CAIRO/DUBAI - Egypt has invited Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to the inauguration ceremony of newly elected President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a trip that would make him only the second Iranian leader to visit Egypt since the countries severed ties in 1980.
Sisi, the former army chief who last year toppled Egypt's first freely elected leader, the Islamist Mohamed Morsi, is expected to be sworn in as president later this week after unofficial results showed he won a landslide victory in last month's election.
Iran welcomed the 2011 uprising that led to the downfall of autocratic President Hosni Mubarak, and considered it an "Islamic awakening" given that it was followed by Islamist rule. When the army ousted Morsi from power in July last year, Tehran criticized the move, drawing a hostile response from Cairo.
"He was invited in both capacities as president of Iran and president of the Non-Aligned Movement," Egypt's presidential spokesman Ehab Badawi told Reuters, but said that so far there had been no response