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Iran Insists Will Defend its ‘Nuclear Rights’; Pledges to Support Hamas at El-Sisi’s Inauguration

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Iran's bomb threatening the Middle East, in Israel's Ministry of Diaspora Affairs animated video. Photo: Screenshot.

Iran's bomb threatening the Middle East, in Israel's Ministry of Diaspora Affairs animated video. Photo: Screenshot.

Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister in charge of Arab and African Affairs, on Tuesday said Tehran “is resolved to defend its nuclear rights in the ongoing talks with the world powers, stressing that the Iranian negotiators would never compromise national interests under any conditions,” according to semi-official Iranian media Fars.

Fars said Amir Abdollahian, while in Cairo for President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s inauguration, gave an interview to Lebanon’s Al Akhbar, in which he “underscored that Iran will not give up its right to advance its peaceful nuclear program” and “stressed that the country will continue constructive talks with Group 5+1 (the US, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany).”

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When he met El-Sisi in Cairo, Amir-Abdollahian told him that, while Egypt has outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood, Iran would continue to support Brotherhood-affiliate Hamas, in Gaza, Iranian state media outlet Mehr cited from the same interview.

In Mehr’s words: “He underscored that Iranˈs support for Hamas in the occupied Palestine is Tehran’s support for the Palestinian nation and this issue should not harm Tehran-Egypt relations.”

Mehr also reported that he said, “Some foreign partners aim to disturb the good relations between Iran and other regional states.”

Outside of Hamas, Amir-Abdollahian promised El-Sisi help in all other areas. He said that “Iran is ready to increase cooperation with Egyptian government and nation” and that “Tehran is ready to help Cairo in all fields and expand relations with Egypt based on mutual respect.”

He said that “all regional states including Egypt, Iran and the Persian Gulf littoral states have common interests in securing the regionˈs stability,” Mehr reported. “Expressing his satisfaction with the current relations between Iran and all regional states including Saudi Arabia, he noted that Tehran is keen to increase the level of ties with them.”

Mehr said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was unable to attend the inauguration in Cairo due to his pre-planned trip to Turkey on Monday.

Turkey, Qatar and Israel were not invited to the presidential inauguration, although Israeli leaders said they congratulated El-Sisi by phone on his victory.

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