Transport Minister Galal al-Saeed has said that the passenger and cargo traffic between Egypt and Saudi Arabia has not been affected by the uproar over Ahmed al-Gizawy, an Egyptian lawyer who is detained in Saudi Arabia.
“Transport rates across the Red Sea ports are normal and commensurate with this time of year,” Saeed said.
The minister added that five ships have sailed to Saudi Arabia from the port of Safaga, carrying 3,500 passengers and 100 tons of cargo, while three ships carrying 20,000 tons of butane gas arrived in Suez, and another five ships carrying 3,000 passengers and 70 tons of cargo arrived in Safaga.
Also, the Egyptian ship Dignity sailed from Suez on Monday, carrying 25 trucks and heading to the Saudi port of Daba.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm