Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 31 / Trend U. Ismayilova /
The Azerbaijani Culture and Tourism Ministry has recommended local tourist companies not to organize tourist trips to Egypt in connection with the riots that are occurring in the country, the ministry said.
"The ministry recommends local tourism companies to temporarily suspend trips to Egypt both individually and groups," a statement said.
It was revealed that at present, there are no Azerbaijani tourists in Egypt, head of the Azerbaijani Association of Tourism Nahid Bagirov told Trend. The association conducted a poll among tourism companies.
Roughly 70 Azerbaijani citizens live and study in Egypt.
The plane with Azerbaijani citizens evacuated from Egypt arrived at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport on Monday morning, Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) told Trend.
AZAL aircraft transported roughly 60 Azerbaijani citizens and the body of a deceased employee of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Egypt, Nijat Hojayev, from Cairo. The plane flew from Baku on Sunday afternoon, AZAL told Trend earlier.
The embassy said that the employees of the Azerbaijani embassy in Cairo, their families, citizens studying in Egypt, as well as Azerbaijanis who live and work in this country, are among the evacuated people.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev instructed the relevant bodies to urgently evacuate Azerbaiajni citizens temporarily living and studying in Egypt due to the recent events in the country, official representative of the Azerbaijani foreign ministry Elkhan Polukhov said earlier.
The employee of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Egypt died on Saturday as a result of the riots in this country.
The manifestations with the requirements of conducting economic and political reforms and the resignation of 82-year-old President Hosni Mubarak ruling the country for 30 years were launched in Egypt on Jan. 25. On Friday, mass protests continued in Cairo and other Egyptian cities. Roughly 150 people died; more than 4,000 were injured.