CAIRO, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Egypt has approved the passage of two Iranian warships through the Suez Canal, a source said on Friday, a move Israel’s right-wing foreign minister described as “provocative”. “Egypt has agreed to the passage of two Iranian ships through the Suez Canal,” the security source told Reuters.
State TV and the official news agency subsequently reported the news, without citing sources. An army source earlier said the Defence Ministry was considering a request by the Iranians to allow the naval ships to cross the strategic waterway. (Reporting by Marwa Awad, Writing by Edmund Blair)