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25 فبراير 2017 10:58 م
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On 25 February the Right “Boris Johnson“ MP made his first visit to Cairo as the UK’s Foreign Secretary. This follows a series of senior visits to Egypt by the UK Defence Secretary, UK Minister for Security, and the UK Trade Envoy.
During his visit the Foreign Secretary met with President Sisi at the Presidential Palace and his counterpart Foreign Minister Shoukry. They discussed British support for Egypt’s economy including joint work on aviation security; the global campaign against terrorism; and work to resolve conflicts in the region especially in Libya and Syria. The Foreign Secretary set out his vision of human rights and a free society as the basis for stability and economic growth.
The Foreign Secretary said:
“The UK is a longstanding friend of Egypt. I have held positive meetings with President Sisi and Foreign Minister Shoukry. The UK and Egypt have many shared interests, we are Egypt’s top economic partner and strong allies against terrorism and extremist ideas. I look forward to continuing to strengthen the close relationship between our two countries.”
The Foreign Secretary also visited the British Council, where he congratulated winners of the UK-funded ‘Young Ahzary Voices’ competition and watched them debate about education. He later opened a reception, celebrating some of Egypt’s best and brightest entrepreneurs and meeting with British investors. The Foreign Secretary also met with representatives of Human Rights groups.
The Foreign Secretary announced three new packages of UK support to Egypt, focused on the economy, education, and entrepreneurship.
On the economy, the Foreign Secretary and President Sisi finalised a joint declaration agreement on a $150 million loan guarantee to Egypt, delivered through UK’s Department for International Development in partnership with Egypt’s Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation to help Egypt complete its programme of economic reforms.
This forms part of a wider package that also includes $18 million to fund technical expertise to the Government of Egypt, to ensure the most vulnerable in society are protected.
The Right Hon Priti Patel, Secretary of State for International Development said:
“The UK is strengthening our partnership with Egypt by helping implement much needed economic reforms. The UK's backing for this loan will support stability, peace and prosperity across Egypt, which is in our national interest.”
On education, delivered through the British Council:
· A pledge to sign 70 new UK-Egypt university partnerships, to add to the 30 signed in 2016, bringing the total to 100.
· Increase to £50 million of the joint UK-Egypt Newton-Mosharafa Fund that promotes the economic development and social welfare of Egypt through supporting scientific research and innovation.
· Increasing the number of English teachers being trained by British Council in Egypt by 37,000, equalling over 100,000 in total.
To demonstrate the UK’s confidence in both the vibrant start-up scene in Egypt and the number of existing enterprises already tackling social challenges, the Foreign Secretary thirdly announced £1.1 million of funding for 3 years to support new and existing social start-ups in Egypt.