Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at a press conference following a meeting with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, in Cairo on February 5, 2013.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran and Egypt have similar views on current events and the improvement of the regional and global situations.
Speaking at a press conference in Cairo on Tuesday, he stated that the Egyptian nation has contributed enormously to world civilization, adding that Iran and Egypt have similar traditions and deeply-rooted cultural affinities and are on the path to make dazzling advancements and attain their rightful positions.
“The alliance between Iran and Egypt would not only benefit both nations but would also serve the entire international community,” the Iranian president added.
On Tuesday, Ahmadinejad began a historic visit to Egypt, where he will attend a summit of heads of state and government of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
He was received by his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Morsi upon his arrival at Cairo International Airport.
Ahmadinejad is the first Iranian head of state to visit Egypt in 34 years.
Iran severed its diplomatic ties with Egypt in 1980, after the Islamic Revolution of 1979, because Egypt signed the Camp David Accords with Israel and offered asylum to former Iranian dictator Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
Morsi visited Iran in August 2012 to attend a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement. It was the first visit of an Egyptian president to Iran in more than three decades.
Relations between Iran and Egypt began to thaw after the election of Morsi, who assumed office on June 30, 2012. However, full diplomatic relations between the two countries have still not been restored.