Efforts would be made to enhance tourism cooperation between Tehran and Ankara, said Iran’s cultural heritage, handicrafts and tourism minister.
Speaking in a meeting with Faruk Ali Yildirim, head of Alawite Union Foundation of Turkey, Ezzatollah Zarghami added that plans have been devised to identify the commonalities between Iranian people and Alawites living in various parts of the world, boost religious tourism in Iran and make more investments in the country’s tourist sites.
“We will certainly provide necessary support to create prosperity in the tourism industry and introduce Iran to Turkish people”, he said.
The ministry is determined to remove the obstacles hindering the issuance of permission for investment in Iran’s tourism sector.
Zarghami expressed hope that the ongoing measures would help bring the two sides closer.
Yildirim, for his part, referred to his six-day trip to Iran and his visit the holy shrine of Imam Reza (PBUH), the eighth Imam of Shia Muslims, in Mashhad, adding introducing Iran to the Turkish Alawite people is among the main missions defined for the union.
“We will carry out any promotional activities needed,” he vowed.
He said bilateral cooperation should be expanded in the field of hotel construction, promotion of Iran’s tourist attractions in Turkish-speaking TV channels and holding various celebrations on the occasion of Eid al-Ghadir, which marks the event of Ghadir Khumm, where Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), shortly before his passing in 632 CE, appointed Imam Ali (PBUH), as his successor.