Egypt denies President Morsi will visit Iran

Cairo says newly elected leader will not be attending conference in Tehran

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (photo credit: AP/Maya Alleruzzo)
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (photo credit: AP/Maya Alleruzzo)

In the latest round of claim and denial between Iran and Egypt, a spokesman for Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi denied that the new leader, who has been in office since Saturday, will travel to Tehran, Israel Radio reported on Wednesday.

Spokesman Yassir Ali said that Morsi has not received any invitation to visit Iran, responding to previous media reports that the Egyptian president was to attend a conference at the request of Tehran.

Reports had quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi as saying he hoped the visit would strengthen ties between the two countries and lead to an upgrading of their diplomatic relations, with the re-opening of their embassies and an exchange of ambassadors.

Last week, Morsi denied outright an Iranian media report that claimed he gave an interview to the Fars News Agency in which he talked of building relations with Tehran.

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