The Iranian parliament has approved a bill that authorizes investigating moving the country’s capital city to a location outside Tehran, a step that some inside the country see as necessary to address myriad problems that Tehran is facing, but was criticized by the administration as currently unfeasible.
Tehran Friday Prayer Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami criticized ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi’s government today for not being able to distinguish between “friends and enemies.”
Although Iran had initially hope to improve relations with Egypt very quickly, many differences have surfaced. Yesterday, Iranian MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi faulted Morsi for “continuing the old policies” of deposed president Hosni Mubarak.
An extensive interview with Mashreg News on Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi covered a wide range of topics, two of the more interesting topics being the first flight between Cairo and Tehran in 34 years and the attack on the British Embassy in Tehran in November 2011.
On Saturday the first commercial flights between Tehran and Cairo in 34 years took place. Salehi was asked about domestic criticism regarding the measures taken to improve ties between the two countries. Iran has waived visa requirements for Egyptians visiting the country while Egypt has not only not returned the favor, but has announced that Iranians in Egypt would have restrictions visiting Cairo to prevent them from visiting Shia shrines.