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Egypt's Sisi calls Cypriot president to discuss hijacked plane standoff

Ahram Online , Tuesday 29 Mar 2016
Nicos Anastasiades and Sisi
File Photo: Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (L) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi observe a guard of honour at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, April 29, 2015 (Reuters)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi called Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades to discuss the latest developments of the hijacked EgyptAir flight, Egypt's state TV says.

El-Sisi has stressed that Egypt is concerned for the safety and security of all passengers of the hijacked plane, state TV quoted him as saying.

A hijacker early on Tuesday diverted an EgyptAir flight, headed from Alexandria to Cairo, to Larnaca, Cyprus. The airline later said all passengers on board were released except four non-Egyptian passengers and the crew.

Egyptian state TV aired a picture of the hijacker aboard the plane, identifying him as Ibrahem Samaha, without reporting his nationality.



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