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Mexico foreign minister arrives in Cairo to address accidental killing of 8 Mexican tourists

  • Secretary of Foreign Relations Claudia Ruiz Massieu, center, arrives to speak to the media after her visit to injured Mexican tourists at the Dar Al Fouad Hospital in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Massieu is in Cairo after Egyptian security forces mistakenly killed at least eight Mexican tourists on a desert safari. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

    Secretary of Foreign Relations Claudia Ruiz Massieu, center, arrives to speak to the media after her visit to injured Mexican tourists at the Dar Al Fouad Hospital in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Massieu is in Cairo after Egyptian security forces mistakenly killed at least eight Mexican tourists on a desert safari. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Relations Claudia Ruiz Massieu speaks to the media after her visit to injured Mexican tourists at the Dar Al Fouad Hospital in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Massieu is in Cairo after Egyptian security forces mistakenly killed at least eight Mexican tourists on a desert safari. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

    Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Relations Claudia Ruiz Massieu speaks to the media after her visit to injured Mexican tourists at the Dar Al Fouad Hospital in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Massieu is in Cairo after Egyptian security forces mistakenly killed at least eight Mexican tourists on a desert safari. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Relations Claudia Ruiz Massieu leaves after briefing journalists injured Mexican tourists at the Dar Al Fouad Hospital in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Massieu is in Cairo after Egyptian security forces mistakenly killed at least eight Mexican tourists on a desert safari. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

    Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Relations Claudia Ruiz Massieu leaves after briefing journalists injured Mexican tourists at the Dar Al Fouad Hospital in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Massieu is in Cairo after Egyptian security forces mistakenly killed at least eight Mexican tourists on a desert safari. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)  (The Associated Press)

Mexico's foreign minister has arrived in Egypt after Egyptian security forces mistakenly killed at least eight Mexican tourists on a desert safari.

Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu touched down in Cairo early Wednesday morning, accompanied by several family members of the victims, according to a statement from the Mexican Foreign Ministry.

Massieu will visit survivors of the incident and also meet with Egyptian officials, "to obtain first-hand information that would clarify the circumstances of this deplorable event," the statement said

Egyptian officials initially claimed the convoy of SUVs had wandered into an off-limits area of Egypt's western desert. But in an open letter to the Mexican people, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said the facts of the case remain "confusing" and promised a thorough and impartial investigation.