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Leader’s Aide: Iran, Egypt Share Similar Views about Syria Crisis Settlement

Politics - Supreme Leader's top aide Ali Akbar Velayati underlined that Tehran and Cairo share the same view on the solution to the Syrian crisis and both oppose interference of foreign parties in the problems of the Muslim country.

“Iran and Egypt as two Islamic states want the settlement of problems and issues in Syria without foreigners’ meddling,” Velayati said, addressing Egyptian journalists in Tehran on Sunday.

His remarks came as Egypt changed approach towards Syria since the June overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi and adopted a policy on Syria similar to Iran. Now analysts believe that Tehran and Cairo's growing closeness in regional views has paved the way for the resumption of their ties after several decades.

Velayati noted recent efforts for the resumption of ties between Tehran and Cairo, and said although Iranian and Egyptian officials have not started serious talks to resume the two countries' diplomatic relations yet, they have had some unofficial contacts in recent months which have created a more positive atmosphere.

“Iran and Egypt share many commonalities and there is no impediment to the development of the relations between the two countries in principle.

After the collapse of Hosni Mubarak's regime, the Iranian and Egyptian officials voiced their interest in the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries and former Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi officially invited the then Egyptian counterpart Nabil Al-Arabi to pay a visit to Tehran.

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