DUSHANBE, July 5, 2012, Asia-Plus  -- Islamic Revival Party (IRP) leader Muhiddin Kabiri, who is also deputy of the lower house (Majlisi Namoyandagon) of the Tajik parliament, visited Cairo, Egypt from July 1 to July 4 on invitation of the Fair and Justice Party (FJP) of Egypt.

An official source in IRP’s headquarters in Dushanbe says that during his stay in Cairo, Kabiri also met with a group of Tajik students studying at Egyptian universities. 

The Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan was founded in October 1990 and it was officially registered on December 4, 1991.  It was banned by the Supreme Court in June 1993 and legalized in August 1999.  Its official newspaper is Najot (Salvation).  According to some sources, IRP now has some 25,000-30,000 members.  It won two seats in the 2010 parliamentary elections.  The Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan is the only Islamic party registered in CIS Central Asia.

The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) is an Islamist political party in Egypt. The party is nominally independent, but has strong links to the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt, the largest and best-organized political group in Egypt.  The 2011/12 Egyptian Parliamentary election resulted in the FJP winning 47.2 per cent of all seats in the country''s lower house of parliament.  The FJP ran Mohamed Morsi as a presidential candidate after the Muslim Brotherhood''s candidate Khairat al-Shater was disqualified.

The party was officially founded on April 30, 2011.  The Muslim Brotherhood’s legislative body appointed Mohamed Morsi as president of the Freedom and Justice Party, Essam el-Erian s vice president, and Saad El-Katatny as secretary general.  The three are former members of the Muslim Brotherhood "Guidance Office", or Maktab al-Irshad, the highest-level body of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.