Iran, Egypt hope to restore Islamic world’ dignity

January 17, 2008

TEHRAN (IRNA) -- The Islamic world has pinned hope on Iran and Egypt as two major Muslim states that can restore dignity of the Islamic Ummah, Majlis speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel said on Tuesday.

The speaker made the remarks in a meeting with head of the Egypt’s interest section in Tehran, Amr al-Zyat.
“As two ancient countries enjoying rich history and civilization, Iran and Egypt are major pioneers of seeking freedom,” the speaker said referring to the latest developments in Tehran-Cairo relations.
Haddad-Adel is to visit Egypt soon to attend an inter-parliamentary summit of the member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) due to be held in the Egyptian capital on January 30-31.
Referring to the upcoming meeting, Haddad-Adel expressed hope that the gathering would lead to further unity among the Muslim countries and boost cooperation among parliaments of the Islamic states.
Meanwhile, the Egyptian official, expressed Cairo’s satisfaction over Haddad-Adel’s participation in the gathering.
Al-Zyat expressed hope that participation of powerful Muslim states including Iran in the meeting would help resolve problems facing the world Islamic nations.
Referring to the growing trend of Tehran-Cairo relations in recent months, the diplomat said that exchange of delegations between the two capitals as well as the upcoming visit to Egypt of the Iranian Majlis speaker will pave the way for a bright future for mutual ties.
Iran and Egypt currently have interest sections in their respective countries after Tehran cut ties with Cairo in 1980 in protest to Cairo’s recognition of Israel.
The two countries are now set up to reestablish diplomatic ties.