Romans 1:18-25 NAS For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (pictured right) is scheduled for an international summit in Tehran this month. According to Egypt’s state news agency, this will be the first high level consultation between the two nations in more than 30 years.
Iranian Vice President Hamid Baghaei hand delivered a special invitation to President Morsi to personally attend the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran on Aug. 30. Egypt is a member of the Non-Aligned Movement. It is not certain whether Morsi would hold direct talks with Ahmadinejad or other Iranian leaders.
This historic meeting of Egypt and Iran has the potential of changing the dynamic of the Middle East. This conclave comes at a good time for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It is a PR boost when Tehran is facing increased international pressure over their nuclear problems as well as its political ties to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Morsi faces pressures from the U.S. and Sunni Muslim Persian Gulf states, such as Saudi Arabia, who have been trying to isolate Tehran. Egypt relies heavily on $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid and is also awaiting billions of dollars in grants from the gulf nations.
Analyst Emad Gad, says “The U.S. would not be happy if Egypt improved relations with Iran; neither would the gulf countries.” Gad with the Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo, reported “Morsi does not have it in him at this point to defy these strategic allies, especially since he needs their support and aid.”