Saudi, US Seeking Hard to Hinder Tehran-Cairo Rapprochement

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior member of the Egyptian Al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun (Muslim Brotherhood) party said Washington and Riyadh are increasing pressures on Cairo to prevent resumption of bilateral ties between Iran and Egypt.

“A number of Arab and western countries have tried to impede normalization of Iran-Egypt ties and tried to sever Tehran-Cairo relations. In fact Saudi Arabia, the US and the Zionist regime (of Israel) have played the key role in this regard,” Kamal al-Halbawi told FNA on Monday.

He further cautioned that although pressures on the Egyptian government have already been heavy, Saudis and the western states still plan to intensify these pressures in coming days in a move to make Cairo give up its decision for resuming ties with Tehran.

Halbawi called on both Iran and Egypt to hold different conferences and seminars to combat these pressures and strengthen unity between the two countries.

“We shouldn’t feel fearful of the US and Israel’s pressures, and the ties between Iran and Egypt must be brotherly,” he stated.

Earlier in May, a prominent Egyptian figure cautioned that Israel and a number of Arab states, specially Saudi Arabia, are attempting to trouble resumption of ties between Iran and Egypt.

Speaking to FNA, Egypt’s Prominent Shiite Leader Rasim al-Nafis warned of certain states’ opposition to the establishment of strong ties between Tehran and Cairo, and stated, “The Arab Persian Gulf littoral states, including Saudi Arabia, the Zionist Regime of Israel and the remnants of (Hosni) Mubarak’s regime view the resumption of Tehran-Cairo ties as harmful to their interests and, thus, try to prevent resumption of these relations.”

On May 30, Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi voiced confidence about the improvement of relations between Iran and Egypt, but meantime said that resuming ties between the two Muslim states needs time and patience.

“Egypt is currently under certain pressure. Yet, the Egyptian government and nation are in consensus about the improvement of relations with Iran as soon as possible,” Salehi said at the time.

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 Salehi officially invited his Egyptian counterpart Nabil al-Arabi to pay a visit to Tehran.

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