Britain's prime minister says intelligence reports prompted London to suspend all flights to Sharm el-Sheikh ahead of his meeting with Egypt's president. Diane Hodges reports.
Last week's airline disaster over Egypt was expected to dominate talks between Egyptian President Abdel el-Sisi and Prime Minister Cameron at Downing Street. Just hours before el-Sisi's arrival, Cameron was explaining that Britain had suspended all flights to the Egyptian resort Sharm el-Sheikh, because it had received intelligence that a bomb probably brought down the Russian jet departing the city last Saturday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON, SAYING: "We cannot be certain that the Russian airliner was brought down by a terrorist bomb. But it looks increasingly likely that that was the case. So I act on the intelligence, I act on the advice of experts and it's the right thing to do to suspend these flights until we can safely bring people home." Cameron says the suspension will last until Egypt tightens security. Meanwhile, thousands of British tourists are now stranded in the resort although Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin says they could be headed home as early as Friday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH TRANSPORT SECRETARY, PATRICK MCLOUGHLIN, SAYING: "No UK bound aircraft will take off before it is safe to do so. We do not expect flights to leave today but we do hope to have flights leaving tomorrow." Egypt says its investigators have found no evidence so far to support the British position and Russian officials say it's too early to draw any conclusions about the cause of the crash.