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Boroujerdi in meeting with Egyptian political figures, intellectuals

Tehran in No Hurry to Resume Diplomatic Ties with Cairo

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TEHRAN, August 9 (ICANA) – Chairman of National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran's Parliament (Majlis) Alaeddin Boroujerdi says Tehran is in no hurry to resume formal relations with Cairo.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011 8:25:23 PM
Tehran in No Hurry to Resume Diplomatic Ties with Cairo

"Iran is aware of the situation in Egypt and for the same reason we are in no hurry to reestablish formal and diplomatic ties with Cairo," Boroujerdi told a group of Egyptian intellectuals and politicians in Cairo Monday.

He said, Iran believes that its relations with Egypt have already been established and the talks between the officials of the two countries show this.

“The reality is that we ourselves went through such period, and ours was more difficult than yours. Before the Islamic Revolution, one thousand U.S. envoys dominated our affairs, they sold our oil to Israel,” he added.

He went on to say that when the Mubarak regime collapsed Washington could no longer prevent the restoration of Tehran-Cairo ties.

One of the Egyptian academics also said relations should be promoted between the two countries to the benefit of both nations.

He added Egypt considers Iran’s honor as its own, adding Cairo believes Iran can help resolve all regional problems.

Boroujerdi, heading a parliamentary delegation, arrived in Cairo on Monday to mark Iran’s first official visit to the country following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak in October.

Boroujerdi extended an invitation to Egyptian officials to attend a conference on Palestine to be held in Tehran in October.

Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Araby received an invitation on Tuesday for the fifth Conference on Palestine. Boroujerdi handed the invitation to Araby during their meeting in Cairo on Tuesday.

After the meeting, Boroujerdi gave Iran’s blessing to the historical Egyptian revolution, saying, “What happened in Egypt is great.”

He also expressed Iran's hope for a renaissance in Egypt, as it is holding parliamentary and presidential elections soon.

Boroujerdi added that because Egypt and Iran are important countries, if they work in concert they will positively affect the region and the rest of the world.

Asked about normalizing relations with Iran, Boroujerdi said Iran wanted to wait for the new Egyptian parliament to be elected before discussing such issues.

Eighteen days of anti-government protests in crisis-hit Egypt resulted in the historic overthrow of the 82-year-old Mubarak, who handed over power to a military council on February 11.

Earlier in April, al-Arabi called for the normalization of ties with Iran, saying Cairo is committed to mending relations with Tehran.

Post-revolution Egypt looks poised to turn a new page in its relations with the Islamic Republic and as al-Arabi said his country would witness a new phase in its ties with Iran.

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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