British Prime Minister David Cameron says his country is working closely with Egypt to restore flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh, in the wake of last week's Russian plane crash. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday Britain and Egypt were working closely on last week's Russian plane crash in Sharm el‐Sheikh which killed all 224 onboard. At a joint news conference with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, both leaders were keen to downplay any strains caused by Britain's move to suspend flights to the tourist destination after the Russian plane crashed. "We are working intensively together in the spirit of close cooperation and I'm immensely grateful for all the efforts the Egyptian authorities have made so far," Cameron told reporters. Sisi, who had a working lunch with Cameron during a visit to Britain, said Cairo had been asked 10 months ago to check security at the airport. The news conference came just hours after Cameron told reporters that it "looks increasingly likely" that the Russian jet had been "brought down by a terrorist bomb." And he said British flights to the popular resort would not resume until Egyptian took steps to tighten security. Sisi said Egypt is prepared to do whatever is needed to make visitors feel that travel to Sharm is safe. "We say it one more time: we are prepared to cooperate further with any procedures that reassure all our friends that the security measures in place at Sharm el-Sheikh airport are enough and that the airport is safe to a good standard," he said.