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Report: Egyptian FM criticizes Iran on Palestinian issue
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09:52, December 15, 2008

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Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit on Sunday strongly criticized Iran on its practices to the Palestinian issue, saying Iran "does not want any good for the Palestinian people."

Abul Gheit made the remarks prior to his departure to Europe for a visit to Prague on Sunday, the state MENA news agency reported.

"Iranians want to impose and spread their own ideology in the region," Abul Gheit was quoted as saying.

Commenting on some Iranian officials' remarks on the Palestinian issue, the Egyptian top diplomat said "They provide nothing for the Palestinian cause, save hollow speeches and unfounded allegations."

Earlier on Sunday, Egyptian Foreign Ministry rebuked Iran's Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani for his criticism on Egypt's closure of Rafah crossing at the border with the Palestinian enclave of Gaza Strip.

"Egypt can not accept outbidding over its stance on the Palestinian cause," Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki said in a statement.

On Tuesday, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry summoned Iranian diplomatic representative in Cairo in protest against recent anti-Egypt demonstrations in Iran.

Iran and Egypt currently only have interest sections in each other after Iran cut the ties in 1980 to protest against Egypt's recognition of Israel.

The bilateral relations have witnessed gradual improvement in recent years but no landmark progress has been reached.

Source: Xinhua

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