Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Monday Egyptian protesters demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak were changing the Middle East with their battle for Arab dignity.
"Your movement will entirely change the face of our region for the interest of its own people," Nasrallah said in a televised address to a conference in Beirut, held to support the popular uprising in Egypt.
"You are fighting the battle of Arab dignity, the dignity of the Arab human being that was humiliated by some of its leaders in the past decades," Nasrallah said.
"We look forward to the day that you bring back to Egypt its leading and historic position in the life of our nation and the region," Nasrallah said referring to the days when Egypt was leading opposition to Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands in the 1950s and 1960s.
Egypt has been rocked by two weeks of protests demanding Mubarak, who has ruled for 30 years, step down before his term expires in September. Mubarak has refused protesters' demands to step down immediately, but says he will not run in September's presidential election.
Nasrallah praised their achievements, saying they were as significant as the 2006 war in which Hezbollah fought Israel to a standstill, and said he wished he could be with them in Cairo's Tahrir Square -- epicentre of the protests.
"What you have done is no less significant than the historic steadfastness the Islamic Resistance achieved in 2006 and the resistance in Gaza in 2008," he said, referring to the Israeli attack on Hamas-ruled Gaza.
In his speech, Nasrallah asked where Arabs want to stand — "on Israel's side, which wants to protect this regime, or with the revolution that wants to bring it (regime) down."
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