Misezhnikov, Iranian tourism minister shake hands

Iranian booth manager at int'l tourism fair in Spain invites Israeli minister to visit Islamic republic; Misezhnikov: Tourism can serve as bridge.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
January 20, 2010 17:46
Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov meets with the I

stas misezhnikov iran 248 . (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.



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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 hand.



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."


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