Iranian President Stresses Expansion of Tourism Ties with Egypt
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a meeting with Egyptian Tourism Minister Hisham Zazou in Tehran underlined Tehran’s eagerness to further develop tourism relations with Cairo.
Expansion of tourism relations between the two countries can meanwhile focus on deepening the two countries’ relations in other fields, Ahmadinejad said during the meeting on Wednesday.
Ahmadinejad pointed out that the relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Egypt is of great significance, arguing, “When the two great, cultural, and civilization-builder nations of Iran and Egypt would be aligned side by side of each other, they would be able to create very great events in favor of everyone, peace, security and brotherhood.”
The president said that tourism field is one of the scenes in which the two counties” relations can be deepened and expanded.
Ahmadinejad added, “Cooperation and shared work between Tehran and Cairo in tourism field is a good beginning point which can serve as a platform for numerous blessings for the two nations.”
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 )