Egypt official in first visit to Iran for 27 years

Egypt's deputy foreign minister Hussein Dirar on Wednesday met Iranian officials during a first official Egyptian visit to Tehran since diplomatic relations were broken off 27 years ago.

Egypt official in first visit to Iran for 27 years
Dirar, who arrived in Iran late on Tuesday, brought a message from Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit for his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki, state television reported.

The two sides discussed "bilateral ties, regional and international issues," the channel said, adding that they described the current talks as constructive and called for them to continue.

The two countries currently have only interests sections in each other's capitals after Iran formally cut ties in 1980 following the Islamic revolution in protest at Cairo's recognition of Israel and hosting the deposed shah.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday he was in favour of resuming ties with Egypt, which would be "in the interest of the two peoples."

"If Egypt invites me and relations are re-established, I myself am ready to go to Egypt," he said.

Cairo, a regional ally of the United States, has rejected any military option against Iran's nuclear programme, backing Tehran's right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Aralık 2007, 10:07