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'Iran, Egypt can boost ties as NAM troika'
Alaeddin Hassan Youssef, the head of Egypt's Interests Section in Tehran
Thu May 26, 2011 10:28AM
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Iran and Egypt can cooperate on a variety of issues as members of a troika of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the head of Egypt's interests section in Tehran says.

“There are a lot of areas for Tehran-Cairo cooperation in the Non-Aligned Movement,” IRNA quoted Alaeddin Hassan Youssef as saying on Thursday.

He expressed hope that the embassies of the two countries would soon be opened.

This comes as Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and his Egyptian counterpart Nabil al-Arabi met and held talks during the 16th conference of foreign ministers of the NAM on the island of Bali in Indonesia.

Salehi said better Iran-Egypt ties would benefit the entire region and called on the two countries to clear any possible misunderstandings.

Al-Arabi, for his part, expressed his country's readiness to enhance ties with the Islamic Republic.

The 16th ministerial meeting of the 118-member movement opened in Bali on Wednesday to discuss leading global issues, including human rights, climate change, pandemics, food security and development.

Egypt currently chairs NAM and will hand over its rotating presidency to Iran at the end of this year's conference.

Iran and Egypt have not had diplomatic relations since 1980.

Iran severed ties with Egypt after Cairo signed the 1978 Camp David Accords with the Israeli regime and offered asylum to Iran's deposed dictator, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

Iran and Egypt have expressed readiness to resume talks following the ouster of Egypt's pro-Western President Hosni Mubarak.

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