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14:38 | 2013-01-12

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Analyst: Strong Ties between Iran, Egypt Irk Persian Gulf Monarchies

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran and Egypt are two important poles of the Islamic world and strong relations between them irk not only the US and Israel but also the Persian Gulf monarchies, a prominent political analyst said.

An international lawyer and political analyst says the restoration of bilateral relations between Iran and Egypt irritates the United States and Israel, Press TV reports.

"We have to admit that Iran is the biggest state that the US wanted to always nail and it is the biggest Islamic pole in this area of the world (the Persian Gulf and the Middle East)," Marwan al-Ashaal said in an interview with press tv on Friday.

"Egypt is the other counterpart of Iran in this part of the world and adjacent to Israel; this is very much of the fact," he added.

The analyst went on to say that Iran and Egypt are not only the two poles of the Islamic nations, but are also the controllers of Asia and Africa and their strong ties also irk the Persian Gulf monarchies.

"If Egypt allies with Iran and they restore full relationships as it was in the 70's and before, this would create a threat to the PGCC (Persian Gulf Cooperation Council) countries," the activist added.

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 Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi officially invited the then Egyptian counterpart Nabil Al-Arabi to pay a visit to Tehran.

Later, the Iranian foreign minister and his former Egyptian counterpart also held a meeting in Bali, Indonesia.

Also, during the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran late August, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Egyptian counterpart conferred on ways to promote the bilateral relations between Tehran and Cairo, and stressed the need for continued consultations in this regard.

In a latest development, President Mursi in a meeting with Salehi in Cairo in September said that Iran plays an important role in resolving the regional crises, and underlined that Tehran and Cairo should be united in dealing with global challenges.

"When the followers of unrighteousness are united in their unrighteous path, why should not we go united in our right position when dealing with global challenges," Mursi said.

Stressing that Egypt assumes Iran's stability as its own stability, he said, "There is no problem between Iran and Egypt."