RAMALLAH, September 3 (JMCC) - Egypt has cancelled a visit by Iran’s foreign minister after he accused Arab leaders of betrayal for attending the new round of Mideast direct peace negotiations in Washington.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki had been scheduled to visit Cairo Monday for a meeting of Nonaligned Movement members.Read
Iran has an uneasy relationship with U.S.-allied Arab nations, which have watched Tehran's growing influence in the Middle East with concern because of suspicions over its nuclear program and its support for radical Islamic groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.
Mottaki said Arab leaders who attended the relaunch of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Washington this week were betraying their nations.
Some leaders ... who follow America's orders must understand that they are betraying their nations, Iran's Fars news agency quoted him as saying on Tuesday.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Jordanian King Abdullah II attended the talks.
Egypt's Foreign Ministry said it summoned Iran's charge d'affaires in Cairo to notify him it was canceling Monday's visit and postponing the Nonaligned meeting.
more at AP