TEHRAN, Jan.6 (Mehr News Agency)—The Tehran City Council approved the renaming of Khaled Eslamboli Street to ‘Intifada’ Street here Tuesday.

The issue was proposed by the Foreign Ministry in order to pave the way for close ties between Iran and Egypt in view of new regional circumstances and positive signs indicated by Egyptian officials.


The council’s decision to rename the street that had honored the assassin of Egypt's late president Anwar Sadat, removed a major obstacle to the restoration of ties between the two countries.


Islambouli opposed the Israeli-Egyptian peace deal and shot Sadat in 1981. He was later executed.


The Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ahmad Maher, recently described the Camp David peace accord with Israel as a matter of the past. Egypt has also joined Islamic countries, advocating the Palestinians’ resistance and the Intifada. 


Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hamid-Reza Asefi stressed that the new situation has allayed Iran’s concerns on Egypt adding that the proposal was presented to the TCC according to the three principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran, dignity, knowledge, and prudence.


Speaking at the Tehran City Council session today, Asefi said that the issue of renaming Khaled Eslamboli Street was proposed at the first sitting of the Tehran City Council in 2001, the council had preconditioned its approval to the Foreign Ministry’s agreement.


He added that the proposal was to show Iran’s good will toward Egypt in view of its political concerns.






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