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Iran, Egypt to Hold Talks on Restoring Relations


Iran and Egypt are to hold talks aimed at restoring full bilateral relations.

A spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Hossam Zaki said Tuesday, the two countries have agreed to continue dialogue at the level of senior officials and then foreign ministers.

Iran severed ties with Egypt in 1980 to protest Cairo's recognition of Israel the year before. Iran angered Egypt, in turn, by naming a street after the assassin of Anwar Sadat, the Egyptian leader killed in 1981 after he made peace with Israel.

In May, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tehran is ready to restore full diplomatic relations with Egypt, and could open its embassy in Cairo as soon as the Egyptian government agreed.

Iran and Egypt currently have interest sections in their respective countries.

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