Monday, August 20, 2012

Morsy takes a detour to China and Iran...Oh dear without US Permission

Egypt’s President, Mohamed Morsy is heading for China and Iran — a path-breaking visit that is unlikely to please the United States that has gone overboard to cultivate the recently elected new leadership in Cairo.

Mr. Morsy will land in Beijing on Monday, before heading for Tehran to attend the summit of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) there. This will be the first visit by an Egyptian President to Iran, since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The importance of the visit has not been lost on the Iranians. “Since long time ago, Egypt and Iran as two big Muslim countries have had close ties and played key roles in the Islamic civilization,” observed Ali Larijani, the Speaker of Majlis, Iran’s parliament.

The Iran-Egypt relationship had been deeply soured during the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak — evident from the absence of the two embassies in their respective capitals.

Analysts point out that the region’s geopolitical map may fundamentally realign if the Egyptian President’s visit to Tehran leads to a process of robust re-engagement between the two heavyweights. Read More