Egyptian official says Cairo may open embassy in Iran soon, reports Iranian media

An Egyptian official has said that Cairo will raise the level of its diplomatic representation in Tehran soon.

Yousry Abu Sahdy, a member at the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, told Iranian news agency IRNA that Egypt will soon open an embassy in Iran, and added that President Mohamed Morsy and Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr's participation in the Non-Aligned Movement's summit in Tehran, which is scheduled for 30 and 31 August, will strengthen diplomatic and economic ties between both countries.

Iran severed diplomatic relations with Egypt when former President Anwar al-Sadat signed the Camp David Accords with Israel in 1979, and then welcomed the ousted shah after the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

Relations between the nations have been tense for the past 30 years. Under the rule of former President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt had accused Iran of destabilizing the Middle East by meddling in other countries' internal affairs.

Iran named a street in Tehran after Khaled al-Islambouli, who assassinated Sadat in 1981, and accused Egypt of taking part in the Israeli war on Gaza in December 2008.

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