Egypt, Iran presidents agree to resolve outstanding issues

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi made his first phone call with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday, during which they discussed the situation in Gaza and agreed to resolve issues between the two countries, according to the semi-official Iranian Tasnim Agency and the Egyptian presidential spokesperson

“In the first call, president Raisi congratulated president Sisi of Egypt for his new term in office,” the Deputy Chief of Staff for Political Affairs at the Iranian Presidential office Mohammad Jamshidi said in a post on “X” platform (formerly Twitter).

“They also discussed developments in Gaza and the importance of Islamic Unity. The two presidents agreed to take tangible steps for final resolution of issues between two countries,” Jamshidi added.

Egyptian presidential spokesperson Ahmed Fahmy said that “President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi received a phone call from President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi.”

“The Iranian President extended congratulations to President Sisi on his re-election as President of Egypt in the recent presidential election. President Sisi appreciated this valued gesture,” Fahmy added.

“The phone call also tackled developments in the Gaza Strip, and the two Presidents followed-up on discussions to address the outstanding issues between the two countries,” he continued.

Sisi met his Iranian counterpart for the first time in years on the sidelines of the Arab-Islamic summit in Riyadh, held on November 11.

Relations between Cairo and Tehran deteriorated after the Iranian Islamic Revolution, and witnessed a remarkable improvement during the era of the late Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

However the development of relations did not last long after toppling Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood from power.

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