Symposium on Egypt-Iran Relations Opens in Cairo
A symposium on Egyptian-Iranian relations opens in Cairo on Saturday to address bilateral ties in various fields, reported the official Iranian news agency, IRNA.
The agency said high-ranking officials at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry would take part in the two-day event, adding that top Egyptian scholars, academics and journalists were also expected to participate in the symposium, the second of its kind.
Iranian participants were expected to include academics and senior officials from the ministries of foreign affairs and Islamic guidance and culture.
The symposium will focus on Egyptian-Iranian ties from all angles, especially economics and culture.
The Cairo symposium is being organized by the Al Ahram Centre for political and strategic studies.
The first symposium on Egyptian-Iranian ties was held in Tehran last July.
Tehran-Cairo ties have significantly warmed since June 2000 when President Mohammad Khatami spoke over the phone with his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak, the first such conversation by the presidents of the two countries since they severed ties in 1979 after Egypt signed the Camp David peace treaty with Israel.
Relations have since improved, and the two countries now run interest sections through the Swiss embassies in Cairo and Tehran, operated by Iranian and Egyptian diplomats.
The only sticking point between the two countries is the renaming of a Tehran street honoring the assassin of former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat.
In an unexpected move, the Tehran City Council recently voted to open an urgent debate on the issue - Albawaba.com