(IRNA) - Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said in Cairo on Wednesday that his country interacts with Iran knowing it is an "Islamic and influential state" in the Middle East.
Speaking to reporters, he said that Cairo sees no problems in its ties with Tehran.
Referring to developments in the Middle East, particularly the continuing war in Lebanon, he stressed the importance of making changes to a draft resolution presented by the United States and France to the UN Security Council in efforts to obtain a ceasefire, reports Trend.
He said the draft resolution should call for a withdrawal of Israeli forces that have invaded south Lebanon and settlement of the Shebaa Farms issue.
The Lebanese government has objected to the draft resolution which obviously defends the interests of the Zionist regime.
Aboul Gheit said Israel's occupation of Lebanon was the main problem, and added that the conflict cannot be resolved unless the Zionist regime first withdraws its troops from Lebanese territory.
Referring to Cairo's stance on the deployment of a multi-national force on the Lebanese-Israeli border, he said the Egyptian government would welcome any decision acceptable to Lebanon.
However, he said Cairo was of the view that any international peacekeeping force deployed in the Lebanese border should have no links with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
The minister said Egypt sees no problem in the deployment of forces pursuant to the UN Charter and under UN supervision provided an agreement is reached by both sides.