5 February 2013, 19:25

Iran intends to restore relations with Egypt

Iran intends to restore relations with Egypt

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad intends to restore relations with Egypt severed over 30 years ago.

The IRNA agency reported on Tuesday that the Iranian leader expressed hope that his visit to Cairo would have a positive effect on bilateral relations.

Ahmadinejad arrived in Egypt to take part in the summit of the Islamic Cooperation Organization 34 years after diplomatic relations between the two countries were broken off.

Ahmadinejad arrives in Cairo

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Cairo today to take part in the summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation due on the 6th -7th of February.

The Iranian leader’s visit is the first one in three decades. According to the MENA information agency, during the talks the two countries’ leaders discussed the issues of normalizing relations and also the prospects of settling the Syrian crisis without foreign military interference.

Cairo and Tehran broke off diplomatic relations in 1980 because of the peace treaty with Israel signed by former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

Voice of Russia, Interfax, TASS

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