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Boroujerdi in Cairo press conference

We Counter PJAK Terrorists to Protect Innocent Lives

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, Aug 10 (ICANA) – Chairman of National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Majlis (Parliament), Alaeddin Boroujerdi attended a press conference in Cairo on Tuesday and answered questions posed by reporters.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 7:46:23 PM
We Counter PJAK Terrorists to Protect Innocent Lives

The Iranian lawmaker said the Islamic Republic is ready to share its experience with Egypt to help the country develop after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.

Boroujerdi said that Iran is aware of the situation in Egypt, thus is not in hurry to establish official relations with Cairo, noting that the talks and visits between the officials of the two countries indicate that Tehran-Cairo relations have already been established.

Referring to the current situation of Egypt, Boroujerdi went on to say that Iran has gone through such period, adding, “Iran's situation was more difficult than that of Egypt.”

The official stated that with the collapse of Mubarak regime, Washington could no longer prevent the restoration of ties between Egypt and the Islamic Republic.

He said Egypt is at the heart of the events and developments in the area after the January 25 revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, who had been in power for 30 years.

"Egyptians - no doubt - would determine their fate and that of the area," Boroujerdi said, hoping that the Egyptian upcoming elections would be democratic and fair.

He said Iran and its people love Egypt and Egyptians. "But we are not in a hurry regarding bilateral relations," he said.

When asked if the former regime was an obstacle in resuming the relations, Boroujerdi said: "Let history speak about Mubarak. Today is a new era."

The Iranian official concluded that his country is ready to discuss all obstacles in order to turn a new leaf in Egyptian-Iranian relations.

The top lawmaker brushed aside some news reports that Iran was working to turn Egypt into a Shia state. "We categorically deny these reports and underline that our policy is based on respect for religions and divergent policies," he noted.

In response to a question on recent unrests on Iranian borders with Iraq's Kurdistan, Boroujerdi said: "The terrorist PJAK group maintains (military) presence in this region and their leader resides in Germany which claims to be fighting terrorism."

He said in addition to Germany, there are other (Western) states which claim to be fighting terrorism. "But we see that numerous innocent Iranian civilians are being killed by the PJAK group. We are fighting the PJAK terrorists in order to protect the lives of our citizens."

Earlier in the day, Boroujerdi held a meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi, who is also the secretary general of the Arab League.

In April, al-Arabi called for the normalization of ties with Iran, saying Cairo is committed to mending relations with Tehran.

Post-revolution Egypt looks poised to turn a new page in its relations with the Islamic Republic and as al-Arabi said his country would witness a new phase in its ties with Iran.

Boroujerdi arrived in Cairo from Doha on Monday for a two-day visit to present the invitation letter of the fifth international conference to support Intifada of Palestine, slated to be held in the Iranian capital Tehran in early October, to a number of Egyptian officials.

It is the first visit of Iranian officials to Egypt after the ouster of Egyptian dictator Mubarak in February.

Iran severed ties with Egypt after Cairo signed the 1978 Camp David Accords with the Israeli regime and offered asylum to Iran's deposed dictator Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi.

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