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13:19 | 2013-05-13


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Egyptian Official Calls for Expansion of Tourism Ties with Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Egyptian tourism official underlined the need for the broadening of ties and mutual cooperation between Iran and Egypt in the tourism sector.

"Tehran and Cairo should broaden tourism relations," Tofiq Abdullahi, Head of an Egyptian tourism delegation currently visiting Iran, said here in Tehran on Sunday.

He noted that Iran and Egypt should make their utmost efforts to hold tourism exhibitions in a bid to demonstrate their potentials in the sector.

Tehran is currently hosting Iran-Egypt tourism exhibition in a bid to expand bilateral ties and mutual cooperation.

The three-day event, which is the first of its kind, opened here on Sunday.

Organized by Iran Tour Guides Society, the exhibition aims to foster ties between Iranian and Egyptian tourism activists and owners of travel agencies.

The Iranian and Egyptian tourism activists will become familiar with each other's tourism potentials during the exhibition.

Iran and Egypt signed an agreement in Tehran late February to promote tourism cooperation.

Based on the agreement, the two sides agreed to send tourists to the other country through private sectors.

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, Iranian 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 the latest development, Ahmadinejad met with Mursi in Egypt in January, 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.