Egypt shuts Iranian TV station office after Sadat film

The closure came weeks after Egypt summoned the head of the Iranian interests office in Cairo over a film on the killing of Sadat, who made deal with Israel.

Egypt shuts Iranian TV station office after Sadat film

Egypt, irritated with Iran over a film on the assassination of President Anwar Sadat, shut down the Cairo offices of an Iranian television station that it said was not properly licensed, security sources said on Thursday.

The sources said police closed the offices of Iran's state-owned Arabic Al-Alam television on Tuesday because it did not have a broadcasting licence, and confiscated computers and photo equipment. They gave no further explanation for the move.

But the closure came weeks after Egypt summoned the head of the Iranian interests office in Cairo over a film on the killing of Sadat, who made deal with Israel.

State media said the film would damage improving ties between the countries but gave few details of its content.

Egypt and Iran have not had full diplomatic relations since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, when Iran cut ties after Sadat hosted the deposed pro-Western Shah in Cairo.

Iran said in January it was close to restoring full diplomatic relations with Egypt, but Egyptian officials have been more cautious. Cairo has said a Tehran street named after Sadat's assassin should be changed and murals of the assassin in the Iranian capital removed. Some security issues also must be resolved, Egyptian officials have said.

According to the Iranian film, Sadat was killed for signing the 1978 Camp David Accords that led to a 1979 peace treaty with Israel, the first by an Arab country.

The documentary, entitled "Assassination of a Pharaoh," has already been shown on Iranian television.

The film, broadcast "in honor of the martyrs of the Islamic renaissance," deals with "the revolutionary assassination of the treacherous Egyptian president at the hands of the martyr Khaled Islambouli."

Egypt and Iran maintain interests sections in Tehran and Cairo, and their ministers work together at international gatherings. But senior officials do not often exchange visits.


Agencies

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