TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s newly-appointed Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan voiced the concern that the recent events and unrests in Egypt would provide an excuse for the trans-regional states to reinvigorate their presence in the region.
“Increased instability in Egypt and escalation of insecurity in the region will create a security gap in North Africa and pave the ground for the presence of the trans-regional forces and can change the power balance to the West and the Zionist regime’s interest in the long term,” Dehqan told reporters on the first day of his work as the defense minister of President Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet on Saturday.
He underlined the necessity for the establishment of democracy in Egypt and attention to the Egyptian people’s demands, and said, “The regrettable events in Egypt will have no result but continued weakening of the country’s national power.”
Dehqan underlined the necessity for the Egyptian army’s return to its previous position as a balancing body in the country’s developments, and said, “Continuation of the current trend will lead to the spread of internal conflicts and finally, the social and security collapse of the country.”
Over Around 600 Egyptian protesters have been reported killed in clashes since security forces moved in to forcefully disperse protesters loyal to ousted President Mursi at protest camps in Cairo early Wednesday.
Egypt plunged into violence after the country’s army ousted President Mursi, a senior leader of Ikhwan al-Muslimun party, suspended the constitution, and dissolved the parliament on July 3. The military overthrow followed days of mass protests against Mursi.
The army also declared chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, as interim president.
Later in July, the Egyptian Prosecutor General ordered the arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including the supreme leader of the group, Mohammed Badie, on charges of inciting violence.
Many people have been killed in violent clashes involving supporters and opponents of Mursi and security forces in the last few weeks, but many worry that the new clashes may spark a regrettable surge in bloodshed.
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