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Egypt: Rapprochement with Iran Not to Harm Security of Third Parties

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TEHRAN, July 4 (ICANA) – Cairo's Foreign Minister Mohamed El-Orabi dismissed the negative propaganda launched by Saudi Arabia about the impacts and consequences of a rapprochement between Egypt and Iran, and stressed that Arab Persian Gulf states should not feel worried about normalized relations between Egypt and Iran.
Monday, July 04, 2011 4:39:16 PM
Egypt: Rapprochement with Iran Not to Harm Security of Third Parties

The new Egyptian foreign minister stressed that closer ties with Iran will not come at the expense of the Arab Persian Gulf countries, where he will be touring soon.

He added that while the Egyptian revolution changed a lot in the region, he believed that the region's stability and its unity are paramount, and that the surrounding Arab countries want Egypt to regain its strength economically.

After the collapse of Hosni Mubarak's regime, the Iranian and Egyptian officials voiced their interest in the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries and Salehi officially invited the then Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Al-Arabi to pay a visit to Tehran.

The Iranian foreign minister and his former Egyptian counterpart also held a meeting in Bali, Indonesia last month.

During the meeting which took place on the sidelines of a ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the two diplomats conferred on ways to promote the bilateral relations between Tehran and Cairo, and stressed the need for continued consultations in this regard.

Al-Arabi had earlier announced that Cairo would soon open a new page with Iran.

Al-Arabi who was replaced with Mohamed El-Orabi last week is due to become the next Arab League Secretary.

Meantime, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi last month underlined Tehran and Cairo's determination to resume their bilateral relations, and said that the delay in the overture is only the result of the foreign political pressures exerted on the Egyptian side, which of course will soon be removed in the near future.

"The Egyptian foreign minister and also the Islamic Republic of Iran have announced their readiness to expand diplomatic relations between the two countries, but some restrictions have apparently been imposed on the Egyptians," Salehi told FNA on June 18.

"We understand the Egyptians' conditions, and the relations between the two countries will finally resume, but Egyptians are interested to have some time in a bid to be able to manage (the situation) to remove the existing political pressures," he added.

On May 30, Salehi had also voiced confidence about the improvement of relations between Iran and Egypt, but meantime said that resuming ties between the two Muslim states needs time and patience.

"Egypt is currently under certain pressure, yet the Egyptian government and nation are in consensus about the improvement of relations with Iran as soon as possible," Salehi said at the time.

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