Iran-Egypt rapprochement no threat to regional states: Salehi
Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:25AM
The Islamic republic of Iran and Egypt have announced that relations between the two countries are not against the [interests of] other countries in the region.” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar SalehiIranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the restoration of ties between Iran and Egypt would not threaten the interests of other countries in the region. “The Islamic republic of Iran and Egypt have announced that relations between the two countries are not against the [interests of] other countries in the region,” Salehi, who is in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa to take part in the 20th African Union (AU) Summit, told reporters on Monday. Salehi expressed satisfaction with the growing cooperation between Tehran and Cairo, and voiced optimism that greater steps would be taken toward the enhancement of bilateral ties. Iran severed ties with Egypt after Cairo signed the 1978 Camp David Accord with Israel and offered asylum to Iran's deposed monarch Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. However, the Egyptian revolution in February 2011 which led to the ouster of Egypt’s former dictator, Hosni Mubarak, led to a relative thaw in relations between Tehran and Cairo. Commenting on the disputes between Sudan and South Sudan, the Iranian foreign minister expressed the Islamic Republic’s readiness to help resolve the differences between the two African neighbors. As the current chair of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Iran is prepared to help settle the dispute between the two countries, Salehi said.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to use the capacity of NAM to resolve the issues and problems between the two countries.”South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in July 2011 as part of a 2005 peace treaty, which ended decades of war between the two countries. Despite the treaty, the African neighbors are still at loggerheads over oil revenues and border demarcation. The two sides have agreed on a demilitarized border buffer zone. Under the deal, troops must withdraw ten kilometers from the de facto line of control along the border. YH/HMV