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Iran's Ahmadinejad calls Egypt's Morsi

2012-07-05 08:00

Cairo - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called his Egyptian counterpart Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday to wish the Muslim Brotherhood politician success, the Egyptian state news agency reported.

The call appeared to be the first contact between the two leaders since Morsi was sworn in as president of Egypt, a country which has not had diplomatic relations with Tehran for 30 years.

Ahmadinejad invited Morsi to attend a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement scheduled to be held in Tehran on 29 August, the state news agency said, quoting Morsi’s spokesperson. It did not say whether he had accepted.

Ties between Cairo and Tehran were severed in 1980 following Iran's Islamic revolution and Egypt's recognition of Israel.

Morsi has denied giving an interview to Iran's Fars news agency which had quoted him as voicing interest in restoring the long-severed ties between the countries. Morsi’s spokesperson said last week the interview never took place and that Morsi would file a lawsuit against the news agency.