Ahmadinejad to visit Egypt in February

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C-R) and Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi shake hands during their meeting in the Iranian capital city, Tehran, on August 30, 2012.

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to visit Egypt in early February upon the invitation of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

Ahmadinejad will visit the Egyptian capital, Cairo, to attend the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation which will kick off on February 7.

The news comes as Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi is in Cairo for talks with Morsi to discuss ways of enhancing bilateral ties between the two Muslim nations.

Salehi arrived in the Egyptian capital on Wednesday night and is expected to convey a message from Ahmadinejad to Morsi.

Iran severed ties with Egypt after Cairo signed the 1978 Camp David Accord with the Israeli regime and offered asylum to Iran’s deposed monarch, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

However, the Egyptian revolution in February 2011 which led to the ouster of Egypt’s former dictator, Hosni Mubarak, thawed the three-decade frosty ties between Tehran and Cairo.