Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tariq Al Said (L) meets with Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (R) in Tehran, Iran on May 29, 2023. /CFP
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a meeting with Oman's Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said that Tehran welcomes better diplomatic relations with Egypt, Iranian state media reported on Monday.
Relations between Egypt and Iran have often been fraught in recent decades although the two countries have maintained diplomatic contacts.
Khamenei's comments come as Middle Eastern countries including Egypt are taking steps to ease regional tensions. In March, regional rivals Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran ended years of hostility and agreed to restore diplomatic relations under a China-mediated deal.