Mubarak’s exit will see emergence of new Middle East: Iran’s AhmadinejadFebruary 12th, 2011 - 8:21 am ICT by ANI
Tehran (Iran), Feb.12 (ANI): Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that the exit of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will see the emergence of a “new Middle East”.
Addressing his people in Tehran’s Azadi Square on the occasion of the 32nd anniversary of the Iranian revolution of 1979, Ahmadinejad welcomed the emergence of what he called a “new Middle East, without the Zionist regime (Israel) and U.S. interference.”
He, however, stopped short of asserting that the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt had been directly inspired by Iran’s Islamic Revolution.
Addressing the Egyptian people, Mr. Ahmadinejad said: “It is your right to be free. It is your right to exercise your will and sovereignty.”
Meanwhile, the Iranian authorities have stepped up pressure against the opposition in recent days. Iranian officials have expressed contempt for the march proposed by the opposition for Monday, calling the idea “divisive” and “politically motivated.”
Senior commanders of the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps have indicated that there will be no tolerance for opposition activity.
The Revolutionary Guards played a central role in the suppression of street protests after the disputed presidential election in June 2009.
In light of the events in Tunisia and Egypt, many supporters of Iran’s opposition have been hoping that the proposed march might revitalize a movement subdued by an effective campaign of state violence, threats, imprisonment of key figures and a blanket ban on access to the government media. (ANI)
- Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei praises unrest in Egypt, Tunisia - Feb 05, 2011
- Iran marks 33rd anniversary of Islamic Revolution - Feb 12, 2012
- One protester dies in Iran clashes, opposition leader detained (Second Lead) - Feb 15, 2011
- Iran congratulates Egyptian people's 'victory' - Feb 12, 2011
- Iran opposition says Monday anti-government rally will go ahead - Feb 14, 2011
- Regional developments present new opportunity: Iran - Feb 15, 2011
- Iranian, Egyptian presidents discuss NAM objectives, region - Aug 30, 2012
- Iran to announce new 'big' nuclear achievements - Feb 11, 2012
- Clashes in Iran, opposition leader under house arrest (Lead) - Feb 15, 2011
- Iran to 'powerfully' respond to a US attack - Nov 10, 2011
- Recent uprising in Cairo 'not an Islamic Revolution': Egypt expert - Feb 19, 2011
- Ahmadinejad to unveil nuclear achievements Wednesday - Feb 15, 2012
- The Mubarak effect - protests spread near and far (Lead) - Feb 15, 2011
- 'Mideast massive protests' a replay of 1979 Islamic revolution: Iranian conservatives - Jan 29, 2011
- EU urges Iran against using force (Second Lead) - Feb 15, 2011
Tags: azadi square, blanket ban, egyptian president hosni mubarak, government media, hosni mubarak, iranian authorities, iranian officials, iranian president mahmoud, iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad, iranian revolution, islamic revolution, islamic revolutionary guards corps, mahmoud ahmadinejad, president hosni mubarak, president mahmoud ahmadinejad, revolutionary guards, state violence, street protests, tehran iran, zionist regime israel