Cairo, Moscow overcame negative consequences of Russian plane crash: Egypt MOFA

Ahram Online , Saturday 31 Dec 2016

Egypt's foreign affairs spokesman said there has been a surge in cooperation between Egypt and Russia

File Photo:Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi . (AP)

Egypt and Russia have managed to overcome the negative consequences of the crash of a Russian plane over Sinai in October 2015, Egypt’s foreign affairs ministry spokesman told state news agency MENA.

Spokesman Ahmed Abu-Zeid, in statements published on Saturday, added that the Russian plane crash “overshadowed the relationship of the two countries, yet both sides firmly cooperated in identifying the causes of the catastrophe and in overcoming this tragedy.”

A Russian passenger jet crashed in Sinai in late October 2015, killing all 224 people on board, most of whom were holidaymakers.

Russia halted flights to Egypt since the incident.

The Islamic State militant group claimed it downed the plane with an improvised bomb.

“There is a surge in cooperation between the two countries, which is apparent in regular communications on all levels,” Abu-Zeid stated.

The spokesman also added that Cairo and Moscow are in constant communication to find a solution for the Syrian crisis as well as efforts to combat terrorism.

The spokesman also revealed that both countries’ ministers of foreign affairs and defence are expected to meet in early 2017.

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