Growing tensions between Iran and Egypt
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry summoned the Iranian diplomatic representative in Cairo to protest against recent anti-Egypt demonstrations in Iran. In a statement issued Tuesday by the Foreign Ministry, Egypt voiced its cpncern over the demonstrations staged from time to time outside the office of the Egyptian diplomatic mission in Tehran.
According to Iranian sources, students staged a demonstration on Monday in front of the Egyptian interest section in Tehran in protest at the Israeli "crimes" against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and Egypt's collaboration with Israel. Similar protests have been recently held outside embassies of other Arab countries in Tehran which are cooperating with Israel.
The Egyptian ministry also criticized some Iranian newspapers that have repeatedly insulted Cairo's policies and leadership.
Diplomatic ties between Iran and Egypt were severed in 1979 after Cairo recognized Israel and signed a peace treaty with it. However, the two countries took steps last year toward a possible normalization of diplomatic relations.