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MPs: Situation Ripe for Iran-Egypt Ties

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, April 5 (ICANA) – Following Egypt's interest in restoring diplomatic ties with Iran, a senior Iranian lawmaker says the ground has been prepared for Tehran and Cairo to take steps towards promoting relations.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 8:03:11 PM
MPs: Situation Ripe for Iran-Egypt Ties

Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi renewed Cairo's call to re-establish diplomatic ties with Tehran on Monday in a shift of policy after more than a three-decade break during the rule of former US-sponsored President Hosni Mubarak.

“The Egyptian and Iranian people deserve to have mutual relations reflecting their history and civilization,” al-Arabi said after meeting with Director of Iran's Interests Section in Cairo Mojtaba Amani.

"Egypt is open to all countries and the aim is to achieve common interests," he added and noted that Cairo welcomed "opening a new page with Iran."

A member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis), Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, told Majlis news agency (ICANA) that Egypt's call emanates from the “new situation in the country” and added, “Iran and Egypt have possibilities to strengthen ties.”

“Remarks by the Egyptian foreign minister reflected realities in the country,” the Iranian lawmaker emphasized.

Meanwhile, spokesman for the Majlis committee Kazem Jalali welcomed restoration of Tehran-Cairo relations, saying, “Iranian officials have always called for the establishment of ties with Egypt but the former Egyptian government, led by Hosni Mubarak, was fearful of ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

He further added that Iran takes the restoration of ties with Egypt quite seriously due to commonalties between the two countries.

“We will witness the promotion of ties to an ambassadorial level should the two countries prepare all necessary grounds,” the Iranian lawmaker said.

He noted that Iran has a “positive” approach towards the ongoing events in the Middle East and North Africa and criticized “hostile” position of certain Arab governments that claim that Iran is interfering in their internal affairs.

“This stance should not be regarded as Iran's interference in the recent developments,” Jalali emphasized.

Another Iranian lawmaker Fatemeh Alia said the promotion of diplomatic ties between Tehran and Cairo depends on Egypt's “complete break of ties with the Zionist regime (Israel).”

She reiterated that Iran's policy is based on boosting ties with all countries except Israel and despotic regimes.

“Iran and Egypt are influential countries in Asia and Africa,” she said, noting that an increase in bilateral interactions would produce positive outcomes for the Muslim world.

Alia reiterated that the restoration of Iran-Egypt ties would strengthen the Islamic resistance front, weaken the United States, affect other countries in the region and reduce the dependence of Arab countries on the US.

Iran and Egypt have not had diplomatic relations since 1980.

Iran severed ties with Egypt after Cairo signed the 1978 Camp David Accords with the Israeli regime and offered asylum to Iran's deposed dictator, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

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