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Prominent Egyptian author hails ‘legendary Iran resistance’

21 July 2015 14:01


A veteran Egyptian journalist and author says that Iran’s “legendary resistance” against US pressure earned it a “nuclear agreement,” and that Saudi Arabia and its allies are incapable of sabotaging it.

Mohamed Hassanein Heikal told Lebanese daily Assafir on Monday that “this country (Iran) managed to strike a nuclear agreement with the Western powers, including the US, through its legendary resistance,” adding that, “Saudi Arabia and [Persian] Gulf regional states are too weak to raise rebellion against the nuclear agreement and overshadow it.”

The comments follow the recent conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

The senior Egyptian journalist further noted that, “Iran is the only regional country to resist against America,” adding elsewhere in his remarks that, “What has changed the conditions was Iran’s resistance, not [US President] Barack Obama.”

Last week, following the July 14 conclusion of the nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria, the Al Saud regime threatened to “resolutely” confront the Islamic Republic over any alleged “mischief” in the region.

The nuclear conclusion was reached after marathon talks in the Austrian capital city between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries – the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany.

Earlier on Monday, the UN Security Council (UNSC) unanimously endorsed a draft resolution turning the JCPOA into international law.

Heikal, the Egyptian journalist, referred to the planned review of the JCPOA in the US Congress and said much noise will be raised there over the agreement but will ultimately die down.

He also claimed that Egypt seeks to move closer to Iran but “there are attempts to dissuade [Egyptian President] Abdel Fattah el-Sisi from [engaging in] close relations with Tehran.”

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