Egyptian Politician Urges Establishment of Strong Ties with Iran
(FNA)- A senior Egyptian politician underscored the Iranian and Egyptian nations' abundant commonalities, specially in religious and ideological areas, and called for the establishment of strong relations between Tehran and Cairo.
"Strong, effective and active relations between Tehran and Cairo will create a strong motivation for Egypt's development," member of Egypt's Democratic Party Mohammad Farouq Marzi told FNA on Monday.
"Given the Cairo government's features and its ideological aspect, establishment of strong ties between Egypt and Iran will be a strong incentive for politicians under the present conditions and we can establish strong, effective and active ties and policies with each other in different fields," he added.
In relevant remarks last month, Egypt's new President Mohammad Mursi also underlined his enthusiasm for the further expansion of ties with Iran, and said relations between Tehran and Cairo will create a strategic balance in the region.
"The issue will create a strategic balance in the region," Mursi told FNA in June, hours before the final results of the presidential election was announced.
Earlier this month, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Mursi, in their first telephone conversation, conferred on the two Muslim countries' ties and the upcoming summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran.
President Ahmadinejad said Tehran welcomes close interactions with the Egyptian government and nation, and attaches no limitations to the expansion of ties and cooperation with Cairo.
Ahmadinejad expressed Iran's preparedness to transfer capabilities, achievements and experiences in various scientific, technological, industrial and economic fields to the Egyptian people.
He also invited Egypt's first democratically-elected president to participate in the NAM summit.