TEHRAN, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that convergence between Tehran and Cairo could change regional and international equations in favor of both countries, Press TV reported.
"If a convergence is formed between Tehran and Cairo over regional and international issues, many equations will be reformed, " Ahmadinejad said before departing Tehran for Egypt on Tuesday to attend the 12th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
Ahmadinejad said Iran and Egypt, as two great civilizations, also enjoy prominent political and social standings in the region and the international arena.
"During this trip, we will try to provide the grounds for the expansion of cooperation between Iran and Egypt," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying.
The relation between Egypt and Iran were cut off for over three decades after Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, but the two sides started to get closer after the 2011 unrest that toppled Egypt's former leader Hosni Mubarak.
Iran persists that the two countries need to take further steps to normalize ties in the future.