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Qatar favors resumed Iran-Egypt ties
Thu, 28 Apr 2011 13:40:03 GMT
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Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani (R) and Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf hold a joint press conference in Doha, April 27, 2011.
Qatar's prime minister has voiced his country's support for the reestablishment of ties between Iran and Egypt as a move that will benefit the entire region.

“Qatar backs diplomatic relations between Egypt and Iran,” Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani stated in a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Essam Sharaf in Doha, Mehr news agency cited al-Bashir website as reporting.

All Persian Gulf states have embassies in Tehran and Egypt's ties with Iran will favor the countries in the region and will not do them any harm, said Sheikh Hamad, who also holds Qatar's portfolio of foreign affairs.

The official said a recent competition between Doha and Cairo over the rotating leadership of the Arab League did not mean there was tension between the two countries.

Egypt's visiting prime minister also defended his country's reach-out for closer ties with the Islamic Republic following the country's January 25 revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak after decades of autocratic rule.

“There is no contradiction between Egypt's Iran ties and its relations with Arab nations,” Sharaf noted, emphasizing that security in the Persian Gulf region is of great value for the Egyptians.

Tehran and Cairo reestablished their long-frozen relations earlier in April by inking a number of agreements in the field of tourism.

The agreement, the first since the fall of Mubarak, will take effect once Egypt and Iran exchange respective ambassadors.

Iran severed ties with Egypt after Cairo signed the 1978 Camp David Accords with Israel and offered asylum to Iran's deposed monarch Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

Earlier in April, Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi called for normalization of ties with Iran, stressing Cairo's commitment to improving relations with Tehran.

The move drew criticism from Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressing "fear" and disappointment at Egypt's plans to resume ties with the Islamic Republic.

According to Egyptian media reports, the United Arab Emirates has also expelled a number of Egyptians, denied visa to some and refused to renew the residence of others, allegedly to revenge on Cairo for the planned trial of Mubarak as well as its forging closer ties with Iran.

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