Iran, Egypt Strengthen Ties


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Egypt next month.

Ahmadinejad will travel to Egypt Feb. 6-7 and will attend the 12th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. He will also meet with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, according to Israel National News.

The head of Egypt’s interest section in Tehran told Iran’s Press TV the two presidents would discuss current regional and international issues.

There have been no formal diplomatic ties between Egypt and Iran since 1979, when then Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed a peace treaty between their two countries. This caused Iran to cut off ties with Egypt.

However, Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, has been getting closer to the Islamic Republic.

Morsi visited Iran in August, where he met Ahmadinejad. However, Morsi's spokesman later said the meeting did not address the issues of bilateral relations or raising the level of diplomatic representation between the two countries.

Ahmadinejad and Morsi described the two countries as "strategic allies" during the meeting.