CAIRO, NOV. 14 -- Kuwait and Morocco today joined the rush of Arab countries restoring diplomatic relations with Egypt, recognizing Cairo's pivotal role and military muscle in the Middle East.

Iraq and the United Arab Emirates have also resumed formal ties since an Arab League summit that ended on Wednesday left individual nations free to decide on relations with Egypt.

The Foreign Ministry in Cairo said it expected more Arab states to follow suit. Ministry sources said the latest moves signaled the beginning of the end of the boycott of Egypt by much of the Arab world over Cairo's 1979 peace treaty with Israel.

All Arab states except Oman, Somalia and Sudan joined the boycott, although Jordan resumed relations in 1984 and Djibouti last year.

Egypt's support for Baghdad in Iraq's seven-year-old war with non-Arab Iran was a major element in revitalizing its image in the Arab world, especially among the Persian Gulf states threatened by a spillover of the conflict. Cairo has provided weaponry to Baghdad and turned a blind eye to Egyptian volunteers in Iraq.

"Our respect for this position, without Cairo pressing for restoration of relations as a price, has increased {Iraq's} esteem," an Iraqi diplomat said.

{In the gulf war, Iran's prime minister, Mir Hossein Mousavi, fueled speculation that Iran was ready to mount an offensive by repeating recent calls for a new national mobilization, The Associated Press reported from Manama, Bahrain.

{Western military analysts and diplomats in Baghdad estimated that Iran has massed about 250,000 men in the southern sector of the 730-mile front east of the battered Iraqi port of Basra in recent weeks, the AP said.

{The official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Mousavi as saying that a national military mobilization will also confront American "mischievous acts" in the gulf.

{The announcement came one day after Iraq's state-run news media claimed that Iraqi warplanes inflicted "devastating raids" on economic targets in Iran. Iraqi warplanes turned to land targets after five days of hammering oil tankers along Iran's coast.}