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Egyptian Party Leader Urges Tehran-Cairo Rapprochement

A senior Egyptian politician stressed the necessity for the resumption of relations between Iran and Egypt, saying that Tehran-Cairo rapprochement will boost the two sides’ leverage over Israel.

“Iran and Egypt are two friends and brothers and their bilateral relations should be resumed and restored to the normal trend as soon and rapidly as possible” Secretary-General of Egypt’s Kerama party Maher al-Makhlouf told FNA on Sunday.

He pointed to the weakness of Egypt’s economy and the country’s problems in economic fields, and added that the US and Israel want Egypt to remain a country in need of their help.

“Undoubtedly” Makhlouf said “resumption of the (Iran-Egypt) bilateral relations will create a remarkable leverage over Israel.”

In relevant remarks last month, new Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi had also underlined his enthusiasm for the further expansion of ties with Iran, and said relations between Tehran and Cairo will create a strategic balance in the region.

“The issue will create a strategic balance in the region,” Mursi told FNA in June, hours before the final results of the presidential election was announced.

Earlier this month, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Mursi, in their first telephone conversation, conferred on the two Muslim countries’ ties and the upcoming summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran.

President Ahmadinejad said Tehran welcomes close interactions with the Egyptian government and nation, and attaches no limitations to the expansion of ties and cooperation with Cairo.

Ahmadinejad expressed Iran’s preparedness to transfer capabilities, achievements and experiences in various scientific, technological, industrial and economic fields to the Egyptian people.

He also invited Egypt’s first democratically-elected president to participate in the NAM summit due to be held in Tehran late in August.

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