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Authorities in Egypt have employed the services of an international security consultancy to assure visitor safety to the country.

The move follows the downing of a Russian airline in October operated by budget carrier Metrojet that is understood to have been due to an act of terrorism.

This prompted concern over security at Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh airport where the aircraft took off from and investigators believe a bomb was planted on the plane.

The attack, which saw all 224 people on board die, prompted UK carriers to pull their flights.

At the weekend Egpyt announced it had brought in Control Risks, a global consulting firm specialising in political, security and integrity risk.

Minister for Tourism, Hisham Zaazou, said in a statement: “We are committed to make sure that people from around the world have a safe, secure and enjoyable experience when visiting Egypt.

“We are therefore delighted to confirm that a contract has been signed today by the Egyptian government with the world-leading security company Control Risks to enhance our airport security as part of our commitment to a world-class gold standard.

“Control Risks’ teams are already on the ground beginning their work, and building on the huge efforts undertaken by both the Egyptian authorities as well as International government security delegations.

“Ensuring safety and security for everyone travelling within our country, visiting our historic sites or enjoying our resorts is a top priority for the Egyptian government.”