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Egyptian foreign ministry protests to Iranian interests head in Cairo

Posted by African Press International on July 10, 2008

The Egyptian Foreign ministry on Tuesday summoned the head of Iranian interests office in Cairo, Ambassador Seyed Hossein Rajabi to inform him of the resentment of the Egyptian government regarding the new Iranian film which describes the assassination of the former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat as the “execution of the pharaoh”.

An Egyptian official source said Tuesday that the assistant Foreign minister for Asian Affairs Ambassador Tamer Khalil assured the Iranian official that the film hurts relations between the two countries, and that Iran understands Egyptian the sensitivities.

The film affects any positive developments in relations between Egypt and Iran, he added.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries have been severed during the Ayatollah Khomeini revolution in Iran after President Sadat signed a peace agreement with Israel.

Egypt has refused to Iranian demands for the restoration of full diplomatic relations between the two countries because it says Iran still names one of the main streets in Tehran after Khaled Islambouli, one of President Sadat’s killers.

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