Iran welcomes new post-Mubarak Egypt with open arms: Deputy FM
Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:41PM
Iran severed its diplomatic ties with Egypt after the 1979 Islamic Revolution because Egypt had signed the Camp David Accords with the Israeli regime and offered asylum to Iran's deposed monarch, Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi. Bilateral relations, however, have been on the mend following the Egyptian revolution. "Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs says the Islamic Republic is willing to offer any assistance to post-revolution Egypt with open arms. During a Wednesday meeting with an Egyptian media delegation in Tehran, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said because the [former Egyptian dictator] Hosni Mobarak's regime was sponsored by the US and Israel, Iran only began aiding Egypt after the revolution in the country. The Iranian diplomat stated that the Islamic Republic welcomes Egypt ties and increasing relations to an ambassadorial level. Amir-Abdollahian further underlined the important status of the North African country in the Arab and Muslim world. Iran severed diplomatic ties with Egypt after the 1979 Islamic Revolution because Egypt had signed the Camp David Accord with the Israeli regime and offered asylum to Iran's deposed monarch, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Egyptians launched a revolution against the Mubarak regime in 2011, putting an end to over three decades of dictatorship in February of the same year. Bilateral relations between Tehran and Cairo have been improving following the Egyptian revolution.
Amir-Abdollahian also touched upon the Syrian crisis and said, “Although our stances on Syria are different from Egypt’s stances, we agree on some issues including defending the axis of resistance, [opposing] foreign interference in Syria and the need for an immediate end to the violence in the country,” the Iranian official noted.Foreign-sponsored militancy in Syria, which broke out in March 2011, has claimed the lives of many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel. The West and its regional allies including the Israeli regime, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are partners in supporting Takfiri extremists in Syria. MKA/HGH/SS