Egypt has given two Iranian warships permission to pass through the Suez Canal for the first time since the Islamic Revolution, Egyptian state television reported on Friday.
The report said Egypt’s army had been assured that the vessels, currently in the Red Sea, will not be carrying military equipment, nor nuclear or chemical contents.
The ships are understood to be heading for Syria.
Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has described Iran’s plans as “provocative.”
Meanwhile, in another potential blow to Israel, Egyptian authorities have also decided to open the Rafah border crossing into the Gaza Strip for humanitarian reasons.
Egypt has been cooperating with an Israeli blockade to prevent smuggling through tunnels.