CAIRO, 19th May, 2016 (WAM) — Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, received a telephone call on Thursday morning from his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, Youm7 News has reported.
The presidents agreed to resume coordination and cooperation between the two countries to uncover the circumstances of the Egyptian plane’s disappearance. An EgyptAir plane flying from Paris to Cairo with 56 passengers and 10 crew on board disappeared Thursday morning from radar.
A major search and rescue operation has been launched by Egyptian and Greek authorities to find the remains of the aircraft, with reports of a flash in the sky over the Mediterranean.
Among those on board were a child and two babies, EgyptAir said.
The airline added that the country’s Prime Minister, Sherif Ismail, had arrived at its Cairo Airport crisis centre and received a detailed briefing. The airline said the 56 passengers included 30 Egyptians, 15 French, two Iraqis and one each from Britain, Sudan, Chad, Portugal, Algeria, Canada, Belgium, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
Flight MS804 left Charles de Gaulle Airport at 11.09 p.m. local time (10.09pm BST).
The French government said that President Francois Hollande spoke with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi by telephone, and they agreed to “closely co-operate to establish the circumstances” in which the flight disappeared.
French Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, said that it had offered military assistance to Egypt to help with the search.