‘Morsi invites Iran pres. for OIC summit’

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) and his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Morsi

An Iranian official says Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been invited by his Egyptian counterpart to participate in the upcoming summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Cairo.

During his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi had invited Ahmadinejad to attend the summit, which is scheduled for February 6-7.

Mehmanparast said the summit would be a good opportunity for the two presidents to hold talks.

During the February summit, Egypt will take over the OIC presidency for the next three years.

The OIC, which was established in 1969, is the second-largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations and has 57 member states spread over four continents.

“Continuous consultation among influential regional countries, including Iran and Egypt, can be effective and beneficial to the expansion of bilateral relations and the resolution of regional crises,” Mehmanparast added.

Tehran and Cairo resumed their bilateral ties after the Egyptian revolution that toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

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

Morsi visited Iran for the 16th Non-Aligned Movement in August 2012, which was the first trip by an Egyptian president to Tehran since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

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