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Iran's Ahmadinejad seeks strategic axis with Egypt

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C) gestures in front of the shrine of Prophet Mohammed's grandson Hussein ibn Ali at the Al-Hussein mosque, named after the grandson, in old Cairo February 5, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C) gestures in front of the shrine of Prophet Mohammed's grandson Hussein ibn Ali at the Al-Hussein mosque, named after the grandson, in old Cairo February 5, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C) gestures in front of the shrine of Prophet Mohammed's grandson Hussein ibn Ali at the Al-Hussein mosque, named after the grandson, in old Cairo February 5, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, Egypt's leading Sunni Muslim scholar at the historic al-Azhar mosque and university, in Cairo February 5, 2013. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was both kissed and scolded on Tuesday when he began the first visit to Egypt by an Iranian president since Tehran's 1979 Islamic revolution. The trip was meant to underline a thaw in relations since Egyptians elected an Islamist head of state, President Mohamed Mursi, last June. But it also highlighted deep theological and geopolitical differences. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION CIVIL UNREST)

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, Egypt's leading Sunni Muslim scholar at the historic al-Azhar mosque and university, in Cairo February 5, 2013. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was both kissed and scolded on Tuesday when he...more

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, Egypt's leading Sunni Muslim scholar at the historic al-Azhar mosque and university, in Cairo February 5, 2013. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was both kissed and scolded on Tuesday when he began the first visit to Egypt by an Iranian president since Tehran's 1979 Islamic revolution. The trip was meant to underline a thaw in relations since Egyptians elected an Islamist head of state, President Mohamed Mursi, last June. But it also highlighted deep theological and geopolitical differences. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION CIVIL UNREST)
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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures as he greets people in front of the shrine of Prophet Mohammed's grandson Hussein ibn Ali at the Al-Hussein mosque, named after the grandson, in old Cairo February 5, 2013. Ahmadinejad was both kissed and scolded on Tuesday when he began the first visit to Egypt by an Iranian president since Tehran's 1979 Islamic revolution. The trip was meant to underline a thaw in relations since Egyptians elected an Islamist head of state, President Mohamed Mursi, last June. But it also highlighted deep theological and geopolitical differences. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION CIVIL UNREST)

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures as he greets people in front of the shrine of Prophet Mohammed's grandson Hussein ibn Ali at the Al-Hussein mosque, named after the grandson, in old Cairo February 5, 2013. Ahmadinejad was both kissed and...more

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures as he greets people in front of the shrine of Prophet Mohammed's grandson Hussein ibn Ali at the Al-Hussein mosque, named after the grandson, in old Cairo February 5, 2013. Ahmadinejad was both kissed and scolded on Tuesday when he began the first visit to Egypt by an Iranian president since Tehran's 1979 Islamic revolution. The trip was meant to underline a thaw in relations since Egyptians elected an Islamist head of state, President Mohamed Mursi, last June. But it also highlighted deep theological and geopolitical differences. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION CIVIL UNREST)
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People hold posters with an image of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Al-Hussein mosque, named after Prophet Mohammed's grandson Hussein ibn Ali, before Ahmadinejad's visit to the mosque in old Cairo February 5, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

People hold posters with an image of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Al-Hussein mosque, named after Prophet Mohammed's grandson Hussein ibn Ali, before Ahmadinejad's visit to the mosque in old Cairo February 5, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah...more

People hold posters with an image of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Al-Hussein mosque, named after Prophet Mohammed's grandson Hussein ibn Ali, before Ahmadinejad's visit to the mosque in old Cairo February 5, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi (R), meets with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after he arrives at International Airport in Cairo in this photo provided by the Egyptian Presidency on February 5, 2013. REUTERS/Egyptian Presidency/Handout

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi (R), meets with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after he arrives at International Airport in Cairo in this photo provided by the Egyptian Presidency on February 5, 2013. REUTERS/Egyptian Presidency/Handout

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi (R), meets with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after he arrives at International Airport in Cairo in this photo provided by the Egyptian Presidency on February 5, 2013. REUTERS/Egyptian Presidency/Handout
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Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi greets an Iranian delegates next to Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) after he arrives at International Airport in Cairo in this photo provided by the Egyptian Presidency on February 5, 2013. REUTERS/Egyptian Presidency/Handout

Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi greets an Iranian delegates next to Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) after he arrives at International Airport in Cairo in this photo provided by the Egyptian Presidency on February 5, 2013. REUTERS/Egyptian...more

Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi greets an Iranian delegates next to Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) after he arrives at International Airport in Cairo in this photo provided by the Egyptian Presidency on February 5, 2013. REUTERS/Egyptian Presidency/Handout
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