Iran is ready to cooperate with Egypt: Iranian official
Alaeddin Boroujerdi speaks during a press conference - EPA/Khaled Elfiqui
By MUHAMMAD GHAMRAWY

CAIRO: After being invited to attend the inauguration of newly elected President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Iran has announced it is ready to cooperate with Egypt.

This announcement came in statements made by Chairman of the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran Alaaeddin Boroujerdi to Iranian channel Al-Alam, Youm7 reported Sunday.

Tehran is ready to cooperate with the new Egyptian government, Boroujerdi said, noting his country is waiting for reciprocal action from Cairo.

“We have to wait to see what new policies will come from Egypt,” he said.

Boroujerdi said Iran had limited time to work with former President Mohamed Morsi and former President Hosni Mubarak ignored Iran, but the country sees opportunity with the Sisi government.

Mohammed Mohsen Abo El-Nour, an Egyptian researcher specializing in Iranian Affairs at Al-Azhar University said cooperation will benefit both countries and serve to increase stability, peace and security.

However, Abo El-Nour said this cooperation would harm Israel, and referred to the historical hostility between Israel and the Iranian theocratic regime which has ruled since 1979.

He expected that there would be a breakthrough in Egyptian-Iranian relations during Sisi’s rule, but said it would take time and not be a “sudden breakthrough.”

This is especially true he said because of Iran’s rocky relations with other Arab countries and its support of Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthi Shiite militant group in Yemen, Hamas in Palestine and the Alawite regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

Iranian relations during the Morsi period improved, as Morsi visited Iran and then Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Egypt, the first time in 34 years that standing heads of state from either country made such trips. It was expected that relations could further develop, but Morsi’s ouster ended initial optimism, Abo El-Nour said.

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY ESRAA AHMED FOUAD

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