Egypt ready to re-establish Iran diplomatic ties

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Updating: 10:24, 05 April 2011 Tuesday
Egypt ready to re-establish Iran diplomatic ties

Amani carried a message from Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, who welcomed Egypt's initiative.



Cairo is ready to re-establish diplomatic ties with Tehran after a break of more than 30 years, Egypt's foreign minister said on Monday.
"The Egyptian and Iranian people deserve to have mutual relations reflecting their history and civilisation," said Foreign Minister Nabil Elaraby after meeting Iranian official Mugtabi Amani.
It was the first publicly announced meeting between officials from both countries since Mubarak was toppled on Feb. 11, handing power to the army.
Iran and Egypt severed ties in 1980 following Egypt's recognition of Israel that still maintains its occupation on Palestinian territories.
Egypt has long been an ally of the United States and Israel but since Mubarak was toppled there have been signs of warming ties between Cairo and Tehran.
"Egypt is open to all countries and the aim is to achieve common interests," Elaraby said, adding that Cairo welcomed opening a new page with Iran.
Amani carried a message from Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, who welcomed Egypt's initiative.
"Foreign Minister Salehi ... called for developing bilateral cooperation, beginning with hosting Egypt's foreign minister in Tehran or having Iran's foreign minister visit Cairo," Menha Bakhowm, spokeswoman for Egypt's foreign ministry, said in a statement.
Agencies

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