Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah 311 AP.
(photo credit: AP)
Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah is "walking in the footsteps of his
mentor," Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Egyptian Foreign
Ministry spokesman Husam Zaki told the Saudi daily al-Watan on Wednesday.
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The spokesman accused the two Shi'ite leaders of wanting "to ignite the region."
"Nasrallah does not have the right to accuse Egypt of being a follower
of Israel and the US at a time when he works on shattering the unified
front in Palestine and Lebanon to implement Iranian agendas," Zaki said.
Hizbullah did not address comments from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry,
but it did say that one of its senior members who escaped from an
Egyptian prison during the unrest surrounding anti-government protests
in that country was still in Egypt. Reuters had previously reported that
Sami Chehab had arrived in Lebanon, according to London-based A-Sharq Al-Awsat
Arabic language newspaper.
Hizbullah said that it would have properly welcomed Chehab, who was
arrested last year for allegedly plotting to attack targets in Egypt, if
he had arrived in Lebanon.
Also on Wednesday, Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman said that
terror organizations are the primary threat to the security of Egypt and
that many operatives of al-Qaida and other Jihadist organizations had
escaped from the country's prisons recently. Suleiman also told Egyptian
that those terrorist organizations had refused to stop the violence and unrest in Egypt, which he seemed to blame on them.
in Iraq called on Egyptians to free all those imprisoned by Mubarak's
regime and called for holy war against Egyptian government, in a
statement released to an Islamist website Tuesday, Reuters reported.
for a strictly Islamic government in Egypt, the group said that "If the
people of Islam die trying to reach this goal, it is better for them
than having a tyrant who rules them with laws other than God's Sharia
law," according to the report.