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Russian plane crash: Foreign intelligence not shared with Egypt, says Minister


Cairo   –  Egypt’s Foreign Minister, Mr Sameh Shokri, said on Saturday that foreign intelligence on the cause of the Russian airliner crash over Sinai had not been shared with Egypt.
“The information we have heard about the causes of the crash has not been shared with Egyptian security agencies in detail.
“We understand the worries of some countries. We were expecting that the technical information would be provided to us,” Shokri stated at a joint news conference.
Several U.S. media reports have cited unnamed sources suggesting that a planted bomb might have caused the Russian plane crash.
Shokri said Egypt was not dismissing possible scenarios that led to the crash, but there was no hypothesis yet from specialists, who are analyzing the black boxes.
He said that an investigation was still underway to determine the cause of the crash.
Meanwhile, Shokri said that foreign countries did not heed Egypt’s calls for greater coordination to fight terrorism.
“All the countries should understand the volume of terrorism that Egypt face and that there should be cooperation in that regard,” the minister said.
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Russia on Friday suspended all flights to Egypt as speculation rose over possible terrorist attacks on the Russian plane that crashed over Sinai Peninsula on Oct.31.
The suspension has left some 79,000 Russians currently in Egypt, mainly in the resorts of Hurghada and Sharm al-Sheikh stranded, according to Russia’s state tourism agency Rostourism on Saturday.
Egypt has been facing increasing anti-security attacks, following the army-led removal of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. (Xinhua/NAN)

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