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Egypt voices readiness to restore ties with Iran: Iranian MP

Tehran, May 30, IRNA - Head of Majlis Commission on National Security and Foreign Policy, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, said on Wednesday that the Egyptian foreign minister has forwarded a message to his Iranian counterpart voicing Egyptian readiness to restore ties with Iran.

Boroujerdi told reporters that in his letter, the Egyptian foreign minister has voiced readiness to hold talks with Iran.

Boroujerdi welcomed formation of Iran-Egypt parliamentary friendship group which helps deepen ties between the two nations.

On results of talks between Iran and US on Iraq security, he said the issue was of prime importance and left significant politico-psychological impacts on the region.

Given Iran's goodwill to help restore security in Iraq, he said that Iran strongly supports restoration of security in Iraq.

He expressed the hope that the current diplomatic initiatives would help improve security in Iraq.

Egyptian FM says Ahmadinejad's remark "positive"

Algiers, May 30, IRNA - Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said in Cairo Tuesday that remarks made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on resumption of bilateral ties were positive.

Addressing a joint press conference, Aboul Gheit said general frameworks for ties between Tehran and Cairo would be discussed in a session to be held between the two sides' officials in the future.

He said he has recently received a message from his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki on Ahmadinejad's remarks, adding Iran's Interests Section in Cairo has submitted response to Mottaki's letter to Iran's Foreign Ministry.

In his recent visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Ahmadinejad said Iran seeks resumption of ties with Egypt.

He added Iran would welcome opening of Egypt's Embassy in Tehran, if the Egyptian government voiced its readiness.

The Iranian president said resumption of official Tehran-Cairo ties would be in favor of the Islamic world, adding, "Egypt is regarded as a great asset for the Islamic world."

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