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11:37 | 2012-04-11

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Egyptian FM Stresses Necessity for Tehran-Cairo Rapprochement

TEHRAN (FNA)- Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr described Iran as an important regional power, and said Cairo seeks to resume relations with Tehran.

Iran is a regional power and Cairo cannot overlook relations with Tehran, Kamel Amr said.

Therefore, he added, there are ongoing efforts to resume relations between the two countries.

Kamel Amr said Iran is a major regional power in the Middle East whose might cannot be ignored.

The Egyptian foreign minister told the Arabic daily al-Ahram that two sides maintain diplomatic contacts through their respective interest sections in Tehran and Cairo as well as in regional and international meetings.

After the collapse of Hosni Mubarak's regime, the Iranian and Egyptian officials voiced their interest in the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries and Salehi officially invited the then Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Al-Arabi to pay a visit to Tehran.

Later, the Iranian foreign minister and his former Egyptian counterpart also held a meeting in Bali, Indonesia.

During the meeting which took place on the sidelines of a ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the two diplomats conferred on ways to promote the bilateral relations between Tehran and Cairo, and stressed the need for continued consultations in this regard.