US should refrain from striking Iran: Mubarak
Egypt's president on Saturday said that the United States should refrain from taking military action against Iran.Updated: Aug 19, 2006 21:10 IST
Egypt's president on Saturday said that the United States should refrain from taking military action against Iran because doing so would create instability not just in the Middle East but around the world.
"The conflict between the United States and Iran should be solved through diplomacy and direct dialogue because striking Iran means the end of stability in the region and the world," President Hosni Mubarak told the semi-official weekly Akhbar el-Yom newspaper.
Iran is facing heightened pressure over its disputed nuclear programme and has rejected a UN Security Council resolution calling on Tehran to halt uranium enrichment by August 31.
Washington has said it intends next month to have the United Nations impose penalties on Iran for refusing to suspend its uranium enrichment, an important step in making nuclear weapons. US officials have not specified the proposed punishment.
Mubarak also appeared to soften his stance on Hezbollah, calling the guerrilla group "part of the Lebanese national fabric."
"Resisting the occupier is a legitimate right under the condition that it springs from free will and in accordance to the supreme national interest," Mubarak said.
Mubarak was among some Arab leaders who initially blamed Hezbollah for carrying out an "uncalculated adventures" when the group kidnapped two Israeli soldiers on July 12, sparking the deadly conflict that lasted 34 days before a ceasefire went into effect on Monday.
First Published: Aug 19, 2006 21:10 IST