Iranian diplomat leaves Cairo after probe

May 30, 2011 21:58


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CAIRO - An Iranian diplomat whom Egypt briefly detained and questioned on suspicion of spying left Cairo on Monday, Egypt's official news agency MENA reported.

Ties between Cairo and Tehran were severed after Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution and Egypt's signing of a peace treaty with Israel the same year, but they have improved since a popular uprising toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11.

Qassem Hosseini was accused of spying for Iran with the intention of harming Egypt's interests but was released when his diplomatic status was confirmed.

"This issue was a misunderstanding that has been resolved now," Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying by state television.

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