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Headline: Iran and Egypt Getting Closer

Iranian officials announced today that Iran and Egypt are close to restoring full diplomatic relations for the first time in 30 years. Last week, Egyptian President Mubarak and Iranian President Ahmadinejad spoke directly on the telephone. These recent talks have been prompted by the crisis in Gaza. Iran has asked Egypt to keep the Gaza border open, so that Iranian goods can enter freely.

Cool relations between Iran and Egypt track three decades of disagreement. Egypt has full diplomatic ties with Israel, and Iran does not recognize the Jewish state. In addition, Egypt gave asylum to the deposed Iranian Shah after the Islamic Revolution. Full relations with Iran would end the final division between Egypt and fellow Islamic states resulting from the 1977 Camp David peace deal with Israel. It will also impact the overall situation in the region, as Egypt is a key US ally and crucial participant in Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.

The BBC reports that Iran's assistant foreign minister delivered a special message to Egypt's foreign minister. Iran's Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki said that Iran is now "waiting for our Egyptian brothers to express their readiness" to establish relations.


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Zeinobia Zeinobia 9 years
let us just hope this time the relations with Iran and Egypt continue for more than a decade because historically we could maintian relations with the Iranians since the Divorce of Empress Fawzia
minaminamina minaminamina 9 years
Ha! I bet you the U.S. was involved in this somehow - our $2 billion/year GIFT to Egypt is second only to our $3 billion/year GIFT to Israel. What do these two nations have in common? The worst human rights abuse records in the modern world, to date. Yeah, that was no random phone call - Mubarak gets to collect major money from the U.S., the U.S. gets the opportunity to look good, and meanwhile Egyptians and Palestinians suffer everyday thanks to the funding of the U.S. government.
blondie01 blondie01 9 years
hopefully a resolution that has all in mind...
NYYPrincess NYYPrincess 9 years
One can only hope they can come to some resolution.
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 9 years
Wow this could be a really great step or a really well planned invasion... I just hope that Egypt will come through for the US and unite these nations.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
Hmm i wonder what's seriously going on here, there has to be something deeper.
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