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‘Ready to develop relations’ – Iran issues new statement on its stance with Egypt

Spokesperson for the Iranian government Ali Bahadri Jahromi confirmed his country’s readiness to strengthen relations with Egypt, a day after Sultan Haitham bin Tariq of Oman visited Tehran, which was preceded by his visit to Egypt.

Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Jahromi as saying in a press conference on Tuesday: “As Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said, the government is ready to develop relations with Egypt.”

“The President of the Republic, Ibrahim Raisi, instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take the necessary measures, following the statements of the Supreme Leader.”

Jahromi added that “In the past few days, we have witnessed the visit of the Sultan of Oman to Tehran, which came in line with the continuation of the neighborhood policy. Cooperation documents were signed in five different fields and good agreements were reached.”

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei welcomed “Egypt’s desire” to resume diplomatic relations with his country, during his meeting with the Sultan of Oman, Haitham bin Tariq, in Iran on Monday.

In a series of tweets posted on Khamenei’s Twitter account after his meeting with the Sultan of Oman, the Iranian supreme guide said: “We believe the expansion of Iran-Oman relations in all fields is to the benefit of both sides. Increased cooperation between the two countries is of significance since the two share the Strait of Hormuz, which is a very important waterway.”


Stalled relations

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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