February 18, 2011
CAIRO — Egypt has agreed to let two Iranian naval vessels transit the Suez Canal, a move that comes despite expressions of concern by Israeli officials, the Egyptian-government’s MENA news agency reported Friday.
An Iranian diplomat has said the vessels were heading to Syria for training and that the request to move through the canal is in line with international regulations.
Iranian diplomats have offered assurances that the two ships wouldn’t have weapons or nuclear or chemical material, MENA stated.
White House spokesman Jay Carney, briefing reporters on an Air Force One flight from California to Oregon, said, “We’re monitoring that, obviously.”