iran warship 311.
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CAIRO — State media on Friday said Egypt has agreed to let two Iranian naval vessels transit the Suez Canal.
State-run news agency MENA said that authorities approved a request from Iranian diplomats who offered assurances that the two ships won't have weapons or nuclear or chemical material.
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On Thursday, the two Iranian naval vessels submitted a request to transit the Suez Canal, Egypt's Foreign Ministry said.
spokesman Hossam Zaki said Egyptian authorities received the
request to grant the vessels passage, while a Suez Canal official said
the Defense Ministry would process the application.
Iran denied claims Thursday that it had canceled plans to send two warships
through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea, saying that despite various
media reports the vessels were on their way to Syria.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman first
called attention to the Iranian intentions during a speech to the Conference of
President of Major American Jewish Organizations, terming the move a
“provocation” and calling on the world to “put the Iranians in their