Egypt Independent

UK gives high priority to resumption of flights to Sharm el-Sheikh: British minister



In his visit to Egypt, British Minister of State for Security Ben Wallace said the UK is giving high priority to the resumption of direct flights to Sharm el-Sheikh.

Wallace visited the new Terminal building 2 at Cairo International airport to check the latest security measures on Thursday.

Sources said Wallace praised the security measures imposed in the terminal and the regularity of flights.

He also visited the Giza Pyramids area and examined the preventive security measures.

Wallace met with Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar and Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fatehy, according to a statement by the British Embassy.

The statement added that he praised both ministers for the endeavors to secure aviation services in Egypt.

Wallace, whose visit coincided with a terrorist attack in the New Valley governorate, condemned the terrorist attacks in Egypt and reiterated the UK's support to Egypt in its fight against terrorism.

Wallace discussed with Egyptian officials efforts to strengthen relations between the two countries through British expertise in the field of tourism security, crisis management and counter-IED expertise. Wallace predicted Egypt's stability in the long-term.

Civil Aviation Ministry sources said Fatehy discussed with Wallace and the accompanying delegation means of cooperation with the UK in the field of civil aviation security to resume flights to Sharm el-Sheikh.

The Civil Aviation Authority signed on Wednesday a memorandum of understanding with the Nuclear and Radiological Supervisory Board on cooperation between the two sides in supporting the nuclear security system, especially at airports.

The MoU provides training by the Nuclear and Radiological Supervisory Board to civil aviation sector workers.
 
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm