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Iran-Egypt Ties Serve Regional Security

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, July 22 (ICANA) – Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has stressed the importance of better relations with Egypt to serve the interests of the Middle East region.
Friday, July 22, 2011 1:50:36 PM
Iran-Egypt Ties Serve Regional Security

“The expansion of diplomatic ties between Iran and Egypt to ambassadorial level will be beneficial to regional peace and security, as both sides desire stability and tranquility in the region,” Salehi said in an interview with IRNA in the capital Tehran on Thursday.

The senior Iranian official also pointed to historical bonds and cultural commonalties between the Islamic Republic and Egypt and said, "The two countries have great potential to promote bilateral relations, especially in the fields of industry, science and technology.”

Salehi had earlier reiterated the resolve of Tehran and Cairo to reestablish their bilateral relations following the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

“The two countries have expressed their explicit willingness and interest to resume ties,” the Iranian minister said in early May.

Salehi further explained that Iranian and Egyptian officials are holding talks to open a new page in their bilateral relations.

Egyptian authorities have stated that post-Mubarak Egypt is looking to improve relations with most countries in the world, including the Islamic Republic.

In April, Head of Egypt's ruling military council Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi lauded Iran's excellent position in the Islamic world, and expressed hope that Tehran-Cairo relations would increase.

"We hope that the upcoming stage would be a stage of special bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, serving the best of both countries," he told the German magazine Der Spiegel.

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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