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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 07:04 AM

Iran's president begins historic Egypt visit

Source: Al Jazeera

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in Cairo, marking the first visit to Egypt by an Iranian president since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution. Ahmadinejad flew into the capital, Cairo, to attend a summit of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC), which begins on Wednesday. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi kissed the Iranian leader as he got off the plane on Tuesday. Ahmadinejad will also meet with Egyptian officials and politicians during his three-day visit, the official IRNA news agency reported. "I will try to pave the ground for developing co-operation between Iran and Egypt," Ahmadinejad said ahead of the trip. Without elaborating, he said the visit would "definitely influence the bilateral ties" between Tehran and Cairo.

Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh reporting from Cairo said "We have not seen a full restoration of ties between the two countries... in the words of the Egyptian foreign minister, the crisis in Syria is the main sore point in present time relations between Egypt and Iran. Any transformation in relations between the two countries is dependent on developments in Syria."

Egypt has responded cautiously to Iranian efforts to revive ties since Morsi took power in 2012, with the two nations adopting opposing positions on the Syrian conflict.Iran supports the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Egypt has been a leading voice in urging his departure - along with regional heavyweights Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar.

"If Tehran and Cairo see more eye to eye on regional and international issues, many will change," Ahmadinejad was quoted by IRNA as saying. Tehran severed ties with Cairo in 1980 in protest at a peace agreement between Egypt and Israel by then Egyptian president Anwar Sadat. Ahmadinejad also expressed interest in visiting the neighbouring Gaza Strip.

Read more: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/02/20132585923942211.html



World famous Sonny Bono look-alike visits Egypt. What could possibly go wrong?

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another_liberal Feb 2013 OP
pampango Feb 2013 #1
another_liberal Feb 2013 #2
pampango Feb 2013 #3
another_liberal Feb 2013 #6
bemildred Feb 2013 #4
another_liberal Feb 2013 #5
Comrade Grumpy Feb 2013 #7
bemildred Feb 2013 #8

Response to another_liberal (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 07:20 AM

1. Shiite leader visiting and talking with Sunni leader. Hope the countries formally reestablish

diplomatic relations. The more they get along with each other the better. They represent two of the three (along with Turkey) largest countries in the Middle East.

Tehran severed ties with Cairo in 1980 in protest at a peace agreement between Egypt and Israel by then Egyptian president Anwar Sadat.

Iran supports the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Egypt has been a leading voice in urging his departure

Egypt has responded cautiously to Iranian efforts to revive ties since Morsi took power in 2012, with the two nations adopting opposing positions on the Syrian conflict.

"If Tehran and Cairo see more eye to eye on regional and international issues, many will change," Ahmadinejad was quoted by IRNA as saying.

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Response to pampango (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:25 AM

2. I applaud . . .

I applaud your optimism and positive outlook, pampango. Yes, it would be good if two of the largest nations in the Mid-East (let alone the Muslim World) were to again enjoy normalized diplomatic relations.

On a more cautionary note, however, did you click on the link and read the remaining portion of that news item? Such a renewed friendship between Egypt and Iran would not be without the potential of peril for the United States and one of our closest allies.

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:38 AM

3. I suppose there is the potential for peril whether Egypt and Iran oppose us together or separately.

Does a normalization of relations between Iran and Egypt raise or lower the level of peril a little? I don't know, I think that engagement us usually a better approach than isolation.

While there is plenty of distrust towards Israel in the Middle East, there is also plenty of distrust between Sunni and Shiite Muslims as well. It would be great to make progress on both. At least this visit promises a little progress on the latter source of distrust in the Middle East.

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Response to pampango (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 06:33 PM

6. Well said.

Those are reasonable assumptions.

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Response to another_liberal (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:15 PM

4. Two guys with no credibility trying to give each other credibility. nt

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Response to bemildred (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 06:32 PM

5. The Red Carpet treatment . . .

The Red Carpet treatment and the kisses on both cheeks was a little much, at least one would think so given the circumstances.

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Response to bemildred (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:14 PM

7. ...says the anonymous internet poster about the leaders of two countries.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:27 PM

8. Yeah, but I don't need any credibility, I'm nobody.

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