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Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Friday, August 31, 2012

Egypt swiftly established as new power

The participation of Mohammed Mursi at the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran is the first time an Egyptian president has visited Iran in 33 years. The conservative daily Lidové noviny describes this as a geopolitical turning point with an uncertain outcome: "The Wikileaks disclosures of 2010 revealed that Arab countries like Egypt were more afraid of an Iranian nuclear bomb than an Israeli one. Arab leaders called on the US to destroy the Iranian nuclear facilities. Now Mursi no longer seems to fear the 'shiite nuclear bomb'. In 2011, after the Egyptian revolution, the line was: Don't condemn Egypt. The Islamists there confine their power to domestic politics, while foreign and defence policy remain in the hands of the army. Now Mursi is demonstrating that things can be different. In 2012 we have watched as Egypt achieves political emancipation far more quickly than Turkey in ten years under Erdoğan."

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