Iran naval ships to cross Suez Canal on Monday

CAIRO Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:39pm EST

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Two Iranian naval ships will sail through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean on Monday, a Suez Canal official said, in what will be the first passage of Iranian naval ships through the canal since 1979.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has described Iran's plan to send the ships through the canal en route to Syria as a "provocation."

The official said the vessels would arrive at the southern mouth of the canal in the Red Sea's Gulf of Suez on Sunday. They would enter the canal in the northern convoy on Monday morning and complete the journey to the Mediterranean by evening.

An Egyptian army source said on Friday that the military, which has been running Egypt since President Hosni Mubarak was toppled from power on February 11, had approved Iran's request to send the ships through the canal.

The decision had posed an early diplomatic headache for Egypt's interim government. Cairo is an ally of the United States and has a peace treaty with Israel but its relations with Iran have been strained since the 1979 revolution.

Egypt's Western allies are watching for hints of any shift in policy toward its Middle East neighbors.

(Writing by Tom Perry; editing by Michael Roddy)

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Comments (7)
MrEz wrote:
A gesture towards the military from the military..who knows..should irans boat get rocked..might make relationships smoother in the aftermath..just saying

Feb 19, 2011 8:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
txgadfly wrote:
Oh great! Sure, let’s just have Israel start a general war in the Middle East. Hell, chances are that even if the Iranians can hit Israel with nuclear weapons, some of them would probably not work. So let’s just find out. And let’s use US taxpayer dollars to pay for it too.

Some fool claimed that US expenditures for Israel were $3 billion per year. $3 billion per day is still low. That is where the US Federal deficit comes from. When will get our independence back?

Feb 19, 2011 10:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BOBBY99 wrote:
Assuming that Iran is irritated with our irrational footsies with Israel is not hard. Maybe the new Egypt is facing reality that Palestine is the key to peace, and genocide has to stop.
Maybe Egypt can open Palestine and Iran and others can help.
The US might have to realize that Palestine must be free for the peace to live. Arab states are all wanting democracy, and when they get it some states may not carry on with ideal leaders.
bobby99

Feb 20, 2011 1:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
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