Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in Egypt on the first trip by an Iranian president since the 1979 revolution.
First published 4th of February, 2013.
President Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood politician elected in June, kissed Mr Ahmadinejad as he disembarked from his plane at Cairo airport. The leaders walked down a red carpet, Mr Ahmadinejad smiling as he greeted waiting dignitaries.
Visiting Cairo to attend an Islamic summit that begins today, the president of the Shi’ite Islamist republic was due to meet the grand sheikh of al Azhar, one of the oldest seats of learning in the Sunni world.
Such a visit would have been unthinkable during the rule of Hosni Mubarak, the autocrat who preserved Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel during his 30 years in power and deepened ties between Cairo and the West.
Mr Ahmadinejad said in an interview with Al Mayadeen, a Beirut-based TV station, on the…
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