- Middle East/North Africa
Iran has welcomed the early results of Egypt’s constitutional referendum, which indicate that the draft constitution backed by Islamists is likely to be approved.
Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast said Iran considers the constitution a crucial step toward democracy in Egypt, according to Iranian Students’ News Agency.
Diplomatic relations between Tehran and Cairo were cut in 1980 following Iran's Islamic Revolution, largely due to the peace treaty Egypt signed with Israel in 1979.
Tehran has expressed a desire to exchange ambassadors with Egypt since the election of President Mohamed Morsy, but this has not yet occurred.