Iran, Egypt to Meet on Bilateral Relations

Published July 8th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iran's foreign ministry has organized a roundtable political discussion with Iranian and Egyptian experts to examine relations between the two countries, officials said Saturday. 

The talks will be held Monday and Tuesday and include "experts and thinkers from the two countries," the officials said. 

Egypt and Iran severed relations after Tehran's 1979 Islamic revolution, when the deposed shah of Iran fled to Cairo. 

Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak recently spoke by telephone in the first direct contact between leaders of the two countries since relations broke off, the Iranian newspaper Bahar, close to Khatami, said Tuesday. 

According to the report, the two presidents agreed to meet in September at the UN General Assembly in New York. 

Revolutionary Iran has strongly condemned Egypt for taking in the Shah and for signing the Camp David accords of 1978 with Israel, along with Egypt's recognition of the Jewish state. 

But ties have improved over the past few years, and Cairo and Tehran each has a charge d'affaires stationed at its interest section in the other country - TEHRAN (AFP)  

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