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Iran: Government asks Tehran City Council to rename controversial street

Tehran City Council Tuesday will examine a senior foreign ministry official's request to rename a street in the Iranian capital, which is a bone of contention in ties with Egypt, IRNA reported.

The council will consider the letter of Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi to rename the Khaled Eslamboli street, called after the assassin of former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat.

The announcement comes just a day after Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Maher described the Camp David peace accord with Israel, which has irked Tehran, as a thing of past history.

It also follows last month remarks of President Mohammad Khatami who hoped negotiations held between him and his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak in Geneva recently would put an end to years of estrangement.

Khatami and Mubarak met in Geneva in November, on the sidelines of a UN technology summit. Iran said later it had invited the Egyptian president to attend a summit of eight developing Islamic countries (D-8) in Tehran in February.

The Islamic Republic severed its ties with Egypt after its former president Anwar Sadat signed the Camp David peace accord with the Zionist regime and harbored defunct Shah.

The two countries now run interest sections through foreign embassies in Cairo and Tehran, operated by Iranian and Egyptian diplomats.

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