Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met Sunday with Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani in the first high-level talks between both countries since relations were strained after Israel’s war on Gaza.

Larijani, who met Mubarak and Egyptian parliament speaker Ahmed Fathi Surur for two hours, described the meeting as “very good and constructive.”

“The two countries’ vision on bilateral relations are positive, which is key to the development of the relationship between them,” Larijani told reporters.

He said Iran backs the Palestinian Hamas movement and Hezbollah in Lebanon because both Islamist groups “stood up to Israel” while stressing his country “supports and encourages Egyptian efforts for Palestinian reconciliation.” AFP

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