Egypt okays Suez Canal use for Iran warships

February 19, 2011 - 0:0

CAIRO (The Star) —Egypt has approved the passage of two Iranian warships through the Suez Canal, a source said on Friday.

“Egypt has agreed to the passage of two Iranian ships through the Suez Canal,” the security source told Reuters.
State TV and the official news agency subsequently reported the news, without citing sources.
An army source earlier said the Defense Ministry was considering a request by the Iranians to allow the naval ships to cross the strategic waterway.
Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki said the ministry received the request to allow the ships to pass through the waterway on Thursday and passed it on to the defense ministry, AFP reported.
Iran's official Fars new agency, quoting senior naval commanders, said the ships are the 33,000-ton refueling and support vessel Kharg and the 1,500-ton light patrol frigate Alvand, both British-built.
The Kharg has a crew of 250 and can carry up to three helicopters. The Alvand is armed with torpedos and anti-ship missiles. They intend to enter the Mediterranean Sea and head to Syria.