An Egyptian diplomatic source said that Iran’s recent initiative to send back to Cairo two men long wanted by his government on criminal charges represents a positive step towards better Egyptian-Iranian relations.
Iran has recently handed over to Egypt Mostafa Hamed, a prominent Al-Qaeda’s operative and historian, and Mohamed Shawky El-Islamboly, brother of Sadat assassin Khaled, who is facing the death penalty at home.
The two men have taken took refuge in Iran for years.
The diplomatic source added that Egypt is keen on bridging its relations with Iran.
However, they said that there are still several issues that need to be sorted out between the two countries including those dealing with the security of the Arab Gulf countries.
The diplomatic source highlighted that Iran understands that Egypt has developed a new political orientation towards the Persian Gulf nation after the January 25 revolution.