Iranian state TV said on Thursday two Iranian warships are due to pass through the strategic Suez Canal - an event that would mark the first such passage by the Islamic republic's navy since Iran's 1979 revolution. A similar plan was announced on Wednesday but then canceled. "Two Iranian warships are to cross the Suez Canal. The vessels are on their way to the Suez Canal", it said.
Egyptian authorities saw "nothing wrong" with the passage of the two warships through the canal. "Iranian officials were in contact with officials in Cairo to secure the vessels passage", Press TV quoted an unnamed Iranian navy official as saying. The passage could be a potential policy headache for Egypt's new army rulers. Israhelli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said after the first announcement that the move through the canal en route to Syria would be a "provocation".