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 TEHRAN—Iranian news agency, Mehr News Agency, is reporting that an F16 fighter jet engine was stolen from an Israeli air force base, an act that has perplexed the Israelis.
Tehran reports: “Some unknown men took away the F16 engines in one of the air force bases by breaking into the base in central Occupied Lands. In a similar report earlier, it was claimed that Iranian spies had tried to hijack engines from the army fighters.”
It is indeed baffling as to how such a large object can be stolen from a military base that has 24-hour surveillance. Whoever has this early Christmas gift undoubtedly has plans to make copies of the F16s, since the engine has the most valuable components necessary for such duplication.
Mehr reports that according to high-ranking officials of Israel Air Force, the hijackers received assistance from army members inside the base, something made known after the investigation, since it showed that no damage or cleft was evident in the walls around the base.
Based on this, sources emphasize that in the most probability the hijackers received help from inside the base and were able to enter via the main gate, adding that transferring the engines requires huge and modern devices, something which improves the speculation that they did not enter the base on foot.
Top Israel Air Force officials deemed the incident dangerous, saying the perpetrators had not yet known and the motivation behind the act is not clear.
Source: Mehr News Agency
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C. –Israel prime minister’s comments calling for a military threat against Iran to ensure it does not acquire nuclear weapons were rejected by US officials who do not consider the Islamic nation a credible nuclear threat.
“We know that they are concerned about the impact of the sanctions. The sanctions are biting more deeply than they anticipated and we are working very hard at this,” Robert Gates, US defense secretary, said on Monday.
“So I would disagree that only a credible military threat can get Iran to take the actions it needs to end its nuclear weapons program,” he said during a visit to Australia for security talks.
“We are prepared to do what is necessary but at this point we continue to believe that the political-economic approach that we taking is in fact having an impact in Iran.”
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, told US Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday that only a “credible” military threat can deter Iran from building a nuclear weapon, Israeli political sources said.
“The only way to ensure that Iran will not go nuclear is to create a credible threat of military action against it if it doesn’t cease its race for a nuclear weapon,” one of the sources quoted Netanyahu as telling Biden.
Iran has repeatedly denied it is seeking to build atomic weapons and maintains that it has a right to produce its own fuel for several nuclear power plants it’s building for civilian use.