Iran congratulates Egyptian people's 'victory'

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 11, 2011 20:30 hrs

Tehran, Feb 12 (IANS) Iran congratulated the Egyptian people on their 'victory' as President Hosni Mubarak quit Friday night following 18 days of unprecedented public protests and offered its support to the pro-democracy revolution.

'We congratulate the great nation of Egypt on this victory and we share their happiness,' Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in a statement, according to the Press TV.

Salehi also sought to draw a connection with the 32nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and Mubarak's resignation.

'Today, our dear people with their millions-strong turnout [in Friday's demonstrations] while hailing the glorious Islamic Revolution across Iran, announced their support for the brave and justice-seeking movement by the history-makers of Egypt.'

Salehi also called on the Egyptian army to join the people in their pro-democracy movement.

The channel also quoted Iran's National Security Council secretary Saeed Jalili as saying: 'The United States and Europe must be answerable to the Egyptian people for supporting a dictatorship for 30 years.'

He also drew a connection of the developments in Egypt with the anniversary of the Iranian revolution, terming it 'the day of triumph for regional nations'.