Egypt denies plans to visit Iran nuclear plant

Published Monday, August 27, 2012

The Egyptian presidency denied on Monday that President Mohammed Mursi plans to visit an Iranian nuclear reactor on the sidelines of his visit to Tehran for the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit.

In a statement on Monday presidential spokesperson Yasir Ali said that Iranian media reports that Mursi planned to visit Iran's nuclear reactor are untrue.

Ali explained that Mursi's visit to Iran will be restricted to a few hours only in which he will attend Thursday morning's opening session of the summit before leaving Tehran without attending any other meetings.

Mursi is set to pass on the NAM presidency from Egypt to Iran during the opening session. Egypt has held onto the presidency since 2009 when it hosted the last summit in Sharm el-Sheikh.

Tehran severed diplomatic relations with Cairo in 1980 in protest of the Egypt's peace accord with Israel. Mursi's visit to Iran is the first of its kind since then.

(UPI, Al-Akhbar)

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