Tehran, May 28, IRNA -- `Kayhan International' in its viewpoint column
on Monday slammed the recent decision of Tehran City Council (TCC)
to change the name of martyr "Khaled Islambouli" street, with the
contention that it will improve Tehran-Cairo ties in the interest of
The English-language daily exalted martyr Islambouli, by saying
that he has earned "immortality", as his first name Khaled suggests,
not only in the hearts of the Egyptians but also among Muslims, the
In fact, it stressed, his name will forever be enshrined in the
annals of the struggle against treason to the Palestinian cause
whether or not the Zionist regime and its Arab and Muslim
It regretted that such a great warrior as Islambouli, "has been
denied his due place in modern Egypt in official circles, at least
for the time being."
Nevertheless, Tehran feels just as proud for having the street
named in honor of this great mujahid, it commended, vividly recalling
his heroic act, way back in October 1981, in executing in a
revolutionary manner, a modern-day Pharaoh, Anwar Sadat, who deserved
It went on to accuse the TCC of starting another unnecessary row
by deciding to remove his name plaque from the street.
But whether the Hizbullah nation of Iran will allow the
"conspiracy", on the part of the TCC, to succeed in changing the
street name, is another question, reflected the daily.
This "self-humiliating and most unwarranted statement", has gone
against the very principles and values of the Islamic Revolution of
Iran, it said, warning the TCC.
Not only this, but it will also "alienate us from Egypt's
Muslim masses to consider Khaled Islambouli as an inspiration and as
a martyr to the Palestinian cause," it added.
But what comes as a greater surprise is the fact that the TCC has
proposed to change the name to "Intifada" or "Mohammad ad-Durrah,"
wrote the daily.
"Nothing could be more insulting for the Palestinian uprising or
for the memory of the Palestinian child-martyr than to be instruments
for blotting out the name of Khaled Islambouli," hit out the paper.
It reminded the TCC that Islambouli's "heart, beat for the
Palestinian and Islamic cause."
Therefore, if at all the TCC is so keen to see restoration of
diplomatic ties between the two governments of Iran and Egypt, then
the paper sternly suggested that it should "politely" ask Cairo to
relocate its diplomatic mission to another street in Tehran.
After all, the "Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Street in Cairo, has never
been viewed by us as an obstacle to resumption of diplomatic ties,"
pointed out the daily.
It is thus "wrong and totally unjustified" for the TCC to equate,
what it called "soul-less fossils" with the immortal spirit of
martyrs, just because some people in the Egyptian Cabinet feel
horror-struck at the name of Khaled Islambouli.
Egyptian MPs hail Tehran council decision
Athens, May 28, IRNA -- Egyptian deputies have greeted a recent move
by the Tehran City Council to change the name of the Khaled
Islambouli street in Tehran.
A report in the London-based Arab daily ``Al-Sharq al-Awsat''
published Sunday said the deputies described it as ``a serious and
good move towards normalization of relations between the two
The official spokesman for the ``Muslim Brotherhood'' group in
the Egyptian parliament, Mohammad Marsi, said: ``There was abundant
of goodwill between the two countries before Tehran made this move,
perhaps the path is now open to strengthen ties between them.''
Marsi said this step is important towards opening up of
Arab-Iranian ties in general, adding ``especially that we are in a
period where we need to gear up Arab-Muslim forces in order to
confront the Zionist aggressor.''
Ahmed Abu Zaid, head of Arab affairs in the parliament, said
although the change in the street name came late, it is an objective
transformation in Egyptian-Iranian relations.
He called for a continuation of the circle to support Arab-Iranian
ties in general.
Rajab Hilal Hameedah, a deputy for the opposition al-Ahrar Party,
blessed the Iranian move saying it expresses a goodwill in the right
He added that perhaps the time is now ripe for the announcement of
the opening of the embassies of the two countries in Cairo and Tehran.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat said the Egyptian deputies called for a dialogue
between the parliament and the Egyptian government over the
parliament's and the government's perspective on restoration of
The speaker of the Egyptian parliament Fathi Sorur might visit
Tehran following an invitation from the Iranian parliament, added the
The Tehran City Council last week approved to start an urgent
debate on changing a street name in Tehran which has been a sticky
point in Iran-Egypt diplomatic ties.
Members of the council agreed to a proposal to change the name of
the street from Khaled Islambouli to `Intifada Martyrs' or `Mohammad
ad-Dura', a young Palestinian protestor who was shot dead by the
Israeli troops while nestling beside his father for shelter from
Islambouli, An Egyptian military officer and member of Al-Jihad
Organization, assassinated President Anwar Sadat during a military
parade in Cairo in October 1981 for signing a peace treaty with
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