Sunday, 01 September, 2019

Egyptian tourists visit Iran for first time since 1979

For the first time since Islamic revolution in 1979, a group of Egyptian tourists has arrived in Iran to visit the country’s ancient monuments

The Realiran website has been informed that a 24-member tourist group is visiting the ancient cities of Mashhad, Shiraz, Yazd, and Isfahan.

After signing a bilateral tourism agreement in February, the Iranian government cancelled visas requirements for Egyptian tourists in March.

On 1 April, more than 50 Iranian tourists - the first official group to visit Egypt for tourism for decades - arrived in Upper Egypt amid tight security.

The cooperation between Cairo and Tehran caused outrage among ultra-conservative Sunni groups in Egypt. Dozens of dissenters attempted to storm the residence of the Iranian chargé d’affaires in Cairo earlier this month to show their opposition to the move.

Tourism between the two countries has been almost non-existent since all bilateral dealings were cut off following Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.

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