Report: Khatami's Office Denies Planned Cairo Visit
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's office denied press reports in Egypt announcing plans by the Iranian head of state to visit Cairo, an Iranian newspaper said Wednesday.
"An informed source at the president's office last night did not confirm reports that Khatami would travel to Egypt," the Doran-e Emrouz paper said.
Egypt's government Al-Ahram newspaper, reporting from Doha where Khatami was visiting for a summit of Muslim countries over the weekend, said the Iranian head of state was planning to visit Cairo soon.
Relations between the two countries were severed in 1980, shortly after the Islamic revolution that toppled the shah of Iran, but they have warmed gradually since the beginning of the 1990s.
They each have diplomats stationed in interests sections in the Swiss embassies in Cairo and Tehran.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak telephoned Khatami on June 21 this year, marking the first direct top-level contact in 20 years but the two have yet to meet -- TEHRAN (AFP)
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