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Wednesday, 27 February 2019

UK PM Theresa May says flight ban still “under review”

May to Egypt: Don’t hold your breath on direct flights to Sharm. UK Prime Minister Theresa May told President Abdel Fattah El Sisi at the EU-Arab League summit in Sharm that although ties between the two countries remain strong, a ban on direct flights to Sharm El Sheikh is still “under review,” the Sun reports. “We are working together to address the shared challenges of terrorism. On the position of flights, our position is clear. The security of British nationals is our top priority. Of course we understand the importance of the issue for Egypt, and while we haven’t yet concluded that it’s right to lift the restriction on flights, we continue to keep that under review,” May said. While the tabloid appears to be the only newspaper to have picked up the remarks, they are in line with UK policy.

Still, isn’t it almost a relief? The inherent condescension aside (“of course we understand the importance of the issue for Egypt…”), it is almost refreshing that May came out and said it rather than leave us to suffer through another year’s worth of platitudes and vague nonsense from Her Majesty’s diplomatic corps. UK flights to Egyptian resorts have been banned since 2015.

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