Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt—Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for a strong alliance between Iran and Egypt in the region during a meeting on Tuesday in Cairo, with President Mohammad Mursi, saying it would drive away threats by enemies.
“If Iran and Egypt closed ranks, international enemies of humanity could not inflict any harm upon our nations,” Ahmadinejad said on the sidelines of the 12th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Cairo. “The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to increase relations with Egypt in all sectors without any restrictions. The Iranian nation opens up its arms and the way for the development and progress of the Egyptian nation,” he added.
“From a historical standpoint, in case Iran and Egypt stay together, both will emerge winners and that would benefit not only the two nations, but also the entire region,” said Ahmadinejad.
The Iranian president, who is the first Iranian president to visit Egypt in three decades, noted that Iran and Egypt needed to coordinate their positions and settle the ongoing crisis in Syria. He also stated that Tehran and Cairo would be able to contribute to finding a resolution to the Palestinian issue.
Mursi, for his part, underscored the need for broader cooperation between Iran and Egypt, saying Tehran-Cairo relations are significant and influential both in the region and in the world. He called for cooperation between Iran and Egypt to find a solution to the spiraling crisis in Syria.
“I believe that the Syrian problem could not be resolved without Iran and Iran’s efforts in this regard are prioritized,” Mursi added. “…We have no doubt that Iran is sincerely endeavoring to resolve the problems in Syria and other nations. Hence, we stress cooperation with Iran in this field,” he added.
“Iran and Egypt can expand their cooperation in different sectors and the world will definitely witness a new form of Iran-Egypt cooperation. Iran and Egypt have always sought peace, progress and security because we believe that our nations are entitled to progress,” the Egyptian leader said.
In a meeting with the editors-in-chief of Egyptian media in Cairo later in the night, Ahmadinejad said Iran will study the US proposal for direct talks provided that Washington makes positive changes in its behavior.
“Remarks by US officials are new and positive and we hope that positive changes are made in their behavior too. If we witness positive changes in their behavior, then we will study it (the proposal) with a positive attitude,” Ahmadinejad said.
His comments came in response to a question about US Vice President Joe Biden’s offer of direct talks with the Islamic Republic.
Speaking at the 49th annual Munich Security Conference in Germany on February 2, Biden said Washington was ready to hold direct talks with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US government “strongly condemned” remarks reportedly made by President Mohamad Mursi, almost three years ago when he was a Muslim Brotherhood leader, over Jews, saying the Egyptian leader should repudiate his comments.
White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that the language Mursi used was “deeply offensive” and that U.S. officials had raised concerns with the Egyptian government on the matter.
According to a video obtained by the New York Times, Mursi urged Egyptians in the year of 2010 to “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred” for Jews and Zionists.
In a television interview months later, he described Jews as “these bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs,” the newspaper said.
“We completely reject these statements, as we do any language that espouses religious hatred,” Carney said when asked about Mursi’s comments at the White House daily briefing.
Carney called on Mursi, elected in June after a popular uprising that ousted Egypt’s longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, to “make clear that he respects people of all faiths and that this type of rhetoric is not acceptable or productive in a democratic Egypt.”
He noted, however, that Mursi, as president, had worked with the Obama administration to help broker an Israeli-Hamas ceasefire in Gaza late last year and had promised to uphold Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters: “We’ll also judge him by what he says, and we think that these comments should be repudiated and they should be repudiated firmly.”
Source: Al Manar TV