Iranian Culture Minister Seyed Mohammad Hosseini underlined Iran and Egypt's abundant commonalities, and voiced Tehran's readiness to develop all-out ties with Cairo, Fars agency reported.
"We consider Egypt as an ancient country with a brilliant culture, civilization and history, which has been influential in major developments of both the Arab and the Islamic world, which is the reason why we have been eager for having a greater extent of relations and interactions with the Egyptians," Hosseini said in a meeting with a delegation of Egyptian artists and cinematographers.
"The Iranian people, particularly researchers, when hearing the names of prominent Egyptians, such as the theorists, writers, reciters of the Glorious Qur'an, and artists, and in recent years the Egyptian cinematographers, are reminded of the rich Egyptian culture, civilization, and history," he added.
"That is the reason why I personally believe if Iran and Egypt would be side by side of each other, this would definitely be to the benefit of not only the Islamic world, but also the benefit of the entire mankind, and yield blessings beyond imagination," Hosseini said.
The culture minister reiterated, "Quite naturally, there are opponents to amicable relations between these two major powers in the Islamic world, whose unity would lead to advancement, wellbeing, and developments of the world Muslims."
After the collapse of Hosni Mubarak's regime, the Iranian and Egyptian officials voiced their interest in the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries and Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi officially invited the then Egyptian counterpart Nabil Al-Arabi to pay a visit to Tehran.
Later, the Iranian foreign minister and his former Egyptian counterpart also held a meeting in Bali, Indonesia.
Also, during the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran late August, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Egyptian counterpart conferred on ways to promote the bilateral relations between Tehran and Cairo, and stressed the need for continued consultations in this regard.
In a latest development, Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi in a meeting with Salehi in Cairo in September said that Iran plays an important role in resolving the regional crises, and underlined that Tehran and Cairo should be united in dealing with global challenges.
"When the followers of unrighteousness are united in their unrighteous path, why should not we go united in our right position when dealing with global challenges," Mursi said.
Stressing that Egypt assumes Iran's stability as its own stability, he said, "There is no problem between Iran and Egypt."
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