Saturday, June 30, 2012

Iranian Official Says US Redline in Egypt is Israel

US redline in Egypt is Israel: Iranian official

Sat Jun 30, 2012 2:31PM GMT

A senior Iranian official says the United States is concerned about any movement in Egypt that would endanger the peace process with the Zionist regime of Israel.

“The US cannot stop popular movements and the natural trend of the Islamic Awakening in the region is moving towards marginalizing the Zionist Regime [of Israel],” Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in an interview with IRNA on Friday.

Amir-Abdollahian said the US preferred a non-Islamic government in Egypt, “but they thought that if the Muslim Brotherhood candidate was not chosen as Egypt’s president, the revolutionary current would move towards radical and extremist actions which would be strategically detrimental to the US and its allies in the region.”

“Therefore, they criticized the military council’s performance between the first and the second round of presidential election in Egypt,” the Iranian official added.

Amir-Abdollahian described the prospect of Tehran-Cairo relations as positive and said, “Improving ties between Iran and Egypt is on the agenda of the country’s diplomacy apparatus.”

On Saturday, Muslim Brotherhood candidate in the Egypt’s presidential elections Mohamed Morsi was officially sworn in as the country’s first freely-elected president more than one year after the country’s revolution toppled former ruler Hosni Mubarak.

Morsi was announced winner of the presidential runoff on June 24.

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