian scholars have been dictating the Iranian political model to post-revolution Egypt. He stated that the signatories reminded Morsi of the success and advancement of the Islamic Republic established in Iran following the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Ameli, however, said that the Egyptian president was suggested to include the “Islamic Republic” in the official name he is to choose for his country. The scholar went on to blame the “Salafists” and US-centered Western governments for trying to create rift between Iran and Egypt. Iran severed ties with Egypt after Cairo signed the 1978 Camp David Accord with Israel and offered asylum to Iran's deposed monarch Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. In February, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Cairo, as the first Iranian president to pay such a visit since the breakup of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Morsi visited Iran in August 2012, which was also the first trip by an Egyptian president to Tehran since 1979. KA/SS