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Egypt Urges Resumption of Ties with Iran

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TEHRAN, April 8 (ICANA) – The Egyptian foreign minister has called for normalization of ties with Iran, saying Cairo is committed to seeking to improve long-frozen relations with Tehran.
Friday, April 08, 2011 12:25:05 PM
Egypt Urges Resumption of Ties with Iran

The post-revolution Egypt looks poised to turn a new page in its relations with the Islamic Republic as Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi says his country will witness a new phase in its foreign ties with Iran, the Press TV correspondent in Cairo reported on Thursday.

Following his meeting with Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger in Cairo on Wednesday, al-Arabi stated that restoration of Iran-Egypt ties would not pose a threat to anyone, and that the two countries have traditionally-rooted relations.

The remarks have been welcomed by many Egyptian politicians and diplomats as a very positive step as the post-revolution Egypt comes into its own.

"I'm very optimistic about restoration of diplomatic ties between Iran and Egypt, the repercussions of the move on the Middle East will also be positive and the two great nations will unite," Abdullah al-Ashal, former Egyptian Deputy Foreign Minister, told Press TV.

Director of Iran's Interests Section in Cairo Mojtaba Amani has also spoken of efforts in order to accelerate the renewal of full diplomatic relations, but brushed aside concerns about rapprochement between the two countries.

"I do not understand why countries with diplomatic relations with Iran are concerned over the Egyptian initiative to restore ties with Iran," Amani noted in an interview with the Press TV correspondent in Cairo.

In his first press conference as Egypt's foreign minister in March, al-Arabi pointed out that the Egyptian government does not see Iran as an enemy, noting that the two countries have historically enjoyed deep relations.

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, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

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