TEHRAN, 2 Jan. (IPS) As the Iranian government multiply efforts aimed at the presence of the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at the coming "Summit" meeting of eight leading third world nations known as the Group of Eight (G-8), a vicious article published in the daily "Jomhuri Eslami" (Islamic Republic), the mouthpiece of the Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i encouraging the Egyptian people to assassinate Mubarak might dash hopes for normalising relations between the two countries.

The article, published last week, follows a recent meeting between Mubarak and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Khatami on the sidelines of a United Nations Information and Technology Summit held in Geneva on 13 December, setting what some observers described as "a positive course" for relations between the two countries.

This was the first meeting between the presidents of the two nations after the Islamic revolution of 1979, when Grand Ayatollah Roohollah Khomeini decided to cut off all relations with Egypt, the most powerful and influential of al Arab nations, which recognised officially the Jewish State of Israel.

Khatami, speaking to IRNA on his return from Geneva, said Mubarak's "viewpoints in such areas as Iraq and Palestine were close to those of Iran", and said the two "agreed that relations between the two countries should be promoted in practical fields as economy and culture" but added that "there are certain differences of opinion in other areas", meaning Israel, a regime the Islamic Republic has wowed to destroy. 

Welcoming the chairman of the Egypt’s foreign policy committee at the Egyptian parliament, Amin Mubarak on 17 December in Tehran, Hojjatoleslam Hasan Rohani, the powerful Secretary of Iran’s Supreme Council for National Security stressed Iran's readiness to maintain political, economic and cultural cooperation with Egypt.

"Iran and Egypt are linked by numerous common ties and can cooperate in challenging threats launched by Israel in the region and actively take part in the NPT against the redeployment of weapons of mass destruction", Rohani told Mubarak as the authorities in Tehran were considering removing the name of the terrorist Khaled Islamboli, the fundamentalist who assassinated President Anwar el Sadat from a Tehran street, a "sine quoi non" condition put forward by the Egyptians for Mr. Mubarak’s possible visit to Iran.

"Examining the consequences of the Iran-Iraq War, it becomes apparent that Hosni Mubarak, the cold-blooded Butcher of Cairo and the arch-slaughterer of Cairo’s Camp David regime, is the first on a long list of sickening personalities and among the first who should be brought to trial in the court of Islamic justice", Jomhouri Eslami wrote.

"The revolutionary execution of Sadat by the hand of the martyr Khaled al-Islamboli brought Mubarak, the vice-president to presidency. Without delay, Mubarak established a reign of terror in Egypt, making it his top priority to hunt down Islamic revolutionists, to wipe out revolutionists from the establishments and from the military in particular, and to confront Islamic activists", the paper added.

Reminding that Mr. Mubarak had escaped "execution" by Islamic revolutionists in Assiut, the paper observed that not only Mubarak stepped up his "crimes" against Islamic activists, but also his "greatest crime against the Muslim nation was providing the Butcher of Baghdad with assistance and reinforcing Saddam’s war machine, thus revealing his true face".

Without mentioning that almost all Arab governments with the exception of Syria helped the now imprisoned Saddam’s war machine against Iran, Jomhouri Eslami said "Acting on orders given by the US and Israel, Mubarak provided Saddam with full access to his weapon arsenal and delivered him advanced Russian-made arms. Thus, Mubarak committed two crimes against the Islamic nation and stabbed the Egyptian people in their backs in an outrageous scandal the sheer scope of which remains inconceivable to this day", according to the hard line daily.

"The bitter memories of the Iran-Iraq war and the part that Cairo’s Camp David regime took in it testify that Mubarak has gained nothing out of the betrayals and crimes he committed against the Islamic nation. He ought to wait for the day when he will stand trial for his crimes and be punished alongside the Butcher of Baghdad".

"After repressing the Islamic revolutionists in Egypt, Mubarak is trying to fill the void that was formed in the government systems and in Egypt’s military and security forces in particular by employing Israeli consultants, the paper alleged, adding: It is no wonder, therefore, that they (Israelis) now possess complete information on the regime of Egypt, the largest Arab country".

"The Zionists feel the imminent fall of Egypt’s bloodthirsty pharaoh. Mubarak’s fall is something neither he nor the Mossad and the Israel Security Service can hold off any longer. The Israelis are concerned with the possibility that the political reality that will be formed with Mubarak gone will prove to be even worse than the time of the Persian Shah’s fall, thus weakening the foundations of the occupying Israeli regime", the daily further said.

"It is for this reason that the Zionists and the Americans recommended Mubarak to designate his son as his heir in order to reinforce the feeble foundations of the Zionist regime", Jomhouri Eslami said as President Mubarak had ruled out that his son replacing him.

"The great Egyptian people are fully capable of seizing the Islamic leadership over the Arab world. Naturally, Mubarak’s revolting presence is an obstacle to that goal. But The great Egyptian people and the followers of the martyr Khaled al-Islambuli know well how to remove this ugly growth that reinforces the Zionists reign of hell and to clear the path for Egypt’s glorious return to the warm embrace of the Islamic world. This is a cause that the Islamic world and conscientious Egyptians yearn for", the paper concluded. ENDS IRAN EGYPT 2104