Sun Feb 3, 2013, 02:03 AM
Purveyor (26,678 posts)
Ahmadinejad To Make First Egypt Visit By Iran Head In Decades
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Cairo next week, becoming the first Iranian president to travel to Egypt since Iranís 1979 revolution ruptured diplomatic ties between the two most populous countries in the Middle East.
Ahmadinejad will head Iranís delegation to a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Cairo, said Amani Mojtaba, head of Iranís interest section in Cairo, which it maintains in the absence of an official embassy.
ďI hope that Iranian-Egyptian relations return to the full diplomatic level,Ē he told Reuters.
The trip follows a visit by Egyptís new Islamist President Mohammed Mursi to Iran in August last year, when the two leaders agreed to reopen official embassies.
Tehran broke off relations with Cairo in 1980, a year after both Iranís revolution and Egyptís peace agreement with Israel.
Read more: http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/02/264009.html
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Ahmadinejad To Make First Egypt Visit By Iran Head In Decades (Original post)
Response to Purveyor (Original post)
Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:00 PM
MADem (123,003 posts)
1. It figures--he'd better get in there while the Brethren still have an iron grip on power.
They're starting to look more and more alike, those two countries--can the religious police, beating women for not wearing Islamic dress, be far behind in Egypt?
Actually, these days, there is a difference between the two leaders--Morsi still has a grip on the reins of power, notwithstanding some serious pushback from people in the streets who are realizing that this government was a BAAAAAD idea, while Ahmadinejad is a mere puppet of Khameini and has had what little power he had stripped from him--even his cronies were disallowed from the ballot in the last election. The wee ex-mayor of Teheran has Khameini's puppet hand up his butt,, and he won't say anything that is not approved by the ulema.
This will get complicated, as we pay Egypt a fortune every year
Response to MADem (Reply #1)
Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:15 PM
TwilightGardener (46,224 posts)
2. I am wondering about the wisdom of more fighter jets and weapons to Egypt
if they're going to develop friendly relations with Iran. I think this complicates things, as you say.
Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #2)
Sun Feb 3, 2013, 01:22 PM
MADem (123,003 posts)
3. Well, I'm betting the FMS guys in our gubmint share your concern!
It IS a carrot and stick game, after all.