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Morsy’s meeting with Abbas leaves Iran cold

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Iran hopes that their time with the president will finally come at the end of next week

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with President Morsy in Cairo on Thursday (AFP)

After a week of high profile trips and visitors, there is one regional player in particular that is feeling left out in the cold – Iran.

Iranian officials are still eager to get face-time with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy, sending a representative to see him next week after his visit with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Morsy’s popularity may still be fragile within his own nation, but among regional neighbours, he is the man to see.

Following Morsy’s election victory, the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quick to congratulate him and to invite ‘His Excellency’ Morsy to Tehran for a summit of Non Aligned Movement (NAM) nations in mid-August.

Since then Morsy has been busy meeting with Saudi King Abdullah and United States Secretary Hillary Clinton.

The president met with the Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday, and will similarly meet with the head of Hamas bureau Khalid Misha’al today, followed by meetings with an Iranian representative next week.

Morsy is still new to regional discussions, but observers of regional policy debates believe that Morsy may be out to forge stronger ties with an internationally isolated Iran.

Morsy has consistently said he will not be favouring any one Palestinian representative over another but his meeting with Abbas is worrisome to Iran, which has harboured a longstanding grudge since Egypt recognised the state of Israel and enforces the blockade on Gaza.

Abbas himself is no doubt trying to get Morsy on ‘his side,’ as will Misha’al today.

Ahmadinejad has been particularly eager to get time with Morsy, almost persistently pushing for his attendance at the NAM summit in Tehran in late August.

Iran is not ready to give up, and has been committed to getting a response from Morsy.

Tehran will be sending Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi, Ahmadinejad’s top adviser to invite him in person next week.

A nod from Morsy is what Iran needs to hear after a meeting with now Saudi-backed Palestinian President Abbas.

In a clear counter-move, Morsy’s attendance at NAM would put the Saudi-Iranian balance in the region back in play.

Morsy has not indicated whether he plans to participate.

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Luiz Sanchez

Luiz Sanchez

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Luiz is a Brazilian journalist in Cairo @luizdaVeiga

  • ABDYUL.A.SHAIKH

    EVEN MORSY WANT A WARM RELATION WITH IRAN,HE CAN NOT. WHY?
    American aid and support he needed. American aid seekers do not have any choice.They have to take orders from their Master.
    Where is democracy in Pakistan.? 75% population is openly aginst Nato supply and drones but it is on. why?
    Very soon attacts on islamic millitants will start in Egypt same as started in Yemen.?
    India did back off Iranian gass pipe line. why? Pakistan is on heavy pressure but Iranin aid is more than Americans.
    if you want to live as a dignify nation. STOP SEEKING AMERICAN AID.

  • loren stultz

    To have a leading rule of Egypt in the region and a well balanced policy ,he MUST HAVE a very close relation with Iran ,even to allow military bases on the ground ,as many of the Egyptians are wishing that !Egypt must get far away from the Zionist influence and start its own policy that suits to its interest.

  • http://[email protected] ALMAR

    ITS GOOD TO LEAVE IRAN OUT IN COLD TILL THEY STOP SYRIA SUPPORT ALSO THEY NEED TO BE CONVINCED THEIR INTREST WILL B ERESPECTED IF THEY LET REBELS WIN
    MORSY IS SMART TO KEEP HIS OPINIONS TO HIMSELF AND KEEP EVERYONE GUESSING


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