Tehran Mulls Renaming Street at Cairo’s Request
The Teheran City Council has agreed to start a debate on possible new names for a street in the Iranian capital which has been a long-running point of contention in relations between Iran and Egypt, according to BBC.online.
The Teheran street is at present named after Khaled Islambouli, who assassinated then Egyptian president Anwar Al Sadat.
Sadat was killed on October 6, 1981 during an annual military parade celebrating the anniversary of the 1973 Egypt-Israeli war. He was saluting the troops when Islambouli and his accomplices ran from one of the vehicles in the parade and began firing machine guns and throwing grenades into the reviewing stand.
Islambouli was tried and executed, but to fundamentalists, he remains a hero. The assassination came against the backdrop of the Egyptian-Israeli 1979 peace treaty which the president had signed.
Iran is opposed to peace negotiations with Israel and backs Islamist movements in their struggle against Israel.
Iran fell out with Egypt when Sadat hosted the Iranian Shah, Mohammad Riza Bahlawi, after he was overthrown by the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
Relations between Egypt and Iran have warmed in the past year, after a telephone conversation between President Mohammed Khatami and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, ended more than 20 years of diplomatic silence.
Tehran Council members said it could be renamed after the Intifada martyrs, or after Mohammed Al Durrah, a young Palestinian boy shot dead by Israeli troops in Gaza earlier this year -- Albawaba.com
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