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5 Feb, 2013

Iran and Egypt in landmark meeting: China Daily

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Cairo this week as the first Iranian head of state to travel to Egypt since Iran’s revolution in 1979 soured ties.

Officials and analysts said the visit is a significant step in restoring Teheran-Cairo ties and an attempt to bring the views of the two most populous countries in the region closer.

Ahmadinejad will lead an Iranian delegation to attend a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Cairo, said Amani Mojtaba, head of Iran’s Interest Section in Cairo, which it maintains in the absence of an official embassy.

Mojtaba added that he hoped relations could “return to full diplomatic level”.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said earlier that Ahmadinejad will arrive in Egypt on Wednesday to deliver a speech during the summit, which runs from Saturday to Thursday.

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