On December 31, 2018 in Sharm al-Sheikh, the Governor of South Sinai, Major General Khalid Fouda, received Ambassador of Tajikistan to Egypt Khusrav Noziri on the occasion of the first direct charter flight from Dushanbe to Sharm al-Sheikh. Assistant Governor Major General Abdel Fattah al-Hilmi, Member of the Egyptian House of Representatives from Sharm al-Sheikh Atiyah Musa and Chairman of the City Council of Sharm al-Sheikh Major General Mahmud al-Suliya also attended the meeting.
As it was reported, on December 29, 2018, the Tajik Air Company “Somon Air” carried out the first direct charter flight from Dushanbe to Sharm al-Sheikh. By this flight the first group of Tajik tourists arrived in the Egyptian resort city from the Tajik capital. It is expected that charter flights on this route will from now on be carried out once a week.
Welcoming the first charter flight from Dushanbe to Sharm al-Sheikh, the Governor of South Sinai expressed his hope for an increase of these flights in the coming period. In the meeting two sides also discussed the establishment of partnership relations between the Khatlon region of Tajikistan and the governorate of South Sinai of Egypt. In this regard, it was proposed to sign in the near future the Protocol on brotherhood and friendship between the two provinces. It is worth mentioning that for the first time the establishment of a partnership between the governorate of South Sinai of Egypt and one of the regions of Tajikistan was proposed by the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon during his official visit to Sharm al-Sheikh in July 2009.
At the end of the meeting, the Governor of South Sinai and the Ambassador of Tajikistan gave a joint interview to the satellite television channel CBC Extra News, in which they noted the importance of developing cooperation in the field of tourism between the two friendly countries. Egyptian media widely covered the news about the first charter flight and the arrival of the first group of Tajik tourists from Dushanbe to Sharm al-Sheikh.