Iran’s Ahmadinejad calls Egypt’s Morsi

By IndepthAfrica
In Egypt
Jul 5th, 2012
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In this photo released by Middle East News Agency, the Egyptian official news agency, President-elect Mohammed Morsi, shakes hands with an Egyptian police general in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. The military has pledged to turn power over to a civilian government once a new president is named. On Sunday, June 24, 2012, Islamist Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was declared Egypt’s first freely elected president in modern history. (AP Photo/Middle East News Agency, HO)

Cairo – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called his Egyptian counterpart Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday to wish the Muslim Brotherhood politician success, the Egyptian state news agency reported.

The call appeared to be the first contact between the two leaders since Morsi was sworn in as president of Egypt, a country which has not had diplomatic relations with Tehran for 30 years.

Ahmadinejad invited Morsi to attend a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement scheduled to be held in Tehran on 29 August, the state news agency said, quoting Morsi’s spokesperson. It did not say whether he had accepted.

Ties between Cairo and Tehran were severed in 1980 following Iran’s Islamic revolution and Egypt’s recognition of Israel.

Morsi has denied giving an interview to Iran’s Fars news agency which had quoted him as voicing interest in restoring the long-severed ties between the countries. Morsi’s spokesperson said last week the interview never took place and that Morsi would file a lawsuit against the news agency.

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