Ahmadinejad makes history with trip to Egypt for OIC summit
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will become the first Iranian president to travel to Egypt in over 30 years when he visits Cairo next week to take part in a summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Reuters reported.
Amani Mojtaba, head of Iran's interest section in Cairo, which it maintains in the absence of an official embassy, told the news agency that Ahmadinejad will head Iran's delegation to the OIC summit, the biggest international event Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi has hosted since taking office.
The trip marks the first visit from an Iranian president since the Persian nation's 1979 revolution and since Egypt's peace agreement with Israel ruptured diplomatic ties between the two countries.
"I hope that Iranian-Egyptian relations return to the full diplomatic level," Mojtaba said.
The trip follows Morsi's visit to Iran in August last year when the two leaders agreed to reopen official embassies.
The 2011 uprising that toppled Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak has provided the countries with a chance to reopen formal relations. But Egypt, like other Sunni states, remains at odds with Shia Iran over many regional issues including its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.