Iran congratulates Egyptians on victory
Iran’s Foreign Ministry has congratulated the Egyptian people on their victory against the three-decade rule of President Hosni Mubarak.
“We congratulate the great nation of Egypt on this victory and we share their happiness,” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in a statement on Friday.
Hours earlier, newly appointed Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman announced Mubarak’s decision to step down and transfer power to the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces, despite popular calls for the formation of a civilian government.
Salehi underlined the coincidence of the 32nd anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and the resignation of the Egyptian dictator, and highlighted the Iranian nation’s support for the pro-democracy revolution in Egypt.
"“Today, our dear people with their millions-strong turnout [in Friday’s demonstrations] while hailing the glorious Islamic Revolution across Iran, announced their support for the brave and justice-seeking movement by the history-makers of Egypt."
The Iranian foreign minister also expressed hope that the Egyptian nation would stand up for its legitimate rights and complete its victory.
Salehi also called on the Egyptian army to join the people in their pro-democracy and independence-seeking movement.
“The Egyptian army is expected to play its historic role at this critical juncture, given its brilliant record of fighting oppression and violations by the Zionist Regime [of Israel], and support its great nation and meet its demands to realize its objectives.”
Millions of Egyptians have for the past 18 days called for the departure of Mubarak and the establishment of a democratic government.
Egyptians took to the streets into the streets to celebrate the toppling of the 82-year-old dictator.
Meanwhile, the main opposition party, the Muslim Brotherhood, has called on the military to swiftly hand over power to a civilian-led government.
The Muslim Brotherhood has also called for the establishment of a constitution that "guarantees freedom and human Rights."
The transition means that Egypt, which has been under a state of emergency for the past 30 years, will continue to be ruled by the military.
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