Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Thursday that Iran welcomes the resumption and expansion of its ties with Egypt and Morocco.
He made the remarks at a ceremony in the capital Tehran to celebrate Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, which was attended by Muslim countries’ ambassadors to Iran, according to a statement published on the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s website.
“Among the foreign policy priorities of the administration of the Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is paying special attention to the country’s relations with the Muslim world and regional states … We welcome the expansion and normalization of relations with other regional and Muslim countries, including Egypt and Morocco,” said Amir-Abdollahian.
Iran and Egypt severed diplomatic relations in 1980. In recent years, Iran has announced readiness to mend ties with Egypt by settling differences on certain issues.
In late May, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said his country welcomes the resumption of bilateral relations with Egypt and has no problem in this regard.
Morocco decided to sever relations with Iran in May 2018 over what it called Iran’s support for Polisario Front, an armed group fighting for self-determination of Western Sahara claimed by Morocco.