Tehran: Iran is ready to initiate defense cooperation with Egypt and Libya, Iranâ€™s defence minister said Saturday.
â€˜Iran is ready to initiate cooperation, but they (Egypt and Libya) should also call for it,â€™ Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said, reported Xinhua citing the Mehr news agency. He said that Egypt and Libya are currently in transitional period, but there will be no problem for Iran to start cooperation with them in all areas including defence. Commenting on the US accusations that Iranian government was involved in a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington, Vahidi said it is an old policy which repeatedly takes new shapes trying to put pressure on the Islamic republic.
Vahidi also criticized the European Union(EU) for following US policies towards Iran. The EUâ€™s support and imposition of more sanctions against Iran, is another link in the chain of the Westâ€™s actions against Iran, he said.
The US said on Oct 11 that Manssor Arbabsayara, a 56-year-old US citizen holding both Iranian and US passports, and Gholam Shakuri, a member of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps(IRGC), were charged with sponsoring and promoting terrorist activities abroad, including a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States.
Arbabsayara was arrested by US authorities, while Shakuri remains in Iran.
The high-profile accusations have brought fresh tensions to relations between the two arch-foes, with Iran fiercely denying such charges.