Iran lauds Egypt house vote to expel Israel envoy (JERUSALEM POST) By OREN KESSLER 03/15/12)
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Iran on Tuesday applauded the Egyptian parliament’s demand a day
earlier that Cairo expel its Israeli ambassador over air strikes in
the Gaza Strip.
“Egypt will never be the friend, partner or ally of the Zionist
entity which we consider as the first enemy of Egypt and the Arab
nation,” said the statement from Egypt’s lower house of parliament,
which called on the Egyptian government to “revise all its relations
and agreements with that enemy.”
The text called for supporting Palestinian “resistance... in all its
kind and forms” in the face of the Jewish state’s “aggressive
policies,” Egypt’s official MENA news agency reported. The statement –
approved unanimously in the Islamist-dominated chamber – also called
for pulling Egypt’s ambassador from Tel Aviv and for an immediate end
to natural gas exports to Israel.
Parliament Speaker Mohamed Saad el- Katatni – representing the Muslim
Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party – asked a parliamentary
committee to “follow the government’s implementation of parliament’s
demands,” MENA reported.
News of the statement was welcomed in Tehran, whose Shi’ite theocracy
has enjoyed warming ties with Egypt since its former president Hosni
Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising over a year ago.
The move by the Egyptian parliament was a “natural” and “logical”
response to “the crimes of the Zionist regime,” Iranian Foreign
Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday, according to the
English-language Tehran Times.
“When people in independent countries take over the helm of affairs,
they do not tolerate the crimes of the Zionist regime, and the move
by the Egyptian parliament was a natural response,” Mehmanparast
said. “The move by the Egyptian parliament is considered logical...
and we hope that all regional countries will achieve a good degree of
independence to end invasions of the occupying Zionist regime.”
Islamists – led by the Brotherhood but also including hardline
Salafists and the more mainstream Al-Wasat party – make up about 70
percent of Egypt’s lower house of parliament and a similar proportion
of the largely-ceremonial upper house, or Shura Council.
Egypt’s parliament is responsible for appointing a 100-member
constituent assembly in charge of drafting a new constitution for the
country. Islamists would like to see the new document reduce the
powers of the presidency in favor of the legislature.
Monday’s vote is largely symbolic, as ultimate authority in Egypt
still resides with the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces
that took control of the government after Mubarak’s exit.
Yaakov Amitai, Israel’s new ambassador in Cairo, presented his
credentials to SCAF leader Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi last
month. Still, the Israeli envoy there has remained without a home
since September, when the embassy was evacuated after hundreds of
rioters stormed the premises, looted the offices and removed the
Israeli flag. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 03/15/12)
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