Saudi concerns over Egyptian-Iranian rapprochement
Following the announcement by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Monday night, welcoming the resumption of diplomatic relations with Iran, Saudi concerns have intensified. The Egyptian announcement comes after the country's Foreign Minister Nabil al Arabi said Iran is not considered a hostile state by the Egyptian government. He also expressed Egypt's readiness to open new page in the relationship with Iran-backed Hizbullah and Hamas and go ahead with the restoration of ties with Syria.
It seems that the warming relations between Cairo and Damascus, Tehran's closest ally in the region, is a clear indication of Egypt's new foreign policy. Egypt got positive signals from Damascus during the recent visit by intelligence chief Major General Mohammed Mowafy days after the revolution in Egypt.
The new Egyptian diplomacy was welcomed by senior officials in Tehran. The Chairman of the National Security and External Relations Committee, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, described the resumption of relations with Egypt as "important opportunity" for Iran. On his part, Mojtaba Amani,the chief of the Iranian interests consulate in Cairo, conveyed efforts are underway between Cairo and Tehran to accelerate the process to restore full diplomatic relations between the two sides, pointing to the "full satisfaction and positive remarks regarding Iran, by Nabil Arabi.
On the other hand, it was no secret that Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, supported the survival in power of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. The Saudi King and Mubarak have been close political allies.
There were no public indicators of the growing Saudi concerns regarding the Egyptian-Iranian rapprochement .However, the official Saudi media has escalated its criticism towards Iran in recent days.