Iran to consider visa waiver for Egyptians as of next month
Press TV – ( Feb 7, 2013) Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says Iran is considering unilaterally waiving visa requirement for Egypt’s nationals as of next month.
“Iran will unilaterally cancel visa [requirement] for Egyptian citizens, businesspeople and tourists as of the next month,” said Salehi on the sidelines of the 12th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Egyptian capital city, Cairo, on Thursday.
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is also in Cairo to attend the OIC summit, has expressed Iran’s complete readiness to bolster cooperation with Egypt in all sectors.
Iran severed diplomatic ties with Egypt following the Islamic Revolution of 1979 after Egypt signed the Camp David Accord with Israel and offered asylum to former Iranian dictator Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
Morsi visited Iran in August 2012 to attend a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement. It was the first visit by an Egyptian president to Iran in more than three decades.
Relations between Iran and Egypt have seen relative thaw following the election of Morsi, who assumed office on June 30, 2012. However, full diplomatic relations between the two countries have not been restored yet.