Egyptian FM meets British PM

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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UK Prime Minister David Cameron hosted Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at Downing Street on Monday to discuss the threat of international terrorism and the Egyptian economy.

Cameron expressed his condolences to the Egyptian people and government for the deadly attacks in North Sinai, which claimed the lives of 30 soldiers.

Shoukry stressed to Cameron the “international community’s concerted efforts to combat the phenomenon of terrorism”, adding that it is a global issue, according to a Tuesday foreign ministry statement.

Shoukry also emphasised the importance of British participation in next February’s economic conference aimed to “encourage foreign investment in Egypt”. Shoukry added that he desires to “build on the positive climate that prevails in relations between the two countries”.

The meeting came as part of Shoukry’s two day visit to London, where he met with officials including UK Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond, envoy for Libya Jonathan Powell, Minister of State for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood, shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander and leaders of the British business community.

Shoukry’s meeting with Hammond also addressed the issue of international terrorism. Following the meeting, Hammond said: “The UK and Egypt have strong shared interests in defeating terrorism and supporting stability in the region.”

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