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(photo credit: Tourism Ministry)
Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov (Israel
Beiteinu) on Wednesday shook hands with his Iranian counterpart, Hamid
Baghaei, at an international tourism fair held in Madrid.
Among other booths, the minister and the Israeli representatives visited the Jordanian, Egyptian and Moroccan booths.
When Misezhnikov arrived at the Iranian booth, the manager of
the booth greeted him warmly and presented Iran's tourist attractions
to the minister. He went on to invite the Israeli minister to visit the
Islamic republic. Baghaei, who was at the booth, shook Misezhnikov's
Misezhnikov expressed hope that Israelis citizens would soon be
able to visit Iran again, and said that "Israel and Iran are in the
same area and tourism could serve as a bridge between the nations."
The minister went on to stress that before relations
between the countries could change, Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad must stop incitement against the state of Israel and the
Jewish people and "return his country to the family of nations."