(CNSNews.com) – New Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, the leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, has snubbed Iran.
Morsi will not attend the 2012 Non-Aligned Summit in Iran’s capital of Tehran, despite being invited by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The London based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat reported that “a source close to the presidency” said Morsi decided not to attend “after pressures and advice given to him not to go to Tehran, at least at present.”
Iran’s support for Syria was named as the reason.
According to Al-Hayat, the unnamed “advice” Morsi received was that the Egyptian president should not be put in an embarrassing situation, “particularly from the Egyptian street due to the policy of the Iranian regime that supports the Syrian regime’s crimes against its people, which conflicts with the position of the president and Egypt on the Syrian crisis.”
Instead, Morsi will likely send Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil or Foreign Minister Muhammad Kamal Amr to Tehran, both of whom are not part of the Muslim Brotherhood.
If Morsi changes his mind and attends the Summit, it would be the first time an Egyptian president has visited Tehran since the Islamic revolution of 1979.
The Non-Aligned Movement Summit gathers the 120 member states of the Non-Aligned Movement, which was formed in 1961 for countries that sought to remain outside the spheres of influence of the U.S. and Soviet Union during the Cold War.
The 16th annual summit will be held in Tehran from August 26-31.
The Muslim Brotherhood is a multi-national Islamist group whose motto is: “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”