President of Egypt sends hopeful message to the world as traffic resumes through Suez Canal

President of Egypt sends hopeful message to the world as traffic resumes through Suez Canal

In this photo released by Suez Canal Authority, the Ever Given, a Panama-flagged cargo ship is accompanied by Suez Canal tugboats as it moves in the Suez Canal, Egypt, Monday, March 29, 2021. Salvage teams on Monday set free a colossal container ship that has halted global trade through the Suez Canal, bringing an end to a crisis that for nearly a week had clogged one of the world’s most vital maritime arteries. (Suez Canal Authority via AP)

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UPDATED 10:16 AM PT – Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The president of Egypt assured the world that everything is back to normal at the Suez Canal. In a news conference Tuesday, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said the traffic of delayed ships will hopefully be cleared in three days, although experts have said it could take much longer to resolve.

His remarks came after the massive container ship called the Ever Given ran aground in the major waterway, resulting in the global trade disruption for nearly a week. He added, the Egyptian government is working on connecting the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.

“What I want to say is that we (want to) connect the Mediterranean with the Red Sea through a network of ports and monorail, (which is) a very modern and advanced railway network,” said President al-Sisi.

Meanwhile, around 400 ships are reportedly estimated to have been stuck behind the Ever Given and may take weeks to be cleared. This comes as global insurers said they are expecting to see a “large loss” after the massive cargo ship blocked the vessels.

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