Iran congratulates Egyptian people’s ‘victory’By IANS
Friday, February 11, 2011
TEHRAN - Iran congratulated the Egyptian people on their “victory” as President Hosni Mubarak quit Friday night following 18 days of unprecedented public protests and offered its support to the pro-democracy revolution.
“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, according to the Press TV.
Salehi also sought to draw a connection with the 32nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and Mubarak’s resignation.
“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.”
Salehi also called on the Egyptian army to join the people in their pro-democracy movement.
The channel also quoted Iran’s National Security Council secretary Saeed Jalili as saying: “The United States and Europe must be answerable to the Egyptian people for supporting a dictatorship for 30 years.”
He also drew a connection of the developments in Egypt with the anniversary of the Iranian revolution, terming it “the day of triumph for regional nations”.