'Iran lawmakers to visit Egypt'
Following encouraging signals between Iran and Egypt to restore diplomatic relations, a senior member of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) says a number of Iranian lawmakers are likely to pay a visit to Cairo, reported Press TV.
"At the request of the Egyptian parliament, the visit by Iranian lawmakers to Egypt is in plans," the member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Fatemeh Alia said on Sunday.
She added that in the meantime, Majlis would study the situation in Cairo and would take steps toward the establishment of an Iran-Egypt Parliamentary Friendship Group in case the African country's policies were in coordination with Tehran's general and parliamentary policies, Majlis news agency (ICANA) reported.
Meanwhile, deputy of the commission Hossein Ebrahimi also stressed the importance of promoting relations with Egypt to an ambassadorial level following the developments in the North African country.
He added that conditions were favorable to open a new chapter in Tehran-Cairo relations on the heels of the recent events and the assumption of power by new leaders in Egypt.
The remarks by the Iranian lawmaker comes after Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi recently welcomed comments by his Egyptian counterpart Nabil al-Arabi on promoting Tehran-Cairo ties.
"Despite the ups and downs, the historical ties between the two countries have been sustained," Salehi said, adding good relations between the two countries could help the region's stability, security and development.
In his first press conference as Egypt's foreign minister, al-Arabi said that the Egyptian government does not see Iran as an enemy state, noting that the two countries have historically deep relations.
He further stated that the establishment of diplomatic ties depends on the Iranian side.
Tehran and Cairo have not had full diplomatic relations since 1979.
Iran severed ties with Egypt after Cairo signed the 1978 Camp David Accords with Israel and provided asylum to Iran's deposed shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.