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Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister off to Russia to finalize air security protocol

Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sharif Fathi is headed to the Russian capital of Moscow to work on the procedures essential for the resumption of direct flights between Russia and Egypt.

The Ministry’s Spokesman, Bassem Sami, disclosed this to the public.

“On Thursday morning, the minister will fly to Moscow for finalizing procedures to resume air communications between the two states,” he said.

“The visit will last two days, until Saturday. Any further information will be available upon his return.”

It was also reported that the Aviation Minister would be bringing along a delegation in an effort to ink an air security agreement, which would pave the way for the flights between the two states to continue.

Moscow and Cairo have been in talks to continue the flights between their countries since 2015.

Russia ceased all flights to Egypt after a terrorist attack on a jet owned by the Kogalymavia air carrier last October. The Russian A321 passenger jet crashed in Sinai right after takeoff from Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh. The plane had 224 people on board, most of whom were Russian tourists. Nobody survived the tragic crash.

Russia’s Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov recently said that air service between Moscow and Cairo could be resumed in February of next year. He also disclosed that Russia was willing to sign the protocol in the coming days.

According to Sokolov, the date for signing the intergovernmental protocol “depends primarily on the Egyptian party.”

“We will be ready to do this already this week,” the Russian Minister added.

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