Egypt Independent

Ahmadinejad hails approval of Egyptian constitution

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran has congratulated his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Morsy for the “success” of the referendum on the country’s new constitution.

The poll, which ended on Saturday, indicated an estimated approval of 64 percent for the charter, which was drafted by an Islamist-dominated Constituent Assembly. Official results are expected to be announced later on Tuesday.

The Iranian Arabic-language channel Al-Alam quoted Ahmadinejad as saying in a phone call with Morsy that his country will spare no efforts in supporting the Egyptian nation. Morsy, in turn, said both states can make progress with joint efforts.

On Sunday, Iran’s foreign ministry also welcomed the passage of the constitution. Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast said Iran considers the constitution a crucial step toward democracy in Egypt, according to the Iranian Students’ News Agency.

Tehran has expressed a desire to exchange ambassadors with Egypt since the election of President Mohamed Morsy, but this has not yet occurred.

Edited translation from DPA