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Media Propaganda on Detention of Iranian Diplomat in Egypt Denied

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TEHRAN, May 29 (ICANA) – The Iranian diplomat who some media reports claimed had been arrested in Cairo for alleged spying on Egypt is in his office and doing his routine duties, sources announced on Sunday.
Sunday, May 29, 2011 8:55:31 PM
Media Propaganda on Detention of Iranian Diplomat in Egypt Denied

"Qassem Hosseini is currently in his office and doing his work," Al-Alam news network quoted an informed source at Iranian Foreign Ministry as saying.

Al-Alam's correspondent in Cairo also reported that Hosseini is at working in his office at Iran's interests section in the Egyptian capital city.

Earlier, Reuters and the Saudi-backed Al-Arabia channel claimed that Egyptian authorities have arrested an Iranian diplomat on charges of spying on the North African country for Tehran's intelligence services.

The Iranian interests section in Cairo strongly denied the report.

"He is in the embassy as I speak. It did not happen that way, he was not arrested," an official in the section told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Plots to undermine the resumption of Iran-Egypt ties came after a prominent Egyptian Shiite figure cautioned that Israel and a number of Arab states, specially Saudi Arabia, are attempting to trouble resumption of ties between Iran and Egypt.

Speaking to FNA last week, Egypt's Prominent Shiite Leader Rasim al-Nafis warned of certain states' opposition to the establishment of strong ties between Tehran and Cairo, and stated, "The Arab Persian Gulf littoral states, including Saudi Arabia, the Zionist Regime of Israel and the remnants of (Hosni) Mubarak's regime view the resumption of Tehran-Cairo ties as harmful to their interests and, thus, try to prevent resumption of these relations."

Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi reiterated at a press conference after he was appointed to his post just two months ago that Cairo is definitely willing to resume its bilateral diplomatic ties with Tehran.

Al-Arabi said Cairo has officially announced plans to normalize ties with Tehran, and underlined that Egypt had entered a new chapter in its foreign policy with all nations.

After the collapse of Hosni Mubarak's regime, the Iranian and Egyptian officials have frequently voiced their interest in the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Iran's top diplomat Ali Akbar Salehi has officially invited al-Arabi to pay a visit to Tehran.

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