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Iranian diplomat lauds Egypt’s position against terrorism in Syria, Iraq
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TEHRAN – The Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs has praised the Egyptian government’s stance against terrorist acts in Syria and Iraq.
Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks during a meeting with an Egyptian media delegation in Tehran on Sunday.
He called Iran and Egypt independent and important countries in the region and stated that Iran welcomes any practical initiative to boost cooperation with Egypt.
The senior diplomat said Iran considers security and stability in Egypt and other regional countries as its own.
He added, “Iran’s redline in the region is resorting to extremism and terrorism.” 
Amir-Abdollahian also said Iran attaches great importance to involvement of all political groups and parties in Egypt’s “peaceful political trend” to help establish stability and security in the country.
He also said Egypt should gain its actual status to help the situation in the region.
The diplomat also said Iran is duty bound to use its status to boost security and stability in the region and foil plots of the enemies of Islamic world, specifically those by the Zionist regime.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry official also criticized some extra regional countries’ double standards in dealing with democracy and terrorism.
He emphasized that Iran has adopted transparent approach in campaign against terrorism and extremism.
Amir-Abdollahian also said the Palestine issue is a concern for Iran and Egypt.
The Palestine issue is a priority of the Islamic world and Iran continues to support the Palestinian resistance movement and unity among the Palestinian groups, he added.
The Palestine Committee of the Non-Aligned Movement was held in Tehran on August 4 at the foreign ministerial level to assess situation in the Gaza Strip.
He also approved of Egypt’s position against terrorism and extremism in Syria and Iraq and highlighted the necessity of cooperation and interaction between Iran and Egypt to create a situation for collective cooperation to counter terrorism and extremism.
Amir-Abdollahian visited Egypt in June to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. He also held talks with Al-Sisi where he announced “the Islamic Republic of Iran's readiness to strengthen cooperation and ties between Tehran and Cairo.”
Over the past few years, even the days under Hosni Mubarak, Iranian and Egyptian officials have repeatedly voiced their interest in the resumption of diplomatic relations. 

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