Egypt-Iran to Negotiate Reopening Diplomatic Relations

4 de junio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="23" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Egypt-Iran to Negotiate Reopening Diplomatic Relations</h1><p>June 4, 2007 (LPAC)--Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit and Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki will be holding talks for reopening diplomatic relations which have been severed since 1979.</p><p>For the last seven years, both countries have considered reopening ties, but pressure on Egypt from the Bush Administration prevented serious talks from taking place. An Egyptian source told today's <i>Ha'aretz</i> , "The idea of renewing relations with Iran had surfaced twice before, in 2000 and 2004. We never followed through because of American pressure.... But now the U.S. is itself engaging in direct contact with the Iranians, so no one can argue that renewing relations is an anti-American notion."</p><p>Iranian-Egyptian relations would serve to improve relations between Iran and the Arab world. <i>Ha'aretz</i> reported that a group of experts commissioned by the the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to consider the question of restoring relations, had concluded that it should be considered of the "utmost importance." Renewed relations would also allow the Arab states to hold a constructive dialogue with Iran, in which context issues such as the Palestinian-Israel conflict and the situation in Lebanon can be taken up.</p></div></body>