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Iran Welcomes Closer Ties with Egypt

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, March 30 (ICANA) – Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has welcomed remarks by his Egyptian counterpart Nabil al-Arabi on promoting Tehran-Cairo ties.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 7:53:44 PM
Iran Welcomes Closer Ties with Egypt

In his first press conference as Egypt's foreign minister on Tuesday, al-Arabi said Cairo is ready to open "a new page with Iran."

Salehi commented on the remarks by saying “despite the ups and downs, the historical ties between the two countries have been sustained.”

“The Egyptian people have turned a new page in the country's history by moving towards the realization of their justice-seeking demands,” IRNA quoted Salehi as saying on Wednesday.

“We hope to witness the expansion of relations between the Iranian and Egyptian nations … in the emerging new era.”

The Iranian foreign minister added that good relations between the two countries could help the region's stability, security and development.

In his press conference, al-Arabi said that the Egyptian government does not see Iran as an enemy state, noting that the two countries have historically had deep relations.

He further stated that the establishment of diplomatic ties depends on the Iranian side.

Eighteen days of anti-government protests in crisis-hit Egypt resulted in the historic overthrow of the 82-year-old former President Hosni Mubarak, who handed over power to a military council on February 11.

Tehran and Cairo have not had full diplomatic relations since 1979.

Iran severed ties with Egypt after Cairo signed the 1978 Camp David Accords with Israel and provided asylum to Iran's deposed shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

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