TEHRAN, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad predicted a new Middle East would emerge without the influence of the United States and Israel.
Ahmadinejad also urged foreign powers to stay out of the internal workings of the region, such as the events in Egypt, where protesters are calling for President Hosni Mubarak to leave immediately, and Tunisia, where demonstrations led to the ouster of the president, Iran's state-supported Press TV reported Friday.
"I assure you that despite all evil and complicated plans, and thanks to the resistance of nations, there will be a new Middle East but without the U.S. and the Zionist regime (of Israel)," the president said during a celebration of the 32nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
Ahmadinejad praised the revolution in Egypt, urging Egyptians to be vigilant in shaping the future of their government.
"It is your right to be free. It is your right to decide your government, and it is your right to freely express yourself about your country and global issues," he said. "Be united and do not fear corrupt governments, and victory is near."