Iranian speaker invites Egyptian al-Azhar Sheykh to Iran
Iran Azerbaijan, Baku, July 27 / Trend D.Khatinoglu/
One of the Iranian members of Parliament submitted Speaker Ali Larijani's invitation letter to al-Azhar Sheykh Ahmad al-Tayyeb, reported Iran Parliament's (Majlis) official website. MP Naser Soudani gave Iranian Speaker a letter of invitation to al-Tayyeb.
According to the report, al-Azhar Sheykh emphasized cooperation and understanding among Muslims throughout the world.
In 1979, diplomatic relations were cut off between Egypt and Iran because of the signing of the Camp David peace agreement between Egypt and Israel and also because then-Egyptian President Anwar Sadat granted refuge to the deposed Shah of Iran, Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi.
A preliminary Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement was reached in 1978 at the Camp David summit, and Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin, who were presidents at the time, signed a final peace agreement between Israel and Egypt in 1979 in Washington, which was called the Camp David agreement.
Tehran , in turn, was strongly against Egypt's peace agreement with Israel. A Tehran street is named after President Anwar Sadat's assassin, Egyptian army lieutenant Khalid al-Islambuli, who was executed in 1982. This is still considered a major obstacle in restoring relations between the nations.
Iran has made attempts to reestablish bilateral relations with Egypt since the collapse of the Husni Mubarak regime in February 2011.