Egypt’s next parliament to review Iran ties: FM
Egypt’s foreign minister said on Wednesday that the next parliament, which will be elected in September, will review the establishment of diplomatic ties with Iran.
Nabil al-Arabi told the official MENA news agency that he informed his Iranian counterpart, who he met in Bali during a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement, that his country wants to open “a new chapter with all countries.”
“Arabi said the issue of raising the diplomatic representation will be reviewed by parliament,” the agency reported.
Egypt’s military rulers — who took power when president Hosni Mubarak was ousted by a popular uprising– have dissolved parliament and said elections for the People’s Assembly would take place in September.
Iran and Egypt have no diplomatic ties and relations between the two countries were tense under Mubarak.
Iran severed diplomatic relations with Egypt in 1980 in protest at Cairo’s peace treaty with Israel signed a year earlier, and the two states maintain only interests sections in each other’s capitals.
But the two Muslim countries have signalled they plan to mend ties in the wake of the February 11 fall of Mubarak’s regime.AFP