By Tom Perry along with Yasmine Saleh
CAIRO Tue Feb 5, 2013 12:02pm EST
CAIRO (Reuters) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seemed to be both equally kissed and also scolded about Tuesday when he initiated the 1st go to that will Egypt by way of a good Iranian chief executive since Tehran's 1979 Islamic revolution.
The trip seemed to be designed to underline a new thaw inside associations considering that Egyptians chosen an Islamist travel regarding state, President Mohamed Mursi, previous June. But this also pointed out serious theological and also geopolitical differences.
Mursi, a new member belonging to the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, kissed Ahmadinejad right after he arrived at Cairo air port as well as offered your pet a crimson carpet reception together with military services honors. Ahmadinejad beamed because they shook fingers using waiting dignitaries.
But this Shi'ite Iranian innovator received a new brisk rebuke when he / she achieved Egypt's major Sunni Muslim scholar later at Cairo's historic al-Azhar mosque along with university.
Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, head belonging to the 1,000-year-old seat connected with non secular learning, urged Iran to help refrain from interfering throughout Gulf Arab states, to celebrate Bahrain while a "sisterly Arab nation" along with declined the file format regarding Shi'ite Muslim affect in Sunni countries, a declaration through al-Azhar said.
Visiting Cairo to attend a strong Islamic summit in which will begin with Wednesday, Ahmadinejad informed a information conference your dog thought his or her holiday would be "a new beginning point in relations among us".
However, a older cleric from your Egyptian seminary, Hassan al-Shafai, who seem to shown up together him, mentioned this getting together with acquired degenerated into an transaction connected with theological differences.
"There ensued many misconceptions on several problems that could include a strong effect on the cultural, political and sociable environment connected with both countries," Shafai said.
"The concerns were such in which the particular grand sheikh discovered how the meeting . could not serve the desired purpose."
The take a look at can have also been unthinkable over the procedure involving Hosni Mubarak, that military-backed autocrat whom preserved Egypt's contentment treaty with Israel for the duration of his 30 many years inside strength as well as deepened jewelry between Cairo along with the West.
"The political geography of the district will change in case Iran as well as Egypt receive a unified place to the Palestinian question," Ahmadinejad claimed inside an job interview together with Al Mayadeen, some sort of Beirut-based TV station, within the eve connected with his or her trip.
He reported your dog wanted to go to your Gaza Strip, the particular Palestinian territory which will others who live nearby Egypt into the east which is operate because of the Islamist mobility Hamas. "If they enable it, I would check out Gaza for vacations that people," Ahmadinejad said.
Analysts skepticism how the ancient modifications of which brought Mursi in order to power could cause a full renewal with diplomatic scarves in between says in whose relations were being damaged out of following your conclusion of Egypt's peace treaty along with Israel in 1979.
OBSTACLES TO FULL TIES
At your airport terminal each management outlined methods to improving relationships along with getting rid of the Syrian situation "without resorting to be able to military services intervention", Egyptian condition storage devices reported.
Egypt is worried by way of Iran's help intended for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is attempting to mash an uprising motivated with the revolt in which swept Mubarak from energy 2 yrs ago. Egypt's overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim inhabitants are broadly supportive in the uprising alongside Assad's Alawite-led administration.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr searched for to reassure Gulf Arab allies - which can be helping Cairo's battered condition money and are deeply suspicious of Iran - of which Egypt will not jeopardize their security.
"The reliability with the Gulf states could be the security regarding Egypt," this individual said with remarks reported by the established MENA news agency.
Mursi wants to maintain ties with all the United States, this way to obtain $1.3 million in aid each one year towards the influential Egyptian military.
"The refurbishment with total associations together with Iran in such a span is difficult, despite the actual temperature with scarves . as a result of quite a few problems such as the Syrian crisis and Cairo's inbound links using the Gulf states, Israel plus the United States," mentioned one past Egyptian diplomat.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said they appeared to be optimists this scarves could expand closer.
"We are usually slowly but surely improving. We should be slightly bit patient. I'm very for sure in regards to the enlargement in the bilateral relationship," they instructed Reuters. Asked where your dog discovered room with regard to better ties, he said: "Trade as well as economics."
Egypt plus Iran have obtained opposite programs considering that the overdue 1970s. Egypt, beneath Mubarak's precursor Anwar Sadat, concluded a serenity treaty having Israel throughout 1979 and started to be a in close proximity fically from the United States as well as Europe. Iran through 1979 changed into your center associated with resistance to Western influence inside Middle East.
Symbolically, Iran referred to as a neighborhood inside Tehran following your Islamist who contributed the actual 1981 assassination connected with Sadat.
Egypt afforded asylum and a state funeral that will Iran's exiled Shah Reza Pahlavi, which ended up being overthrown within the 1979 Iranian revolution. He can be hidden from a mosque alongside Cairo's mediaeval Citadel along with his / her ex-brother-in-law, Egypt's very last king, Farouk.
(Additional reporting through Ayman Samir, Marwa Awad as well as Alexander Diadosz; Writing through Paul Taylor in addition to Tom Perry; Editing simply by Andrew Roche and Robin Pomeroy)