Egypt's Morsi to visit Iran

  • Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi is to visit Iran to take part in meetings of the Non-Aligned Movement at the end of the month, according to Egyptian media reports.

    Egypt currently heads the movement, created during the Cold War to support the interests of the developing world.

    Earlier reports suggested he would send his deputy, Mahmoud Mekki.

    If the trip to Tehran goes ahead, Morsi's trip will be the first by an Egyptian head of state since the 1979 Iranian revolution.

    Egypt's formal recognition of Israel and Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution led to a breakdown in diplomatic relations between the two nations in 1980.

    Under ousted leader Hosni Mubarak, Egypt aligned with Saudi Arabia and other Sunni-dominated Arab nations in an effort to isolate Shia-led Iran.