Egypt, Iran Hold Top Talks to Speed up Normalization of Ties

Published July 2nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Egypt's foreign minister Amr Moussa said Sunday he has held high-level talks with Iran aimed at speeding up the normalization of relations that were broken off two decades ago during the Islamic revolution in Tehran, reported AFP. 

Moussa told reporters following trips to Poland, Malaysia and Singapore that he held talks recently with his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharazi about "how to give a boost to these relations." 

Moussa, who met Kharazi in Kuala Lumpur last week during a meeting of foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Conference, gave neither details nor a date for the talks, said AFP. 

However, Moussa did not comment directly on a remark by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mohamed Adeli, who said on Friday that "as far as I know there is a plan in the next few weeks to announce the official resumption of full diplomatic relations," reported Reuters.  

Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak spoke by telephone on June 21st in the first direct contact between leaders of the two countries since they broke off relations, said Reuters. 

Iran then joined the G15 group of developing countries days later during its 10th summit in Cairo, which was host to the event as current chairman of the group. 

Egypt and Iran severed relations after Tehran's 1979 Islamic revolution after the exiled Shah of Iran went to Cairo, according to Reuters - (Several Sources) 

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