Egypt offers to help ease tension between Iran and Gulf states

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Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy has offered to mediate easing tension between the Gulf States and Iran during his visit on Saturday to the United Arab Emirates.

“The tensions between Iran and the UAE have a negative impact on Egypt, and I am ready to meet any demands from the Gulf Arab states to clear the climate with Iran if needed,” Fahmy said in an interview with Al Arabiya.

“If the Gulf States have no requests, then I will start my discussions with Iran for the interest of both Egypt and the Gulf states and Egypt will not take a position that will hurt the Gulf national security,” Fahmy added.

“Egypt will not take any position that could harm the national security in the Gulf,” he added.

Commenting on Egypt’s relations with the United States, Fahmy said his country will not accept Washington’s intervention in Cairo’s domestic affairs.

But he said Egypt is keen to improve relations with the United States after tension that followed the overthrow of President Mohammad Mursi.

“We will work on improving the relationship with America, however Egypt will not accept to take any particular position dictated by the United States especially if it is concerning the Egyptian’s national security,” he said.

Concerning Syria Fahmy expressed Egypt’s desire to take part in the Genève 2 meeting scheduled for Nov. 23, as announced by Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria.

The peace talks aimed at ending the civil war in Syria will bring together Syria's government and opposition.

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