Non-Aligned Summit Results in 'Fiasco' for Iranian Regime (Frankfurter AllgemeineZeitung, Germany)
the presence of Morsi and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the Non-Aligned-Summit, Iran had hoped to show
the world that it was by no means isolated. But participation of the two ended
in a fiasco. ... With his appearance in Teheran, Morsi's
foreign policy has begun to take shape. Difinitively, any fear that Egypt’s
Muslim Brothers seek an alliance with Iran’s Shiites is a thing of the past."
Egypt President Mohamed Morsi: While he gave Tehran the gift of attending the Non-Aligned Summit in Iran, his criticism of the Syrian regime probably made Ahmadinejad and company sorry about inviting him.
First, U.N. Secretary General
Ban Ki-moon gave Tehran a talking to, and then Egypt
President Morsi frankly named Syria a "repressive
regime." The Non-Aligned-Summit is becoming a fiasco for host country
Iran rolled out
the red carpet for Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi with high
hopes. It was the first visit of an Egyptian head of state to Iran since
the Islamic Revolution in 1979. In the event, Morsi didn't
live up to Iranian expectations, preventing his visit from being exploited for
Thanks to the presence of Morsi and
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the Non-Aligned-Summit,
Iran had hoped to show the world that the Islamic Republic was by no means
isolated. But participation of the two ended in a fiasco for Tehran. First, Ban
Ki-moon, albeit diplomatically, called Iran out for its nuclear program, its disregard
for human rights and its calls for the destruction of Israel. Then Morsi horrified his dumbfounded hosts. He called Syria, which
is still supported by Iran, an oppressive regime, and called for the overthrow
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With his appearance in Teheran, Morsi's
foreign policy has begun to take shape. Difinitively, any fear that Egypt’s Muslim Brothers seek an alliance with
Iran’s Shiites is a thing of the past. And in any case, it was not to be
expected. Over recent decades, the Egyptian Muslim Brothers had to endure too
many humiliations at the hands of Tehran’s arrogant rulers. The fact that Morsi had coordinated his strategy with Saudi Arabia brought
relief Riyadh. Even ruled by the Muslim Brothers, Egypt is obviously on its
side. Morsi is pursuing the isolation of Iran - not a
rapprochement between Sunnis and Shiites.
Egypt, the born-again regional power, is pushing Iran out of
the Arab world. Which is why Morsi is winning friends
in the West. Morsi’s staggering performance in Teheran will not be without consequences. His strategy and
Iran’s predictable reaction have shown that a political solution to end the Syria
conflict with Iranian help is impossible.
Morsi’s proposal of forming a working
group comprised of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey - four countries that
have developed competing political models - is likely to be the final attempt
to find a political solution to the civil war. If Iran fails to grasp the opportunity
soon, the proposal will be taken off the table. Then the search for alternative
solutions will begin, and Iran will certainly have no say in it.
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