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Iran lifts visa requirements for Egyptian tourists

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has signed a draft law that sees the lifting of visa requirements for Egyptian tourists visiting the Islamic republic, Iran’s semi-official Mehr news reported Sunday.

Canceling visa requirements for Egyptian tourists came a day after flights between Tehran and Cairo resumed since a 34-year hiatus

However, Director of the Department of International Relations and Strategic Planning in the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, Adel al-Jundi, said there were no links between the first patch of Iranian tourists visiting Egypt and Tehran canceling visa requirements for Egypt.

Egypt makes its decisions after taking into consideration economic, trade, political and security factors, Jundi added.

Meanwhile, Egyptian police heightened security measures to protect 58 Iranian tourists after arriving at Aswan International Airport on Saturday.

Tourism plays a key economic role in Egypt.

Egypt is trying to win back holidaymakers after it was gripped by renewed political crisis.