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The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that Syrians must obtain visa and security clearance before arriving in the country, sending back 276 Syrians who arrived on Tuesday without visas.
In a statement, the Foreign Ministry spokesman linked the decision to the current security situation in the country.
He insisted the new procedures do not undermine the time-honored relations between the two countries or facilities being offered to Syrians already in the country.
In a related development, Cairo International Airport authorities on Tuesday denied access to 276 Syrians, sending 200 of them back to Syria and 76 others to Beirut, a security source told Anadolu Agency.
The airport authorities did the same on Monday with 189 Syrians.
Under new regulations which came into effect as of Monday, Syrians must get a visa and security clearance in advance before being allowed into Egypt.
Under the ousted regime of Mohamed Morsi, Syrians were allowed into the country without any requirements.
He also broke diplomatic ties with the Assad regime and recalled the Egyptian ambassador from Damascus.
But the Egyptian Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday that the two countries were maintaining consular relations.
The Interior Ministry has recently urged Arabs, especially Syrians, Palestinians and Iraqis, to stay away from demonstration centers across the country.
There are some 35,000 Syrian refugees registered with the UN Refugees Agency in Egypt, in addition to 18,000 on waiting lists.Last Mod: 09 Temmuz 2013, 17:50