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Following the fall of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi from power in
Egypt, Iran and Hezbollah are seeking closer relations with the Brotherhood, the
Lebanese newspaper As-Safir reported.
Recent changes in the region
including the restarting of Israel-Palestinian negotiations, the troubles
related to the Syrian war and the international and Arab opposition to the
Brotherhood in various Arab countries, have led the “resistance axis” to
“rearrange the relationship between Iran and Hezbollah, and the Muslim
The Islamic Republic and the Lebanese terrorist
organization both identify with the Shi’ite sect of Islam while the Brotherhood
is a Sunni movement.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a
meeting of the Iranian National Security Council, deemed what happened in Egypt
as distressing and dangerous and that it would have negative repercussions on
the Islamic reality. He said that no matter what mistakes the Brotherhood has
made during its time of leadership in Egypt, it should not lead to the end of
the Islamic revival in the region, referring to the Arab uprisings. Iran must
support this revival and reengage, he said according to sources quoted in
Iranian officials have already begun holding intensive
meetings with prominent leaders in the international Brotherhood organization to
deal with outstanding issues, though it also wants to keep channels open with
the new Egyptian leadership.
In recent weeks, meetings were held between
Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas in Beirut and Tehran in order to come to an agreement
to strengthen political and military cooperation despite differences over the
conflict in Syria.
These efforts are being made to outline a new strategy
that will look for points of convergence between the parties of the resistance
and newly elected President Hassan Rouhani will promote unity among the
resistance forces and try to stop sectarian strife in the region.
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