Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's sudden visit to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait saw the Arab-Iranian relations issue top the list of discussions with his fellow Arab heads of state.
The previously unannounced tour came one day after Mubarak met with Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani during the latter's visit to Cairo on Sunday.
During Larijani's visit, the first talks between top Egyptian and Iranian officials in over a year, Larijani handed Mubarak a message from the Iranian leadership. Egyptian sources said that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was seeking to end tensions between his country and Egypt.
"The message is offering a new Iranian approach to resolve outstanding issues," said an anonymous source, following Larijani's talks with Mubarak.