Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Mubarak shuns Iran's offer

Eygpt doesn't seem to be getting along with anyone these days. First the recent rift with Libya, now Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak turns down an invitation to go to Iran because "Iran-Egyptian relations are in the reconstruction phase and need time."

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has declined an Iranian invitation to attend an economic summit in Tehran later this month, a visit that was supposed to have heralded a resumption of diplomatic ties between Iran and Egypt, the Iranian foreign minister said Sunday.

"Mr Hosni Mubarak is not going to participate himself, but a high-ranking delegation is going to be sent," Kamal Kharazi told reporters.

"Iran-Egyptian relations are in the reconstruction phase and need time," he added. "There should be a natural and definite course for relations to be resumed in the near future."


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