It was announced Saturday that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi would be attending a summit in Iran later this month. The trip marks a historic step forward in the relationship between the two nations that had broken ties after the the Iranian Revolution and Egypt’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel. Iran has tried to repair the relationship since the ousting of previous Egyptian President Honsi Muburak, who had been an ally of the United States. Earlier in the month, Iranian Vice President Hamid Bahaei hand-delivered an invitation to Morsi inviting him to the event in Tehran.
The news has alarmed some observers, for it appears to indicate that the new democratically elected Egyptian president–and former Muslim Brotherhood member–may be siding with conservative Islamists in Egypt who have been urging Morsi to strengthen bonds with Shiite Muslim-dominated Iran. The Tehran meeting diverts from the policy of isolation towards Iran that has been encouraged by the U.S., who gives $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt.
The competing political interests and growing unrest among the people in the “new” Egypt is becoming more evident. Writing in The Algemeiner, Raymond Ibrahim brought attention to several Arabic websites last week that reported Muslim Brotherhood supporters had been terrorizing the secular media, and allegedly “crucified” those opposing Morsi naked on trees in front of the presidential palace. The report notes that El Ebalad, a widely read Egyptian website, noted earlier in the month that “thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters” attacked media facilities and beat the chief editor of a secular newspaper.
Ibrahim joined “Real News From The Blaze” Monday to discuss the announcement of Morsi’s trip to Iran, and the disturbing reports coming from within Egypt. Watch a clip from Monday’s show below: