Japanese vice FM says his visit may influence travel warning review
Japanese delegation in Luxor - YOUM7
By DALIA FAROUK

CAIRO: The Senior Vice-Minister for Japanese Foreign Affairs Nobuo Kishi said Tuesday his visit would “affect the process of reconsidering the travel warning” to Egypt, adding that Japan would continue supporting the country.

A meeting between Minister Kishi and Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou took place on the sidelines of a high-level Japanese delegation to Luxor to revive tourism.

Following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, Japan issued a travel ban on its citizens, advising against any unnecessary travel. Japan eased the warnings in October for travel to Cairo, Luxor and Abu-Simbel.

Tokyo, however, re-issued in February warnings advising Japanese citizens to avoid travel to Cairo following a number of attacks and bombings in the country and the unstable situation in Egypt.

On Tuesday Zaazou told Kishi that there is a system for security cameras that will be deployed in touristic areas without violating the visitors’ freedom, and that officials will deploy security patrols on roads.

The Japanese Embassy in Cairo stated that Kishi started his visit Saturday and delivered President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi a message from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The message included “Japan hopes to promote the exchange and the cooperative relations between the two countries at various levels in order to deepen strategic partnership, “according to the embassy statement.

Ministry of Tourism released a press statement Monday that the Japanese delegation visited number of historical sites in Luxor including Hatshepsut Temple, Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple and others.

In 2012, 39,008 Japanese visited Egypt, according to The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan .

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