Iran, Egypt ink first agreement since Mubarak’s ouster

April 23, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN - Iran and Egypt have signed the first agreement between the two countries since former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down on February 11.

“On Monday, an agreement was signed between a number of Iranian and Egyptian tourism agencies to start bilateral cooperation on the exchange of tourists,” Iran-Egypt Council of Merchants Chairman Muhyaddin Al-Gandur told the Fars News Agency in an interview published on its website on Thursday.
According to the agreement, 10,000 Iranian nationals will be allowed to visit Egypt every month, while 60,000 Egyptians will be allowed to travel to Iran annually, the Egyptian official added.
“The agreement will be implemented as soon as the two countries exchange ambassadors,” he stated.
However, it is possible that Iran and Egypt will start their cooperation in tourism even before the exchange of ambassadors, Al-Gandur added.
Al-Gandur also thanked the Islamic Republic of Iran for the position it has adopted toward the Egyptian revolution.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi recently made overtures to the Iranian government and called for the normalization of diplomatic ties with Iran, saying Cairo is determined to reestablish relations with Tehran.
Iranian officials have welcomed Egypt’s new approach toward Iran.
The Islamic Republic of Iran cut diplomatic ties with Egypt in 1979 because Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel and offered asylum to former Iranian dictator Mohammad Reza Pahlavi after he was deposed.