Egypt-Turkey cooperation 'essential': Iranian diplomat

CAIRO – Cooperation between Egypt and Turkey is "essential" to resolving the Middle East's problems, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Monday.

"[Iran] believes that cooperation between Egypt and Turkey is essential to resolve the Middle East's problems," Amir-Abdollahian said when asked by Anadolu Agency about possible Iranian mediation between Cairo and Ankara.

He said Egypt and Turkey "both play roles fighting terrorism in the region," calling on both countries to cooperate to serve the interests of the Islamic world.

Relations between Cairo and Ankara soured last summer after the Egyptian army ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi.

Last November, Egypt downgraded its diplomatic relations with Turkey to the level of charge d'affaires and recalled its ambassador from Ankara. Turkey responded with similar measures.

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