CAIRO – Egypt has suspended tourist flights from Iran until June amid an outcry by ultraconservative Sunni Muslims angered over visitors from the mostly Shiite country.
The move comes just over a week after the first flights between the two countries resumed in more than three decades.
Tourist Minister Hesham Zaazoua didn't give a reason for the suspension late on Sunday, according to comments carried by Egypt's state news agency.
About 50 Iranian tourists visited south Egypt last week but drew criticism and protests from Egypt's ultraconservative Sunni Muslims who claim Iran is trying to spread its faith in the Sunni world.
Diplomatic relations were frozen after Egypt signed the 1979 peace treaty with Israel and Iran underwent its Islamic Revolution but ties warmed following the June election of Egypt's Islamist president.