Rus­sia to work with Egypt to boost air­line safety

Khaleej Times - - MIDDLE EAST -

cairo — Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergei Lavrov said on Satur­day that his coun­try was ea­ger to work with Egypt to boost air­line se­cu­rity, three years af­ter a bomb at­tack downed a Rus­sian plane, killing more than 200 hol­i­day­mak­ers.

In a col­umn pub­lished in the Egyp­tian state news­pa­per Al Ahram ahead of a visit by Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah El Sisi to Moscow next week, Lavrov praised what he de­scribed as a “multifaceted part­ner­ship” with Egypt.

“It is im­por­tant to­day to con­tinue joint ef­forts that tar­get sup­port­ing the safety of both coun­tries’ cit­i­zens, in­clud­ing aboard air­planes,” Lavrov said in a com­men­tary.

Rus­sia halted civil­ian air traf­fic to Egypt in Oc­to­ber 2015 af­ter mil­i­tants det­o­nated a bomb on a Rus­sian Metro­jet flight de­part­ing from the tourist re­sort of Sharm El Sheikh, killing all 224 peo­ple on board.

Since then Egypt has al­lowed Rus­sian ex­perts to in­spect its air­port se­cu­rity ar­range­ments sev­eral times and the two coun­tries have signed an agree­ment cov­er­ing civil avi­a­tion se­cu­rity.

Flights be­tween Moscow and Cairo re­sumed in April, but Egypt hopes to se­cure the re­turn of Rus­sian flights to its Red Sea re­sorts.

The bomb­ing and the Rus­sian sus­pen­sion were blows to Egypt’s tourism in­dus­try. —

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