World Bulletin / News Desk
Egyptian Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou on Monday stressed that a number of tourism cooperation deals signed recently between Egypt and Turkey would remain intact despite ongoing political tensions between Cairo and Ankara.
"Political issues will not impact [Egypt's] economic relations with Turkey," Zaazou said on the sidelines of an economic conference in Cairo on Monday.
Flights between Istanbul and the Egyptian cities of Alexandria and Hurghada remain operational, he added, while plans are underway to launch flights linking Istanbul to the Upper Egyptian cities of Luxor and Aswan.
Egypt-Turkey relations have been tense since the July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi by Egypt's military establishment – a move Ankara has described as "military coup."