NO surprise: Iranians float idea Israel responsible for Egypt Air crash

  A logo of Airbus is pictured on their booth during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, May 22, 2017. May 23, 2016 True to form, the Iranian semi-official FARS News Agency has claimed many Egyptians believe Israel was behind the crash of an EgyptAir A320 in the Mediterranean Sea [...]

By |May 23rd, 2016|Egypt, Israel|

Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood: The best of enemies?

Hassan al-Banna the founder of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (left) and Ayatollah Khomeini the founder of the Islamic Republic in Iran (right). May 20, 2016 When the Arab Spring revolutions broke out in 2011, the Islamic Republic of Iran hailed them as an “Islamic awakening” and considered them as a continuation of its [...]

By |May 20th, 2016|Egypt, Iran, Palestine, Tunisia, Turkey|

Egypt sets conditions for dialogue with Iran

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry April 26, 2016 When Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took office in June 2014, he invited Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to attend the inauguration ceremony, which sparked talk about a possible restoration of relations between the two countries. During a March 31 interview with the Saudi newspaper Okaz, Egyptian Foreign Minister [...]

By |April 26th, 2016|Egypt|

Egypt Fears ‘Quiet Takeover’ by Iran-Backed Shi’a Islam

  Iranian Shiite Muslims sit after rubbing mud on their body during the 'Kharrah Mali' (Mud Rubbing) ritual to mark the Ashura religious ceremony in the city of Khorramabad. (AFP) March 23, 2016 The Egyptian government has warned against an alleged Iranian plot to bolster Shi’a Islam in five regions, from which it [...]

By |March 23rd, 2016|Egypt|

Egypt has said it is looking to resumption of oil imports from Iran.

The jetty on Kharg Island, Iran, seen, July 1971. (AP) January 25, 2016   Iran’s first cargo of petrochemical products in recent years has left for Egypt, marking the resumption of trade ties between the two major Muslim countries, the Mehr news agency says.  Intensified sanctions imposed on Iran in 2012 put a [...]

By |January 25th, 2016|Egypt|

Egypt: With Iran Sanctions Lifted, What Will Become of Egypt?

January 21, 2016 On the same day long-standing international sanctions on Iran were lifted, 140 Saudi Islamic clerics signed a statement calling on the Saudi government "and all the governments and people of Muslim nations" to unite against the "existential threat" posed by Iran to all Muslims, both "the regimes and the peoples". But in [...]

By |January 21st, 2016|Egypt|

Iranian cleric calls out Egypt’s Al-Azhar for anti-Shiite activities

Former Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures during conference, May 9, 2011. (Reuters) December 28, 2015 Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi wrote an open letter to Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University, warning him about the dangers of the recent anti-Shiite activities at the university. Makarem Shirazi wrote that Al-Azhar has been [...]

By |December 28th, 2015|Egypt|

Egypt rejects ‘Iran’s interference in Arab countries’ domestic affairs’

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in February 19, 2015. July 21, 2015 Egypt said it completely rejects Iran’s interference in Arab countries' domestic affairs after Iran’s supreme leader said that Iran backs the “oppressed people” in Bahrain, read a statement from Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday. On Saturday, Khamenei said that [...]

By |July 21st, 2015|Egypt|

Iran’s Losing Bet in Egypt

Then Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi embraces then Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad upon his arrival in Cairo on February 5, 2013. By Mehdi Khalaj The collapse of the Morsi government poses new challenges for Iran at a time when its reputation in the Middle East has been taking hits from all sides. Over the past [...]

By |July 8th, 2013|Egypt|

Iran’s Plan to Destabilize Egypt

Then Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi embraces then Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad upon his arrival in Cairo on February 5, 2013. June 6, 2014 The Iranian regime's new enemy, it seems, is Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. Iran's mullahs apparently fear Sisi's secular stance against Islamist movements, and see him as an obstacle to [...]

By |September 23rd, 2012|Egypt|