TEHRAN – Egypt has sent a high ranking delegation to Tehran to discuss the provisions of an Egyptian-drafted quartet initiative to find a solution to the Syrian crisis.
The Egyptian delegation included advisor to the president on foreign affairs Essam El-Haddad and presidential chief of staff Refaa al-Tahtawi among others. The delegation held meetings with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, and Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.
During the meetings on Sunday the sides discussed issues of common concern including the bilateral relations.
The Iranian and Egyptian officials agreed to help implement Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s proposal to end violence in Syria through national reconciliation.
During an emergency Islamic summit in Mecca on August 14 and 15, 2012, Morsi put forward a proposal for the establishment of a contact group to defuse the Syrian crisis.
The first meeting of the group was held in Cairo on September 17, 2012.
The meeting in Cairo was described as the quartet meeting of the foreign ministers of Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, but neither Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal nor any other Saudi Arabian official attended the meeting. Their second meeting was held in New York on September 29, 2012, again in Faisal’s absence.
The three ministers also met for the third time in Islamabad on November 21, a day before the summit of the D-8 group of developing countries in the Pakistani capital. (Agencies)