Cairo Conference Looks at Iranian Influence

[ Al-Ahram-Egypt] Dina Ezzat - At a seminar held Sunday by the Cairo-based International Center for Futuristic and Strategic Studies, Hassan Abu Taleb, editor of the Arab Strategic Report produced annually by the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, argued that the influence of Iran on Hamas has to be acknowledged and dealt with. While joining several other participants in implicitly criticizing Iranian influence, Abu Taleb stopped short of calling for further isolation of Iran. The tougher it gets for Iran, he suggested, the tougher it would be for regional players defined by Tehran as political adversaries. According to Abu Taleb, Hamas and Hizbullah will always reflect Tehran's political line, simply because of their financial and political dependence on Iran.

2008-07-08 01:00:00

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