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Iranian MPs to Visit Egypt

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, April 3 (ICANA) – A prominent member of the Iranian parliament says a number of lawmakers may visit Egypt in the wake of the positive signals exchanged between the foreign ministers of the two countries to improve diplomatic relations.
Sunday, April 03, 2011 9:28:32 PM
Iranian MPs to Visit Egypt

Member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission (NSFPC) of the Majlis Fatemeh Alia told ICANA will take place at the request of the Egyptian parliament.

In the meantime, the lawmaker said, the NSFPC will study the situation in Egypt and will take step towards formation of a parliamentary friendship group if the Cairo government's policies were in coordination with Iran's general and parliamentary policies.

Ali said parliamentary diplomacy was an effective tool in interaction with other nations and will prepare the grounds for strengthening of cultural, religious, social… fields.

She said under the former dictatorial regime in Egypt, Tehran and Cairo did not enjoy good relations and therefore it was not possible to create a friendship group between the two important countries in the Middle East.

NSFPC Chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi on Thursday described the re-establishment of official ties with Egypt as a significant opportunity for Iran's diplomatic apparatus.

“Iran's diplomatic apparatus and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should take operational steps towards establishment of official ties between the two countries,” said Boroujerdi.

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

Al-Arabi added that the Egyptian government does not see Iran as an enemy state, noting that the two countries have historically had deep relations.

Boroujerdi told ICANA that the establishment of diplomatic ties depends on the Iranian side. “Iran should seriously pursue the establishment of bilateral ties between Iran and Egypt,” he said.

Referring to the overthrow of Egypt's former despotic ruler, Boroujerdi said the security system of Hosni Mubarak's regime was the main obstacle to the establishment of relations between Tehran and Cairo.

“Fortunately, with the overthrow of this system and Egypt's internal developments, preparations for establishment of ties between the two countries have been provided.”

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.

On Wednesday, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi welcomed the opportunity for closer ties with Egypt.

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 dictator, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

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