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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Iran’s VP visits Egypt to invite Mursi to Tehran

Iranian Vice President Hamid Baqai has arrived in Cairo for a two-day visit during which he will present Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi with an official invitation from his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to take part in a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran, Middle East News Agency reported on Tuesday.
Egypt’s Presidential Spokesman Yasser Ali Said on Saturday that Mursi was undecided yet about going to Tehran for the NAM summit.

Ali said in a statement that a decision will be taken based on Egypt’s national interests and has nothing to do with any stance on Iran. Egypt is expected to take over the NAM presidency from Iran during the upcoming summit.


Iran’s staunch support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is also expected to pressure Mursi not to travel to Tehran.