Iranian president pays first visit to Egypt since 1979

Cairo, Feb 5 (Xinhua-ANI): Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Egypt’s capital Cairo on Tuesday, the first visit by an Iranian president to Egypt since 1979.

Ahmadinejad will participate in the upcoming Islamic Summit slated for Feb 6-7, the first one since the Egyptian unrest broke out, also the first one that Egypt has hosted since the establishment of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in 1969.

Ahmadinejad was received by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi at the airport, and is scheduled to meet with al-Azhar grand Imam as well as other officials, and visit Hussein Mosque and the pyramids before taking part in the Summit proceedings.

The relations between Egypt and Iran were cut off for over three decades after Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, but both states got a little closer after Egypt’s regime of Hosni Mubarak was toppled in early 2011. (Xinhua-ANI)