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Egypt's tourism minister confirms high-level talks to 'solve crisis with Russia'

Russia's aviation agency halted EgyptAir flights from Cairo to Moscow

Ahram Online , Friday 13 Nov 2015
Hisham Zaazou
Egypt's tourism minister Hisham Zaazou said high-level communication with Russian authorities is underway regarding the decision to halt EgyptAir flights. (Photo: AP)
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Tourism minister Hisham Zaazou revealed on Friday evening that Egypt and Russia are communicating to solve the "crisis" following the halting of EgyptAir flights to Moscow.

Zaazou told Ahram Arabic news website that the tourism, aviation and foreign ministries are communicating with the Russian side to solve the crisis.

After Russia's aviation agency Rosaviatsiya decided to halt EgyptAir flights from Cairo to Moscow, Egypt's aviation minister issued a statement saying Egypt was not officially notified by Russian authorities and that Egypt is communicating on a high-level with Russia to understand the reasons behind the decision to halt flights. 

The tourism minister expressed his surprise at the decision to halt EgyptAir flights to Moscow, describing it as "strange" timing.

Zaazou told Ahram Arabic news website that some of EgyptAir's passengers are tourists, while the rest work between Russia and Egypt.

EgyptAir cancelled its flight from Cairo to Moscow early on Saturday.

Zaazou said Russian-Egyptian relations are strong, as Moscow has been receiving EgyptAir flights for over 50 years.

He added that there is constant communication with the officials at the Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation and with trip coordinators.

According to Egypt's State Information Service, 97 Russian companies work in tourism in Egypt, with investments of $56.5 million, which is around half of the size of Russian investments in Egypt.

More than three million Russian tourists visited Egypt in 2014.

Zaazou said the ministry prepared a tourism campaign to promote Egyptian tourism in Russia, which will be launched following the removal of the freeze on flights by Russia.

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David Arthur Ryder.
17-01-2016 04:58am
Egypts open tourism wound.
Actions speak louder than words, or so the saying goes.Egypt tries its best to heal this wound, yet they are now ordering those expats that have supported the country financially when others [tourists] would not to ether leave the country for good or for 48 hours. No explanation is given and in one case an expat was told she had to leave Egypt for good, but a payment of 5,000Le ''would make her problem go away.' All expats now have to undergo an interview with the secrete police, they are left in a worrying 'limbo' for weeks before they get their decision of visa or no visa. Yesterday I became one of those people, told to leave the country that I love for 48 hours. No real reason, no explanation, they even charged me the cost of the six month visa but gave me seven days to leave. Over ten years I have placed over 1.5Le mill into the local economy, lived a quiet respectful life. There are social media sites now buzzing with this injustice, some advising not to visit Egypt as a tourist.
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13-11-2015 10:27pm
its called cutting the risk,dummy
no tourists can go in a non-friendly envirorment means,no casualties no possible terrorists can board or load tourists flights to russia,again,cutting the risks as russia is now fighting in syria,thats more important than zazoos hopes
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