“Cairo-Tehran tensions high ahead of NAM summit in Egypt”

“Cairo-Tehran tensions high ahead of NAM summit in Egypt”
July 1-8, 2009
     As Egypt prepares to host the 15th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, a lawyer of the Muslim Brotherhood has filed a complaint with Egypt’s prosecutor general to prevent the attendance of President Ahmadinejad. The lawyer called Ahmadinejad’s reelection illegitimate and accused Ahmadinejad of provoking Sunnis by insulting two companions of the Prophet Mohammed (Al Arabiya, The National). Egyptian navy vessels recently accompanied an Israeli Dolphin-class submarine through the Suez Canal in a move described as a show of coordination in the face of Iran’s nuclear program (Agence France-Presse). The submarines, which are believed to carry nuclear missiles, have long avoided the Suez Canal to prevent exposure to Egyptian authorities (Reuters).
     Michael Crowley outlines the troubled history between Egypt and Iran, writing that tensions have worsened since Cairo blocked its borders with Palestinian group Hamas, which receives support from Tehran, during Israel’s recent military offensive against the Gaza Strip. Earlier this year, Egyptian authorities arrested members of an alleged Hezbollah cell and accused Tehran of attempting to topple the Egyptian government. Crowley argues this rivalry has allowed the US to enlist Cairo’s support in uniting Sunni Arab opposition to Iran’s nuclear program and increase pressure on Tehran (New Republic).
Al Arabiya | The National | Agence-France Presse | Reuters | New Republic

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