Khatami: Iran-Egypt ties important for both sides
Iran's President Mohammad Khatami said Wednesday that ties between Iran and Egypt are in the interest of the two states as well as the Islamic and Arab worlds.
Talking to reporters after the 4th Summit Meeting of Eight
Developing Countries (D-8), Khatami added Iran and Egypt enjoy special status regarding their populations and geographical situations.
"I think what the history and culture has determined is solidarity and union between the Iranian and Egyptian nations," he said, according to IRNA.
"Although differences of political views have been existed between the two countries, their bilateral, cultural and friendly ties have never been cut off," Khatami added.
He termed Egypt as an influential country and said Egypt is a great country regarding its history and culture and important influence in the region. "No two nations in the Islamic world are closer than the Iranian and Egyptian nations," the Iranian leader said.
"Today our governments are taking strides in a way to get closer to each other and I am confident that ties between Iran and Egypt are in the interest of the two countries as well as the Islamic and Arab states," Khatami added.
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