Egypt to sign trade deals with Iraq, Iran
In a sign of Egypt's improving ties with Iraq and Iran, Egyptian trade delegations will travel later this month to Baghdad and Tehran to sign cooperation agreements, the MENA news agency said Wednesday.
Khaled Abu Ismail, chairman of the Egyptian Chambers of Commerce Union, told MENA that one chamber delegation will leave for Iran on November 17 while another will head for Baghdad later in the month to sign such deals.
Details of the deals were not disclosed by Egypt's state-run news agency. Relations between Cairo and Tehran, which were broken in 1980 after the Islamic revolution in Iran, have warmed in recent years and are now at the level of charges d'affaires.
Economic relations between Cairo and Baghdad have also developed in the last three years despite the break in diplomatic relations since the 1991 Gulf war, when Egypt joined US-led forces in evicting Iraq from Kuwait.
The Egyptian minister for public enterprises, Mukhtar Khatab, is currently in Iraq for the Baghdad international fair. — (AFP, Cairo)
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