Iran summons Egyptian envoy for not allowing aid ship

January 27th, 2009 - 9:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Tehran, Jan 27 (IANS) The Iranian foreign ministry Tuesday summoned the top Egyptian diplomat in Iran to lodge Tehran’s protest over what it said Cairo’s obstruction in getting Iranian aid to the Gaza Strip, the official news agency IRNA reported.The head of the Egyptian interest section in Iran, Amr Ahmed A. Meguid El Zayat, was told that Egypt’s rejection to give permission to the Iranian aid ship was “not justified at all”, a foreign ministry official said.

Iran alleges that Cairo has still not issued the necessary permission for an Iranian ship carrying aid for Gaza to anchor in Egyptian waters.

During the 22-day military offensive in Gaza Strip, Iran had urged Egypt to open its borders to help Palestinians collect necessary items.

According to reports, an Iranian aid ship has been waiting in the international waters close to Gaza port as well as Egyptian waters for a long time.

However, Israeli media reported that Egypt has intercepted an Iranian ship carrying arms for the Islamic Hamas movement that is currently docked in the Red Sea outside the Suez Canal.

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