Iranian, Egyptian FMs discuss Fatah-Hamas deal over phone

May 4, 2011

TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and his Egyptian counterpart Nabil al-Arabi discussed the reconciliation deal between the Palestinian movements of Fatah and Hamas during a telephone conversation on Tuesday.

Salehi announced Iran’s stance on the Palestinian unity agreement, and al-Arabi welcomed the position adopted by the Islamic Republic.
The two foreign ministers also exchanged views on the latest developments in the Arab world.
Salehi and al-Arabi are scheduled to hold talks on the sidelines of the NAM foreign ministerial meeting in Bali next month.
Iran severed relations with Egypt following the Islamic Revolution of 1979 because Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel and gave refuge to ousted Iranian dictator Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
After the collapse of Hosni Mubarak’s regime, Iranian and Egyptian officials expressed interest in restoring diplomatic relations between the two countries and the Iranian foreign minister officially invited al-Arabi to pay a visit to Tehran