Iran media suggest ambivalent attitude toward Morsi’s views
Khabar Online: In forging ties with the new Egyptian government, the Iranian politicians seemed to become simplistically overjoyed, since their estimations did not correspond to the current situation of Egypt, a problem which may downgrade the diplomatic status of Iran.
Days after the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran ended, the peripheral issues related to the meeting are still debated. An interesting phenomenon of the summit was the ambivalent attitude of Iranian media in welcoming the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and seeing him off.
Before the Egyptian President makes a visit to Iran, several Iranian media (mostly state-run) suggested unrealistic and exaggerated positive views on the outcome of his visit to Iran and some analysts called it a landmark in Iran’s relation with Egypt.
However, after Mr. Morsi delivered a fiery speech against the Syrian regime- an ally of Iran in the Middle East- at the NAM summit in Tehran, those media and analysts began to slam the Egyptian Islamist President for his views on the Syrian crisis.
This is a phenomenon traceable in Iranian media at times and can be regarded in terms of media pathology. Nevertheless, such a problem is not just limited to Iranian media and is seen in the other Middle Eastern media and statements made by some political analysts in the region.
One should not forget the hurried response and non-diplomatic insistence of the Iranian politicians to the news about the visit of Mr. Morsi to Iran which were not congruent with the real situation of Egypt and could not bring a desirable result.
Such approach indeed suggests that the Islamic Republic of Iran needs to establish diplomatic relation with Egypt, but based on historical reality Iran has been able to achieve a political status without the mediation of Egypt and based on the nature of revolutions, people’s demand and securing national, Arabic, Islamic interests, Cairo will tend to forge a diplomatic tie with Iran, although gradually and step by step.
From a realistic view, it was obvious from the beginning that the visit paid by the Egytion President to Iran will simply be a routine diplomatic task for handing over the presidency of NAM to Iran and that was not supposed to serve further expectations.
But many Iranian political analysts regrettably ignored the complexity of developments in the Egyptian society and thought as the new Egyptian revolutionary president Mr. Morsi enjoys absolute power enabling to introduce new approaches in the foreign policy of his country. As a matter-of-fact, Egyptian diplomacy is still a follow up to the trend of Hosni Mubarak's regime and revolutionary ideas have not found a place in the current foreign policy of Egypt.
Having said that, one should not illustrate a demise prospect for the diplomatic relation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Egypt, because the relations between the two nations have historical backgrounds and in political, strategic and geopolitical terms strengthening tie of the Egyptian revolutionary government with the Islamic Republic of Iran is inevitable.
Although the process of domestic developments in Egypt are still underway and power has been handed over to the president elect, military, economic and even security structures of the country are still related to and depend on the United States and reactionary Arabian regimes of the Middle East, therefore at the moment one cannot expect a fundamental development in them.
When the foes of his Republic of Iran's system are making efforts to make us isolated, unfortunately by making pungent statements some Iranian media and political analysts have adopted an enemy-making measure which we already witnessed in the case of Turkey, the other Islamic country which generally has a friendly relation with Iran.
While Iran criticizes some policies adopted by the Turkish government and regards them against the expediency of the Islamic world particularly in the region, Turkey is one of the strategic friends of Iran which has frequently backed the Islamic Republic in some critical moments. The same is true about Tehran's future of relations with the new Egyptian government.