CAIRO: The Italian government decided to lift the travel ban to Sharm El-Sheikh during the coming hours, according to a Ministry of Tourism statement.
The statement said that the Italian ambassador to Cairo made a phone call to Hisham Zazou, the Egyptian Minister of Tourism, to inform him of his country’s decision. That comes in light of the latest efforts made by the minister to intensify connections with all European countries to ease travel to Sharm el-Sheikh resorts.
Zaazou stressed during the phone call on the deep relations between the Egyptian and the Italian governments, and the government’s keenness on activating those bilateral relations, especially in the field of tourism. The statement added that Italy tops the list of the most important countries exporting tourism to Egypt. Italy lifting its travel warnings to Sharm El Sheikh will have a great impact which would encourage other European states to follow it and lift their travel warnings as well, the statement read.
Earlier the same day, Germany decided it will soon lift its travel alert to Sharm el-Sheikh according to a tourism ministry statement.
Italy, along with 15 European countries, had issued travel warnings to their citizens for the Sinai Peninsula following the bombing of a tourist bus in Taba last February which resulted in the killing of three.
Additional reporting by Mervat Rashad.