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Egypt’s Parliamentary Speaker, Ali Abdel Aal

Cairo-Delegation from British House of Commons is scheduled to arrive in Egypt on Monday after receiving an invitation from Egypt’s Speaker of House of Representatives Dr. Ali Abdel Aal.

The two parties are set to discuss boosting bilateral relations in all fields, especially at the parliamentary level.

They will also work on inaugurating the Egyptian-British Parliamentary Friendship Association and on restoring British tourism in Sharm al-Sheikh and Ghardaka in the Red Sea.

Egypt’s airport security came under the spotlight after the suspected bombing of a Russian passenger jet in Sinai in October 2015 killed all 224 people on board.

Following the crash, British and Russian governments banned their airlines from flying to Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh because of concerns about security at the local airport.

In June, British Airways has extended its suspension of flights to Sharm al-Sheikh indefinitely.

Egypt’s attempts to revive the tourism sector were dealt with another blow in May when the Airbus A320 crashed into the Mediterranean, killing all 66 people on board.

Notably, London has sent several security and political delegations to follow up security procedures in Egyptian airports.

For his part, Ambassador Mohamed Orabi, chairman of the parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee, said that the British Parliamentary delegation will meet Dr. Abdel Aal and the Foreign Relations Committee in the House of Representatives in the framework of boosting British-Egyptian relations and cooperation between the two countries.

Egypt hopes that by enhancing its relations with London, it will be able to improve its image on the European level in light of the threat posed by European Parliament to suspend aids to Egypt, following the assassination of the Italian Giulio Regeni in Cairo.