Cairo seeks stable, positive ties with Tehran: Egypt FM



Egypt’s interim Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy
Egypt’s interim Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy says the country seeks stable and positive ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

He said on Monday that Cairo seeks candid and serious talks with Tehran on different issues of mutual interest.
Fahmy described the Iranian nation as a respected one with a deep-rooted history. He said Egypt is playing a key role in the Middle East and North Africa.
On July 22, the head of Egypt’s Interests Section in Iran, Khalid al-Said Ibrahim Amari, said the new Egyptian government would make effort to strengthen relations with the Islamic Republic.
He added that the two “big regional powers” have wide-ranging grounds for cooperation, stating that Tehran-Cairo relations are very important and influential for the region.
Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour took the oath of office earlier this month after the military ouster of former president, Mohamed Morsi.
Iran severed its diplomatic ties with Egypt after the 1979 Islamic Revolution because Egypt had signed the Camp David Accords with the Israeli regime and offered asylum to Iran’s deposed monarch, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
Tension has intensified in Egypt since the head of Egypt’s armed forces, General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, announced on July 3 that Morsi was no longer in office. He also suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament.
On July 27, at least 150 people were killed and scores of others injured in clashes during rival demonstrations by supporters and opponents of Morsi across the country.

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