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Egypt’s tourism minister urges immediate cancellation of Britain’s flight suspension to Sharm El-Sheikh

Up to 20,000 British tourists are awaiting flights home following the UK’s precautionary decision to suspend all flights by UK-based airlines over Egypt’s Sinai

Ahram Online , Thursday 5 Nov 2015
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Egypt’s Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou told state news agency MENA on Thursday that he was “surprised” at Britain’s decision to suspend all its flights to the red sea resort city Sharm El-Sheikh.

Zaazou urged an “immediate reconsideration” of this decision that British officials took for “unjustified” reasons.  

The Egyptian tourism minister also illustrated that consultation between the British and the Egyptian sides almost always takes place on critical issues, though the British government took this decision unilaterally.  

The UK has not issued any travel bans on Egypt since 2011 although many other countries have advised their citizens not to travel to Egypt, Zaazou told MENA by phone from London.

The Egyptian tourism minister said that he would be conducting a number of meetings with British officials to convince them to overturn the flight suspensions.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has several times urged all parties not to jump to conclusions and that the investigations will reveal the truth behind the crash. He has also stressed that the results of the incident will be issued with transparency.

"We don't have anything to hide," El-Sisi said during his visit in the UK.

Up to 20,000 British tourists are awaiting flights home following the UK’s precautionary decision to suspend all flights by UK-based airlines over Egypt’s Sinai after fears that an explosive device was the likely cause of last weekend's crash of a Russian airliner over the peninsula.  

 

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neil
06-11-2015 05:34pm
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enough, save Egypt
Egypt 'diplomacy' is destroying the country. Egypt must threaten Ethiopia with war, if it doesn't stop construction on the 6V dam (vs. the original 2V one), stop 'talking' as they use endless, fruitless 'talks' to make the 'death-to-Egypt' dam a fait accompli. Egypt must stop hiding the true culprits of the airplane bomb. If they don't, the official public version will be 'terrorists', and tourism in Egypt will be dead. Enough with Saudi wahabist heresy bribes, enough of officially supporting the Yemen genocide, break diplomatic relation with Saudi, just as was done with Qatar, and expose their guilt for the bombing, and bring back tourists. I know the government are patriots, and supposedly soldiers, time to sacrifice fatal diplomacy.
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