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Iranian parliament speaker meets Egyptian president

TEHRAN, Jan. 30 (Mehr News Agency) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Iranian Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel held talks in Cairo on Wednesday. The talks mark the first high-level meeting between the two countries after Iran and Egypt cut ties nearly three decades ago over regional policy disagreements.

Haddad-Adel, invited by his Egyptian counterpart Ahmed Fathi Sorour, is in Egypt to participate in the fifth Organization of the Islamic Conference parliament speakers' meeting.

Haddad-Adel hailed his "very good" meeting with Mubarak, whom he said had insisted on rejecting any pressure from Washington aimed at stopping the resumption of diplomatic ties, AFP reported.

"The fact that I'm here is proof of the improvement in relations between the Islamic Republic and Egypt," Haddad-Adel told journalists.

Some people may think that the United States is putting pressure to stop the return of relations between Egypt and Iran but President Mubarak has said that he does not accept any pressure from the U.S. and that his positions are based on Egypt's interests, he stated.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said on Monday that Tehran was on the threshold of restoring diplomatic ties with Cairo but was awaiting a signal from Egypt.

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad had a telephone conversation with his Egyptian counterpart on January 22 to discuss the Gaza blockade by the Zionist regime as well as regional developments.

Former Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani had an unofficial visit to Egypt earlier this month, where he met Egyptian officials, and said that relations between the two countries were improving.

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