Cairo: In first such visit in decades, Egypt’s President Mohammed Mursi will attend the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Iran on August 30, announced an Egyptian presidential official on Saturday.
Mursi’s visit is seen as a move to thaw in ties between Egypt and Iran after years of enmity, especially since Egypt signed its 1979 peace treaty with Israel and the Islamic revolution in Iran.
Under Mursi's predecessor Hosni Mubarak, Egypt sided with Saudi Arabia and other Sunni-dominated Arab nations in trying to isolate Shi’ite-led Iran.
The presidential official says Mursi will visit Tehran on August 30 on his way back from China to attend the Non-Aligned Movement Summit. Egypt will transfer the bloc's rotating leadership to Iran. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of he was not authorised to make the announcement now.
(With Agency inputs)
First Published: Saturday, August 18, 2012, 23:06