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Iranian VP: No precondition set by Iran, Egypt for resumption of ties

Iranian Vice President for Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Mohammad Ali Abtahi said in Tehran on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic of Iran and Egypt have not set any preconditions for resumption of diplomatic relations, IRNA reported.

Speaking to reports, he called the current global situation mainly in the Middle East region as a very important factor encouraging the two countries to resume their diplomatic relations.

The two sides' presidents have agreed on the preliminary steps to be taken towards resumption of political ties between the two countries, he pointed out.

"The issue of Palestine was the root cause of severance of ties between Iran and Egypt," he said and underlined that under the present conditions in the world and the Middle East in particular, the resumption of ties between the two states will be considered as an effective assistance to the Palestinian nation.

When two great countries in the world of Islam stand side by side, they can collectively resolve the problems facing world Muslims, he pointed out.

The decision to resume ties between Iran and Egypt has been taken by high ranking officials of both countries, he pointed out.

He said that he was unaware of a report published by London based Saudi newspaper al-Hayat alleging that negotiations were underway between Iranian and American officials.

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