Report: Iranian, Egyptian Presidents to Meet at UN in New York

Published July 4th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Iranian and Egyptian presidents agreed to meet in September during the UN General Assembly in New York, in a further sign of improving relations, an Iranian newspaper report said Tuesday. 

The daily Bahar, run by Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's press chief Said Pur-Azizi, said that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had expressed the wish to meet Khatami in a ground-breaking telephone call last month. 

"It was agreed that it would be in the autumn in New York, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly," the paper said, quoting an "informed source". 

Khatami and Mubarak spoke by telephone on June 21st in the first direct contact between leaders of the two countries since they broke off relations 20 years ago. 

Iran had joined the G15 group of developing countries 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, when the exiled Shah of Iran went to Cairo. 

Ties have improved over the past few years, and Cairo has said it was ready to re-establish full diplomatic relations as soon as Tehran changed the name of Khaled Islambuli street -- which was named after the man who assassinated Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, Mubarak's predecessor.  

Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa said in Cairo Sunday he had held talks with his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharazi recently about "how to give a boost to these relations." -- TEHRAN (AFP)  


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