Egyptian foreign minister ready to meet Salehi

April 28, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN - Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi has announced that he plans to meet his Iranian counterpart on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) meeting next month.

In an interview with the Egyptian newspaper Al Shorouq on Wednesday, al-Arabi announced that he will meet Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on the sidelines of the NAM foreign ministers meeting, which is scheduled to be held next month.
“This meeting is an opportunity to evaluate the next steps in regard to relations between the two countries,” Egypt’s new foreign minister added.
The Egyptian state-owned newspaper Al Akhbar also highlighted al-Arabi's promise to work on improving relations between Egypt and Iran on Wednesday. The daily quoted al-Arabi as saying that Egypt and Iran are in communication with the aim of normalizing relations between the two countries.
Earlier this week, Egyptian government spokesman Ahmed al-Saman underlined that the country is determined to resume relations with Iran.
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.
Al-Arabi’s comments came a month after Egypt -- in the wake of Mubarak's departure -- set Western alarm bells ringing by allowing Iranian naval ships to sail through the Suez Canal for the first time in 30 years.
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.