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Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says convergence between Tehran and Cairo could change regional and international equations in favor of both countries. “If a convergence is formed between Tehran and Cairo over regional and international issues, many equations will be reformed,” Ahmadinejad said before departing Tehran for Egypt on Tuesday. Ahmadinejad said Iran and Egypt, as two great civilizations, also enjoy prominent political and social standings in the region and the international arena. “During this trip, we will try to provide the grounds for the expansion of cooperation between Iran and Egypt,” the Iranian president added. 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. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi visited Iran for the 16th NAM summit in August 2012, which was the first trip by an Egyptian president to Tehran since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Morsi invited Ahmadinejad to attend the 12th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which is slated for February 2-7. During the summit, Egypt will take over the presidency of the OIC summit for the next three years. Ahmadinejad has said he would announce the Islamic Republic’s stances and views during the OIC summit. MYA/MA/HJL
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