Egypt, Belarus to study launch of direct flights to boost Egyptian tourism



Fri, 19 Jan 2024 - 01:12 GMT


Fri, 19 Jan 2024 - 01:12 GMT

CAIRO – 19 January 2024: Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and his Belarusian counterpart, Sergei Aleinik, have agreed on the study of launching direct flights between Egypt and Belarus during the coming period.

Shoukry and Aleinik held a meeting on Thursday on the sidelines of the 19th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) hosted by Kampala, Uganda.

Studying of launching direct flight service between the two countries will pave the way to reach an agreement allowing Egyptian airlines to operate regular flights between Cairo and Minsk, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Moreover, this agreement could link the Belarusian capital with Egyptian tourist resorts with the aim of receiving more tourists from Belarus who are willing to visit various Egyptian tourist cities during the coming period, the ministry added.

Despite challenges, Egypt has received 14.9 million tourists in 2023, breaking the record of 14.7 million tourists received by the country in 2010, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ahmed Issa has said.

During their meeting, the foreign ministers also discussed ways to enhance cooperation between both countries in fields of mutual interest, including heavy industries, railways, food processing, and agricultural mechanization.

Additionally, they agreed to continue arrangements for holding the next session of the joint supreme committee between the two countries during the first half of this year.

Regarding regional issues, Shoukry highlighted during the meeting the developments in Gaza and the vital role played by Egypt to ensure unimpeded delivery of humanitarian to the strip.

The Egyptian foreign minister also underlined Cairo’s ongoing efforts to achieve ceasefire in Gaza, while persistently warning of the risks posed by this situation on the region’s security and stability. Egypt has also warned against the danger of the possible expansion of the conflict to the regional surrounding, Shoukry added.



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