Saturday, January 19, 2013

Brotherhood: US, Israel Concerned about Resumption of Ties between Iran, Egypt

TEHRAN (FNA)- A spokesman of Egyptian Al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun (Muslim Brotherhood) party said that the US and Israel fear the improvement of Tehran-Cairo ties which, he said, will have huge impacts on the region.

"Resumption of ties between the two countries which enjoys a political and civilizational weight will powerfully affect the Middle-East region," Yasser Mohraz told FNA on Saturday.

"There is no doubt that the issue and the closeness between the two is a matter of concern to the US and Israel," he added.

Mohraz's remarks were also earlier uttered by a former Egyptian legislator who underlined the importance of solidarity between Iran and Egypt as two powerful countries in the region, and said good relations between the two countries exerts pressure on Israel.

"Relations between Iran and Egypt weaken Israel and grinds it between mill stones," Mamdouh Ismaeil told FNA on Wednesday.

He also described Iran and Egypt as two powerful countries with important positions in the region which cannot be ignored easily.

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 earlier this month conferred on bilateral ties as well as the latest regional and international developments.

The issue of Palestine and Syria were among the topics dealt by the two officials.

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