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Monday, February 04, 2013

More Islamist Winter: Ahmadenijad to Visit Egypt

Next week, Mahmoud Ahmadenijad will become the first Iranian head of state to visit Egypt since the two countries broke off relations following Iran's 1979 revolution.

The renewed ties between Iran and Egypt (with its newly installed Muslim Brotherhood-led government) is yet another potentially disastrous byproduct of the so-called Arab Spring.

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Here's more, from YNet:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Cairo next week, becoming the first Iranian president to travel to Egypt since Iran's 1979 revolution ruptured diplomatic ties between the two most populous countries in the Middle East.

Ahmadinejad will head Iran's delegation to a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Cairo, said Amani Mojtaba, head of Iran's interest section in Cairo, which it maintains in the absence of an official embassy.

"I hope that Iranian-Egyptian relations return to the full diplomatic level," he said.

The trip follows a visit by Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi to Iran in August last year, when the two leaders agreed to reopen official embassies.

Tehran broke off relations with Cairo in 1980, a year after both Iran's revolution and Egypt's peace agreement with Israel.

While the countries were estranged, Egypt gave asylum and a state funeral to Iran's exiled Shah Reza Pahlavi, who is buried in a medieval Cairo mosque alongside his ex-brother-in-law, Egypt's last king, Farouk. Iran named a street after the assassin who killed Egypt's President Anwar Sadat.

The 2011 uprising that toppled Egypt's former autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak has provided a chance to reopen formal relations. But Egypt, like other Sunni Muslim Arab states, remains at odds with Shiite Iran over many regional issues.

Morsi has been among the most vocal opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Iran's ally.

Syria's membership of the OIC was suspended at the organization's last summit, despite strong Iranian objections, and the civil war there is likely to be one of the main issues discussed in Cairo next week.

Bottom line: any intra-Islam bickering between Sharia-breathing, Sunni and Shia Islamists over Syria and other issues is trumped by a shared commitment to subjugate--or slaughter--Christians and Jews.

I wonder what else Morsi and Ahmadenijad will discuss behind closed doors. Apes and pigs? Maybe American-made F-16s?

posted @ Monday, February 04, 2013 4:51 PM | Feedback (0)