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British lawmakers conclude four-day visit to Egypt

The delegation paid a visit to Sharm El-Sheikh in preparation for resuming British flights to the resort town

Ahram Online , Saturday 30 Jul 2016
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A British parliamentary delegation left Cairo Saturday after a four-day visit where they met with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and other top government officials to discuss Egyptian-British cooperation, Egypt's state news agency MENA said.

The UK House of Commons delegation, headed by MP Gerald Howarth, paid a brief visit to the Red Sea resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh on Thursday to pave the way for the resumption of British flights to the city in the coming period.

The British government was among several foreign governments who suspended flights to Sharm El-Sheikh last year after a Russian passenger jet crashed in central Sinai in October 2015, killing all 224people on board. The crash was claimed by the Egyptian affiliate of the Islamic State militant group.

A delegation of British aviation experts visited Cairo International Airport earlier this month for security inspections and are expected to issue a report on security procedures.

Egypt’s struggling tourism industry, a critical source of hard currency, was dealt blow by the ban on flights.

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