Egypt suspends Iranian tourist trips

Dalia Farouk, Monday 8 Apr 2013

After protests from Salafists resenting the tourism cooperation agreement with Shia-dominated Iran, Egypt announces a brief hiatus to 'think'

Protesters put Syrian opposition flag on the gate of the Charge d' affaires of Iran in Egypt on Friday (Source:AP)

Egypt has decided to suspend all incoming tourism trips from Iran until the second half of June to evaluate the experience so far, Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou tells a press conference.

On 1 April, more than 50 Iranian tourists - the first official group to visit Egypt for tourism from the Islamic republic in decades - arrived in Upper Egypt amid tight security. The visit came as part of a bilateral tourism agreement signed in February.

Zaazou said on Sunday that the suspension period will be used to review and evaluate the travel programmes between the two countries.

The unusual cooperation between Cairo and Shia-dominated Tehran caused outrage among some ultra conservative Sunni groups in Egypt. On Friday, dozens of protesters attempted to storm the residence of the Iranian chargé d'affaires in Cairo, throwing stones and scrawling offensive slogans on the outer wall.

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