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Egyptian Activist: Tehran, Cairo to Resume Normal Ties

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TEHRAN, July 9 (ICANA) – A senior Egyptian activist reiterated that his country is on the threshold of a new chapter in its history and will soon resume ties with Iran.
Saturday, July 09, 2011 6:54:42 PM
Egyptian Activist: Tehran, Cairo to Resume Normal Ties

"Egypt is on the threshold of a new stage and the most important pillar of this stage is improvement of relations with the regional countries, including Iran and Turkey," Ebrahim al-Dirawi, who is also the representative of January 25 Revolution's Youth Movement, told FNA on Saturday.

He also underlined that unity among Iran, Turkey and Egypt will create a powerful triangle which will empower the Islamic Ummah to confront the US-Zionist plots and help settle the Palestinian issue.

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 Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar 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 in Spring.

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 became the next Arab League Secretary.

Meantime, 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 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 pressures, 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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