Egyptian ambassador blames UK Prime Minister for blocking return of flights to Sharm El-Sheikh

Published November 20th, 2016 - 08:00 GMT
Egypt's ambassador to the UK suggested that the responsibility for the delay in resumption of flights to Sharm was due to top-level resistance. (File photo)
Egypt's ambassador to the UK suggested that the responsibility for the delay in resumption of flights to Sharm was due to top-level resistance. (File photo)

Egyptian ambassador to the UK Nasser Kamel blamed Prime Minister Theresa May for obstructing the resumption of flights to Sharm El-Sheikh.

Kamel told BBC Radio 4 programme on Friday that Egypt has done its part in upgrading security measures not only in airports but also in resorts of Sharm El-Sheikh.

According to Kamel, Egypt invested millions of dollars in airport security, bringing independent international security experts to assess the situation.

“It’s mind-boggling. Whenever I speak to any officials about the prolonged suspension, they all seem for the resumption. It seems that the delay is stuck somewhere higher.”

When asked why do you think then the flights have not resumed yet, he said, “this is a question you should be asking the the prime minister.”

The UK remains the only country in the EU that still did not resume its flights to the Red Sea resort, following the crash of the Russian Metrojet flight 9268 in October 2015. The crash killed all 224 passengers and crew.

The Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the attack.

While investigations are still ongoing to examine the reason for the crash, Kamel said regardless of the cause, Egypt and the UK had agreed to work jointly on a security action plan.

“If this plan was done within three or four months, the UK resumes its flights.”

 

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