Cairo: Newly-elected Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi has called for closer ties with Iran in a bid to create a strategic ‘balance’ in the region, according to a report.
During an interview with the Iranian state media, Mursi said building close ties with Iran would ‘create a balance of pressure in the region’.
“Forging closer relations will create a balance of pressure in the region, and this is part of my programme,” The Telegraph quoted Mursi, as saying.
Mursi was declared the winner of a divisive presidential run-off on Sunday.
He became the first Islamist to be elected as the president of the Arab world`s most populous nation.
In a television interview soon after his victory, Mursi pledged to be a leader for all Egyptians and to unite the nation.
“I wouldn`t be here today as the first freely-elected president without the sacrifices of the martyrs,” Mursi said.
“I call on you, great people of Egypt ... to strengthen our national unity,” he said, adding that national unity “is the only way out of these difficult times.”