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Egypt suspends flights from Iran

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 8 April 2013
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April 08, 2013

Egypt says it has suspended commercial flights from Iran, days after the first such flights in 34 years were resumed.

Egyptian Tourism Ministry spokeswoman Rasha Azaizi said on April 8 that "talks were held and there was an agreement to postpone the arrival of [Iranian] visitors to mid-June."

Egypt and Iran severed ties after Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.

But in February, President Mahmud Ahmadinejad became the first Iranian head of state to visit Egypt in more than three decades.

In the latest step toward normalizing relations, a Cairo-bound commercial flight took off from Tehran on March 30 with 50 Iranian tourists aboard.

But hard-line Sunni Islamists demonstrated in Cairo on April 5, throwing stones at the house of Tehran's envoy.

The Islamists say the arrival of Iranian tourists could result in the spread of Shi'ite Islam in Egypt.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters

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