Egyptian Politician: No Impediment to Resumption of Tehran-Cairo Ties

A senior member of Egypt’s leading Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) underlined the necessity for the resumption of relations between Iran and Egypt, specially due to Iran’s strong support for the Palestinian and Lebanese people against the Zionist regime of Israel.

“I believe that there is no impediment to the resumption of Iran-Egypt diplomatic ties, specially because Iran – as shown by history – was the only country which supported Palestine at a time when the whole world abandoned it and supported Hezbollah during the Zionist regime war on Hezbollah and Lebanon,” Saad Al-Hosseini, a member of the Executive Office of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood political wing, told FNA in Cairo.

“Thus” he stated “in my view there is no impediment to the resumption of diplomatic ties with Iran regardless religious differences.”

In relevant remarks last Tuesday, another prominent member of the Muslim Brotherhood Party also called for the resumption of ties between Tehran and Cairo, and stressed that such relations would serve the interests of both countries.

“I believe that balanced relations between Egypt and the other world countries are in the interest of Egypt and establishment of relations between Tehran and Cairo will materialize the national interests of both Egypt and Iran,” member of the Muslim Brotherhood Consultative Council Jamal Khalifa told FNA.

After the collapse of Hosni Mubarak’s regime, the Iranian and Egyptian officials voiced their interest in the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries and Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi officially invited the then Egyptian counterpart Nabil Al-Arabi to pay a visit to Tehran.

Later, the Iranian foreign minister and his former Egyptian counterpart also held a meeting in Bali, Indonesia.

Also, during the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran late August, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Egyptian counterpart conferred on ways to promote the bilateral relations between Tehran and Cairo, and stressed the need for continued consultations in this regard.

In a latest development, President Mursi in a meeting with Salehi in Cairo in September said that Iran plays an important role in resolving the regional crises, and underlined that Tehran and Cairo should be united in dealing with global challenges.

“When the followers of unrighteousness are united in their unrighteous path, why should not we go united in our right position when dealing with global challenges,” Mursi said.

Stressing that Egypt assumes Iran’s stability as its own stability, he said, “There is no problem between Iran and Egypt.”

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