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Presidents of Egypt, Iran hold first summit in 24 years

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Khatami went into talks in Geneva, the first such high-level meeting in 24 years. Mubarak was met by Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi as he arrived for the talks at a hotel in Geneva, where the leaders were attending a UN conference on information technology. The Egyptian president declined to make any comment as he arrived. The Mubarak-Khatami talks will be the first meeting at this level since Egypt and Iran broke diplomatic ties in 1980 after the 1979 Iranian revolution toppled Shah Mohamed Reza Pahlavi, who received asylum in Cairo. “It is a very important meeting and there are a number of bilateral and regional issues to be discussed,” Iranian Vice President Mohammad Ali Abtahi said in Tehran. Full Story

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