During the last two years, Egypt has been fighting terrorism and has succeeded to a great extent in this. Even so, fighting continues against terrorist groups in the north of Sinai. One can imagine how such conflicts drain the financial resources of the country and result in the sad loss of civilian, police and military lives. We Egyptians thank God because we are not suffering the current destruction that is happening in Syria, Libya, and Yemen. If we had not risen up again on the 30th of June 2013, we would be in similar circumstances to these countries.
Egypt is still struggling to improve its economy after the two revolutions of January 2011 and June 2013. The subsequent drop in tourism has hit the Egyptian economy badly.
In this context, the recent news of the crash of a Russian aircraft has come as a shock to all of us. We are deeply saddened for those who have lost their lives and for their families.
But we were further shocked to learn that the British government, instead of supporting Egypt in its fight against terrorism, has decided to withdraw their support from Egypt. I thought that the British government would cooperate more in order to improve airport security, knowing that fighting terrorism is very difficult for governments all over the world.
No country evacuated its tourists from Britain after the 7th of July terrorist attack at London Underground. On the contrary, the international community stood by Britain then.
It is sad to see millions of Egyptian youth losing their jobs in tourism after this decision (which has since lead to a similar decision from Russia). In his supporting letter to me, Archbishop Justin Welby said that Egypt is “unjustly suffering”. My prayer is to see the international community working together in fighting terrorism. Ultimately, this will help in reducing the numbers of refugees from the current crises.