April 19, 2011 / 5:26 AM / in 8 years

Iran appoints ambassador to Egypt, first in 30 years

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has appointed an ambassador to Egypt for the first time in 30 years as diplomatic relations are re-established following the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, Iran’s Press TV reported on Tuesday.

Ties between the countries — among the largest and most influential in the Middle East — were severed in 1980 following Iran’s Islamic revolution and Egypt’s recognition of Israel.

Cairo has long been an ally of the United States and Israel but since Mubarak was toppled by a popular uprising there have been signs of warming between mainly Sunni Muslim Egypt and predominantly Shi’ite Iran.

Press TV named Iran’s ambassador as Ali Akbar Sibuyeh, a career diplomat who is the son of a senior cleric.

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