Iran courts closer ties with Jordan, Egypt

November 22, 2012 19:50

Iran has made very public overtures to both Jordan and Egypt this week in what can be seen as its ongoing attempts to extend its influence in the region.

Tehran's ambassador to Jordan, Dr. Mostafa Mosleh-Zadeh, said late on Wednesday that Tehran is ready to supply Jordan with free oil and energy for the next 30 years, in return for goods the Islamic Republic needs.

Mosleh-Zadeh said that Tehran is seeking to increase "diplomatic and commercial relations" with Jordan, in comments made on the Fi al-Samim program aired by Jordan's Josat TV, according to Jordanian news outlet Petra News.

The Iranian ambassador's comments come weeks after a decision by the Jordanian government to cut fuel subsidies sparked mass and sometimes violent popular protests, including calls for the overthrow of King Abdullah II.

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