CAIRO — Egypt broke all ties with Iran today and security sources said 37 Muslim extremists from a group allegedly funded by Tehran had been arrested in an assassination conspiracy.
A Foreign Ministry statement said Egypt was closing the Iranian interests section in Cairo, expelling the resident Iranian diplomat and recalling Egypt's sole diplomat from Tehran.
"The decision to expel the Iranian mission was a result of actions incompatible with diplomatic protocols and in violation of the Vienna accords governing diplomatic activity," the statement said. It did not elaborate.
Security sources, however, said 37 members of an underground Muslim extremist group said to be funded by Iran had been arrested. They said the group had been planning to assassinate Egyptian officials.