Armenian President Robert Kocharian and President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt discussed Iran's controversial nuclear program in Cairo on Saturday, the presidential spokesman said.
"Their talks covered the Iranian nuclear issue, developments in the region and the Gulf. Armenia is particularly interested in the nuclear file since it shares its southern frontier with Iran," Suleiman Awad told journalists.
Iran says its uranium enrichment program is for peaceful civilian purposes, but Western states suspect it may be used to develop a nuclear bomb, and have slapped sanctions on Tehran in a bid to get it to halt the project.
"Iraq also featured in the discussions, which covered regional problems in Central Asia, particularly the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh," Awad said.
During Kocharian's three-day visit, the interior ministers of both countries were expected to sign accords on organized crime, judicial cooperation and customs. On Sunday, Kocharian was scheduled to meet the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi, one of the most prominent figures in Sunni Islam.
Once home to a massive Armenian community, Egypt has close historical ties with Armenia -- in 1878, Armenian Nubar Pasha became the country's first prime minister. In the 1940s some 40,000 Armenians lived in Egypt, mostly in Cairo and Alexandria, although many left in the 1960s with the rise of Egyptian nationalism and more socialist laws that hit Armenian businesses. Today some 8,000 people of Armenian origin live in Egypt, according to the community's website.