by Raymon Kondos
CAIRO (youregypt.com) - The Egyptian government had offered to
help restore the 2,000-year-old historic citadel at the Iranian
city of Bam destroyed in a huge scale earthquake that hit the historic
city last month, AFP reported.
Culture Minister Farouk Hosni was quoted on December 27th as saying
Egyptian archeologists are fully prepared to provide technical
assistance needed to restore the citadel.
The citadel was the oldest mud-brick structure in the world until
the earthquake turned it into ruins.
Meanwhile, the Egyptian government has said it sent 6 planes so
far to Iran to provide assistance for victims of the earthquake
that hit Bam city, 1,000 km southeast of the capital Tehran.
The 6th plane -loaded with 2.5 tons of medicines, tents and blankets-
landed in the Iranian airport at Kerman.
Estimates have put the possible victims of the quake to reach
as high as 50’000, according to Iranian officials.
Iranian-Egyptian relations were severed shortly after the outbreak
of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979. Back then, Egypt sparked
anger of Iranian clerics by its peace agreement with Israel and
hosting of the last shah of Iran, Mohamed
Reza Pahlavi (died 1981),
toppled in the revolution.