Anti-Iran conference in Egypt targeted Tehran-Cairo ties: Iran diplomat
PRESS TV (Iran) Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:0AM GMT
Head of Iran's Interest Section in Egypt Mojtaba Amani says the organizers
of an anti-Iran conference in Egypt sought to undermine the relations
between Tehran and Cairo.
“The main objective of the organizers of the conference was to target the
relations between Iran and Egypt; therefore, they tried to hold the
so-called conference concurrent with the visit of our country’s foreign
minister (Ali Akbar Salehi),” Amani said on Monday.
After visiting Burkina Faso, Ghana and Benin, Salehi arrived in the Egyptian
capital on January 9 on the fourth leg of his African tour.
During his meeting with Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi on January 10,
Salehi extended Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's invitation to Morsi
to visit Tehran.
He also met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr, Arab League
Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi, UN-Arab League Joint Special
Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Mosque
Ahmed Al-Tayeb and Patriarch of Egypt's Coptic Christians Pope Tawadros II.
Tehran has voiced its protest to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry over the
anti-Iran conference, Amani said, adding, however, that some such events are
outside the control of the Egyptian officials due to the political situation
in the African country.
“There are different political tendencies inside Egypt’s current ruling
system, some of which are strongly opposed to the establishment of relations
between Iran and Egypt,” Amani said.
Amani added that certain countries that feel threatened by close relations
between Iran and Egypt are increasing their efforts to undermine the two
countries’ bilateral ties.
Iran had severed ties with Egypt because Cairo signed the 1978 Camp David
Accords with the Israeli regime and offered asylum to Iran's deposed monarch
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. However, Tehran and Cairo resumed their bilateral
ties after the Egyptian revolution that toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak in