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Iranian official says Iran-Egypt set to resume ties

Iran's deputy foreign minister for economic affairs said in Cairo Sunday that Iran-Egypt are set to resume diplomatic ties, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Speaking to reporters Mohamamd Hossein Adeli, responding to a question on manner of resumption of ties said, "we are satisfied with steps taken which has the backing of the high-ranking official of both countries."

The measures initiated are indicative of the two countries officials political will "which we reckon will result in mending the broken diplomatic relations."

He was talking to reporters following his talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Maher and handing of an officials letter of invitation for Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to visit Tehran to attend a summit of D-8 members to be held in Tehran on February 17-18.

Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi, speaking in Tehran on sunday, touched on news dispatches which have ruled out Mubarak's visit and have referred to Maher to head the country's delegation at the group of eight summit.

The visit by Mubarak to Iran has already been ruled out but the level at which Cairo will participate in an economic summit in Tehran later this month still remains to be seen.

Asefi said, "Ties with Egypt are on the right track and we are moving ahead step by step. The question that when the ties are resumed needs time (to be answered)."

The two countries moved early last month towards rapprochement after Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Maher renounced the accord as a thing of ancient history.

The gesture was immediately reciprocated by Iran, which renamed the Khaled Islambouli street, called after the assassin of former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat.

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