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13:55 | 2012-08-12

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Egyptian Analyst: Tehran-Cairo Ties to Form New Equations in Region

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Egyptian lawmaker underlined the necessity for the resumption of ties between Iran and Egypt, and stressed that such rapprochement will create a new balance in the region.

Speaking to FNA on Sunday, President of the Middle-East Center for Regional and Strategic Studies Mustafa al-Labad pointed to Iran's invitation to Egypt's New President Mohammad Mursi to visit Tehran to attend Non-Aligned Summit (NAM), and said the visit will be "very sensitive".

"In fact, the visit will be very important and sensitive after the present political changes and developments. Iran and Egypt are two great regional countries with great and profound cultures and civilizations, and it is natural for them to consult with each other over regional conditions," Labad said.

"We hope that Mohammad Mursi will melt down the freeze in the two countries' relations by giving a positive response to the invitation," the analyst said.

"No doubt, establishment of such relations (between Iran and Egypt) is against the Zionist regime of Israel's interest and will create a new equation in the region."

On Wednesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a letter to his Egyptian counterpart invited him to attend the 16th heads-of-state summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran late August.

Iranian Vice-President Hamid Baqayee submitted President Ahmadinejad's letter to Mursi on Wednesday.