World Bulletin / News Desk
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday to wish the Muslim Brotherhood politician success, the Egyptian state news agency reported.
The call appeared to be the first contact between the two leaders since Mursi was sworn in as president of Egypt, a country which has not had diplomatic relations with Tehran for 30 years.
Ahmadinejad invited Mursi to attend a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement scheduled to be held in Tehran on Aug. 29, the state news agency said, quoting Mursi's spokesman. It did not say whether he had accepted.
Ties between Cairo and Tehran were severed in 1980 following Iran's Islamic revolution and Egypt's recognition of Israel that occupies Palestinian lands.
Mursi has denied giving an interview to Iran's Fars news agency which had quoted him as voicing interest in restoring the long-severed ties between the countries. Mursi's spokesman said last week the interview never took place and that Mursi would file a lawsuit against the news agency.
The two-day Arab summit meeting will kick off in Kuwait on March 25.
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Millions of Egyptian school and university students went back to their classrooms on Saturday for their second semester
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Beirut-based Al Mayadeen said on its website that its cameraman Omar Abdelqader was shot in the neck on Saturday
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By joining Egypt in designating the group as a terrorist organization, the kingdom may be able to persuade Western governments to blacklist the group
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