CAIRO: Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs deputy Hussein Amir Abdel Lahyan thinks ousted President Mohamed Morsi “made a mistake” and Egypt is returning to a democratic path, at a press conference on Wednesday.
“Egypt continuing on its democratic path may help end its crisis,” Abdel Lahyan said, adding that he considers the constitutional referendum a step toward democracy.
“Morsi made a mistake because he did not make use of all the other effective sides and parties. We wish this mistake does not happen again and Egypt becomes free for all Egyptians,” Abdel Lahyan said.
He said also that Iran is worried about a wave of citizen detentions, adding that there is a political dialogue between Iran and Egypt about the issue. He said Egypt should return to a more democratic path after the presidential elections.
The relationship between Iran and Egypt began to thaw during Morsi’s regime after a long period of tension after the 1973 October War. After Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel, tension increased between Egypt and Iran through the end of former President Hosni Mubarak‘s rule.
General Islamic Current spokesperson Hossam Abu El-Bokhary said last April that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had also attempted to harm Egyptian-Iranian relations and ruin the Muslim Brotherhood’s relationship with Salafis, Youm7 reported.
Head of the Egyptian Diplomatic Mission to Iran Khaled Emara met with the Egyptian media delegation that visited Tehran on last December, according to Akhbarelyom newspaper, and said there are promising economic and commercial horizons in their joint cooperation.
Emara also said Iran supports the Egyptian “popular will” that led to the events of June 30. He said Egypt and Iran are two of the major forces in the region and their cooperation serves the region’s interests.
There are no sectarian conflicts between Iran’s Shiite sect teachings and the teachings of Azhar in Egypt, he added.
Additional reporting by Kamel Kamel and Hatem Gamal.