TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi has arrived in Tehran for the first visit by an Egyptian leader to Iran in decades.
Iran’s state TV in a live broadcast showed Morsi being received by Tehran’s vice president in charge of executive affairs Hamid Baghaei in the capital’s Mehrabad airport on Thursday. The Egyptian president is visiting for a summit of the 120-nation Non-Aligned Movement.
Tehran cut diplomatic relations in 1979 because of Egypt’s peace accord with Israel. Since the 1979 Islamic revolution, Iran has considered Israel as its arch foe.
Iran’s leadership welcomed the 2011 uprising in Egypt that ultimately brought Islamist Morsi to the presidency.
Morsi is supposed to transfer the rotating leadership of the Non-Aligned Movement to Tehran.