Will America's Arab Allies Strike Their Own Deal with Iran?
by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett, MR Zine, December 22, 2009
On Sunday, the Speaker of the Iranian majlis (parliament), Ali Larijani, met for two hours with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo. Ostensibly, Larijani was in Egypt to attend a meeting of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, which includes Turkey, Kuwait, Niger, Azerbaijan, and Uganda in addition to Egypt and Iran. Larijani publicly described his meeting with Mubarak as "very good and constructive," and official Egyptian and Iranian media reported that the two men discussed bilateral relations and regional issues of mutual concern. After meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit, Larijani declared Iran's support for Palestinian unity and, following a meeting with Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, noted that "relations between the two countries could be a great help for creation of peace and security in the region."
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