After years of animosity, Iran, Egypt talk peace

Egypt and Iran, considered on not-very-friendly terms for three decades, are making moves towards economic rapprochement and cooperation.

Last Updated: Oct 02, 2010, 19:00 PM IST

Cairo: Egypt and Iran, considered on not-very-friendly terms for three decades, are making moves towards economic rapprochement and cooperation.

The two countries are exchanging delegations to discuss means to take business and economic ties forward. An Iranian delegation headed by the vice Iranian president and head of the tourism association Hamid Bata`I arrived in Egypt yesterday to talk cooperation.

The delegation includes a number of businessmen who
are exploring opportunities to establish common cultural and
tourism projects.

Today, another delegation is in Cairo to seek health
cooperation after attending the regional WHO conference.

The Iranian delegation was received by the Minister
of Aviation Ahmad Shafique who will discuss possibilities of
cooperation between private aviation companies in both
countries.

The visit is to last for three days and analysts say
it is a sign of improving relations between the two countries
which have been on sour terms since the assassination of
former Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat by Islamists for his
decision to seek peace with Israel.

The relations between Iran and Egypt went sour after
Egypt supported Saddam Hussein`s regime when Iraq went to war
against Iran in the early 1980s.

The Iranian regime later glorified Khlaid
al-Istambuli, the main assassin of al Sadat. A main street in
Iran had been named after the main perpetrator Khlaid
al-Istambuli.

PTI

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