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Egypt green-lights passage of Iranian ships through Suez

Egypt granted approval Friday for two Iranian ships to transit through the Suez Canal despite Israeli government concerns. Iranian diplomats have stressed the ships will not be carrying weapons, or nuclear or chemical material.


AP - State media say Egypt has agreed to let two Iranian naval vessels transit the Suez Canal, a move that comes despite expressions of concern by Israeli officials.

State-run news agency MENA said Friday that authorities approved a request from Iranian diplomats who offered assurances that the two ships won't have weapons or nuclear or chemical material.

The move had been widely expected and Iranian officials have insisted the request is in line with international regulations. They say the two vessels are headed to Syria for training.

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