Momentous journey

Print edition : March 08, 2013

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (centre) at the Sayyida Zeinab mosque in Cairo on February 5. Photo: KHALED DESOUKI/AFP

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas with Ahmadinejad on the sidelines of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Cairo on February 6. Photo: ABBAS MOMANI/AFP

Ahmadinejad with Grand Sheik Ahmed El-Tayeb, the head of Al Azhar, the seat of Islamic learning, in Cairo. Photo: Amr Nabil/AP

Egyptian and Syrian Sunni protesters in Cairo shouting slogans against Ahmadinejad. Photo: Khalil Hamra/AP

Presidents Mohamed Morsy and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad upon the latter's arrival in Cairo on February 5. Photo: AFP

The fact that an Iranian President was in Cairo after 34 acrimonious years imparts a sense of history and drama to Ahmadinejad’s visit.
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