Two Iranian naval ships will sail through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean on Monday, a Suez Canal official said, in what will be the first passage of Iranian naval ships through the canal since 1979.
The official told Reuters news agency the vessels would arrive at the southern mouth of the canal in the Red Sea's Gulf of Suez on Sunday. They would enter the canal in the northern convoy on Monday morning and complete the journey to the Mediterranean by evening.
An Egyptian army source said on Friday that the military, which has been running Egypt since President Hosni Mubarak was toppled from power on Feb. 11, had approved Iran's request to send the ships through the canal.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman deemed Iran's plan to send the ships through the canal en route to Syria as a "provocation".
AgenciesGüncelleme Tarihi: 20 Şubat 2011, 09:27