Iran takes credit for popular revolutions in Middle East


Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the surge of Islamic awakening engulfing the Middle East is the result of the Islamic Republic’s resistance and firmness.

On Thursday, Salehi described the popular revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and the still-unfolding pro-democracy protests in Libya and Bahrain as a movement similar to miracle, and noted that the driving force behind this wave of Islamic awakening stems from 32 years of Iranians’ resistance, IRNA reported.

Salehi made analogies between the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and the current developments in the North Africa and the Middle East, saying that people in the region look up to Iran as their role model.

He also repudiated some speculations that suggest the popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya have been engineered in advance.