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Mubarak Urges Against Possible US Attack on Iran


Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak says he advised the United States not to launch military action against Iran, saying it could trigger violence across the Middle East.

A state-run newspaper, al-Gomhouria, Wednesday quoted Mr. Mubarak as saying he discussed the issue with Vice President Dick Cheney, who visited Egypt in January.

President Bush has said he is open to all possible options for dealing with Iran, including military intervention. But he said that would be the last option. Washington accuses Iran of sponsoring terrorists and secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons.

In Wednesday's published comments, Mr. Mubarak said he warned that a possible attack on Iran would anger Shi'ites in Iraq and other Middle Eastern nations. He said military action would spark revenge attacks from Hezbollah militants in Lebanon and insurgents in Iraq.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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