Egypt gets Suez Canal request from Iran warships

Egypt said on Friday it had received a request for Iranian naval vessels to pass through the Suez Canal.

Egypt gets Suez Canal request from Iran warships

Egypt said on Friday it had received a request for Iranian naval vessels to pass through the Suez Canal, a move Israel's right-wing foreign minister became uneasy.

"We sent it to the relevant authorities," the Foreign Ministry spokesman told Reuters, adding the request had been passed to the Defence Ministry and the Suez Canal Authority.

He did not say when any decision on such a crossing would be made. To pass through the strategic waterway, naval vessels need the approval of Egypt's foreign and defence ministries.

Iranian state television said on Thursday the two warships were due to pass through the strategic waterway, the first Iranian military vessels to transit the canal since the country's 1979 revolution.

Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman deemed on Wednesday Iran's plan to send the ships through the canal en route to Syria, as a "provocation".

The canal is a vital commercial and strategic artery between Europe and the Gulf region and Asia. It is also a major source of revenues for the Egyptian government.

Agencies

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