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An Iranian lawmaker says the European Union seeks to engineer the situation in the crisis-hit Egypt in its own interest, arguing that Egyptians do not need foreign mediation to gain democracy.

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EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton arrives for a meeting with deposed Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, in Cairo, July 29, 2013.

“Egypt is of such great strategic significance to both the European Union and the US that they are attempting to fake a mediatory role to gain a popular footing in Egypt in the first place, and on the other hand, realize their common interests, which include protecting the security of the Zionist regime [of Israel],” Member of Iran Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Mohammad Saleh Jokar stated on Thursday.

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The lawmaker noted that by ousting former dictator Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian nation proved they do not need mediation to become a democratic country; and are fully capable of building their favorite country through referendum.

Jokar further questioned the motives behind EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton’s recent visit to Egypt and her meeting with the county’s deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, who remains under military custody.

“In Egypt’s tense political climate, Catherin Ashton has not traveled to this country as mediator to resolve the crisis, but by sending an envoy the eurozone countries are seeking to exploit the current situation in Egypt as best as they can,” he noted.

The legislator said Egypt’s influence as a key player in the Middle East and Arab world has prompted Ashton to visit the country to press Cairo officials to meet the EU’s demands.

He further criticized the EU’s double standards, blaming the bloc for failing to condemn the military coup that ousted the democratically elected Egyptian government.

Egypt plunged into violence in early July, after the Egyptian Army removed Morsi from office, suspended the constitution and declared head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmoud Mansour, as the country’s interim president.

Many people have since lost their lives in clashes between supporters and opponents of the ousted president and the security forces across the country.

On July 27 alone, at least 150 people were killed and scores of others injured in clashes during rival demonstrations.




An Iranian lawmaker has warned against the western plots aimed at sowing discord among the Muslim Nations of the region.

Member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Mohammad-Saleh Jokar said Sunday that unity among Iran and regional Arab nations is the only way to show the true power of the Muslim world.

“Colonial powers are trying to guarantee their stay in the [Middle East] region by sowing discord among Muslim countries,” added Jokar.

The lawmaker said world powers consider unity among Iran and Arab states against their interests and therefore try to prevent it by pursuing an Iranophobia campaign.

“Arab countries have realized that falling into the Iranophobia trap will inflict great losses on them and [it is] only through unity and alliance with Iran that the Muslim world’s power will be realized,” he stated.

Jokar further pointed to sectarian and racial conflicts as well as border tensions and secessionist movements as components of the US-led campaign to prevent Iran’s influence on the Islamic Awakening.