Iran eager to enhance ties with Egypt

Mohammad KhazaeiTEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Economy Minister Mohammad Khazayee said Tehran is ready to promote its relations with Cairo in all economic, scientific, tourism, and health fields.

Speaking in a conference titled “Iran and Egypt, Future Perspective” co-sponsored by the Iranian Foreign Ministry and the Egyptian Al-Ahram Institute in Tehran on Saturday, Khazayee underlined Iran’s economic capacities and called for expansion of economic, cultural and scientific cooperation with Egypt.

“That is the reason why Iran has exported technical and engineering services to various countries and Iranian engineers are currently busy constructing dams and other infrastructure facilities around the globe,” he said.

Khazayee said that Egypt can earn two to three billion dollars each year through its tourism industry from the Iranians.

He further pointed to the Iran’s health tourism capabilities as one of the fields for bilateral cooperation.

The Iranian official expressed the hope that Tehran-Cairo would establish a joint economic commission soon.

Iranian and Egyptian officials have repeatedly voiced their interest in the resumption of the two countries’ diplomatic relations in the last few years.

In June, Iranian and Egyptian officials stressed the need for utilizing each and every capacity and potential to improve their all-out ties.

In a meeting with Head of Egypt’s Interests Section in Iran Khalid al-Saeed Ibrahim Amari, Iranian President’s Chief of Staff Mohammad Nahavandian said the Iranian and Egyptian nations have had historical and cultural ties and enjoy prominent positions in the Muslim world too, and urged relevant officials in both Iran and Egypt to pave the way for promotion of relations.

Amari, for his part, voiced his country’s willingness for consolidating Tehran-Cairo ties.

By Fars News Agency