Egyptian Minister Hopes for Improvement of Tourism Ties with Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Egyptian Tourism Minister Hisham Zazouz expressed the hope that tourism relations between Tehran and Cairo will further expand, and added that the Egyptian people are interested in Iran’s civilization.
Zazouz made the remarks in a meeting with Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Mohammad Sharif Malekzadeh during which the two sides signed a deal in Tehran on Wednesday to promote tourism cooperation.
Based on the contract the two sides agreed to send tourists to the other country through private sector.
Zazouz expressed the hope that the deal would pave the way for further cooperation between the two countries.
He said that Egypt enjoys abundant tourism attractions, given its age-old civilization which goes back to 5,000 years ago.
He added that introducing Iranian civilization can be interesting for the Egyptian people.
Zazouz also said that in addition to archeological sites, Egypt’s coasts can be attractive to tourists.
After the collapse of Hosni Mubarak’s regime, the Iranian and Egyptian officials voiced their interest in the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries and Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi officially invited the then Egyptian counterpart Nabil Al-Arabi to pay a visit to Tehran.
Later, the Iranian foreign minister and his former Egyptian counterpart also held a meeting in Bali, Indonesia.
Also, during the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran late August, President Ahmadinejad and his Egyptian counterpart Mohammad Mursi conferred on ways to promote the bilateral relations between Tehran and Cairo, and stressed the need for continued consultations in this regard.
In a latest development earlier this month, Ahmadinejad met with Mursi, and reiterated Tehran’s preparedness to resume ties with Cairo.
The two presidents explored avenues for the further expansion of mutual cooperation between their countries.
President Ahmadinejad pointed to the ancient histories and civilizations of Iran and Egypt, and said that the two countries play crucial roles in regional politics.
“The relations of the two nations have always moved on a positive trend and we should now utilize all potentials to enhance the level of these relations,” he said.
Ahmadinejad noted that the Islamic Republic is ready to resume and broaden its relations with Egypt in all fields. President Mursi, for his part, stressed Tehran and Cairo’s key role and influence in the region and the world, and said, “Today, cooperation between Iran and Egypt is necessary in all fields.”
( Fonte: http://www.english.farsnews.com )