Iranian leaders, Opposition Both Embrace Egyptian Protesters

While some governments are trying to walk a fine line between supporting Egypt's president and supporting protesters in that tumultuous nation, Iranian officials are taking the side of the protesters.

But an Iranian opposition leader is making a competing claim of solidarity with the demonstrators, pointing out that when Iran's leaders faced a similar movement in their own backyard two years ago, they crushed it.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Sunday praised Egypt's protests, according to Iran's semi-official Fars news agency, as did the speaker of Iran's parliament, who said the parliament and the nation support uprisings against dictatorial regimes.

"The time has [been] reached to overcome puppet autocratic regimes by relying on the Islamic teachings," said speaker Ali Larijani, according to the news agency.