Tunisian president calls Sisi, mourns victims of deadly train accident in Egypt

Ahram Online , Monday 19 Apr 2021

Eleven people were killed and 98 injured when four carriages of a train derailed in Qalioubiya

El-Sisi and Saied
Tunisian President Kais Saied (L) meets with Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in Cairo, 9 April (Photo courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency)

Tunisian President Kais Saied called Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to send his condolences for the death of victims in a tragic train accident in Qalioubiya on Sunday, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

Eleven people were killed and 98 injured when four carriages of a train on the Cairo-Mansoura line derailed near Toukh city, the health ministry reported.

Saied prayed for the safety of the Egyptian people, a statement by the presidency read on Sunday.

El-Sisi voiced his appreciation for the Tunisian president’s stances in support of Egypt, reflecting the fraternal and friendly relations between the two countries, the statement added.

The Public Prosecution and Railways Authority are investigating the deadly accident, while President El-Sisi ordered the formation of a committee to disclose the causes of the accident.

Saied visited Egypt earlier in April, where he met with the president, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Al-Azhar’s Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb. This was his first official visit since he took office in 2019. 

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