Iran, Egypt Can Help Reduce Regional Tensions: Official

A special aide to Iran’s parliament speaker said Tehran and Cairo could help reduce tensions in the region by boosting their mutual cooperation.

Iran and Egypt’s enhanced regional cooperation can be effective in reducing tensions in the region, former deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said during a Tuesday meeting with Khaled Ammare, the head of the Egyptian interests section in Tehran.

Noting that formation of a parliamentary friendship group can help boost bilateral ties between the two countries, he said, “Parliamentary diplomacy effectively contributes to the development of cooperation and mutual understanding of regional and international conditions.”

Khaled Ammare, for his part, underlined the need for closer ties between Iran and Egypt, saying, “Increased consultations between officials of both countries will be effective in improving the situation in the region.”

Iran and Egypt have held no diplomatic ties since 1980 when Cairo offered asylum to the former shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and maintained peace treaties with Israel.

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