Egyptian president congratulates Ahmadinejad for election win

August 10, 2009 22:12

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak congratulated on Monday his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on his disputed re-election, Iran's official news agency said. Monday's IRNA report did not provide further details, and news of the message was not carried by Egypt's state press. Relations between Egypt and Iran have been tense for three decades. Iran cut diplomatic ties after Egypt signed a peace agreement with Israel in 1979 and provided asylum for the deposed Iranian Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. More recently, Egypt and many other Sunni Arab countries have been wary of the growing power of Shi'ite Persian Iran in the Mideast.

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