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Iran's Foreign Minister Says Morsi Visit Is a 'Landmark'

In an interview with Al-Monitor's Barbara Slavin on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi praised the presence of Egypt President Mohammed Morsi after decades of Iranian-Egyptian estrangement.

TEHRAN — Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Tuesday that his government will not be offended if Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi spends only a few hours in Iran later this week. In an interview with Al-Monitor and Time Magazine on the sidelines of a conference of the 120-member Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Salehi said the mere “presence” of an Egyptian leader in Iran after decades of estrangement between Iran and Egypt would be a “landmark.” Salehi repeated Iranian offers to help resolve the crisis in Syria — offers that the Barack Obama administration has rejected. The soft-spoken foreign minister, who got his PhD in physics from MIT before the 1979 Iranian revolution and previously served as Iran’s representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency, also said he remains optimistic that a “win-win” solution can be found to Iran’s nuclear confrontation with the US and much of the international community despite the current apparent deadlock in talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1).

Excerpts of the interview follow:

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