After 2 months, Iranian tourists return to Egypt despite outcry from ultra-conservatives

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An Egyptian security official says a group of Iranian tourists has arrived in Egypt, the first time the Iranians are back after a two months' interruption in the warming-up of ties between the two nations.

After more than three decades, Egypt allowed Iranian tourists to visit in March. But a week later, flights were temporarily suspended following protests from hard-line Islamists who said Shiite Iranians could spread their faith in majority-Sunni Egypt.

Cairo denied the flight suspension and protests were linked.

An Egyptian security official says 132 Iranians arrived in the ancient city of Aswan on Friday amid tight security measures for their protection. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to media.

The Iranians will not be allowed to visit religious sites.