British PM and President El Sisi commit to strengthening UK-Egypt relationship

Leaders discussed coronavirus, regional issues and Cop26

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke with the Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah El Sisi, on Tuesday, with the pair reaffirming their commitment to strengthening the UK-Egypt relationship.

Mr Johnson said the recent visit of the Carrier Strike Group’s HMS Diamond to the port of Alexandria was an example of the countries deepening their security and defence partnership.

The leaders also discussed opportunities for greater collaboration in the global fight against Covid-19, including on vaccines.

Mr Johnson welcomed Egypt’s role in brokering a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, and he and Mr El Sisi discussed the importance of further progress on the Middle East peace process.

Both also reaffirmed British and Egyptian support for the interim government in Libya as it works towards democratic elections, and for the removal of all foreign forces from the country.

Mr Johnson concluded the call by saying that he was looking forward to welcoming Mr El Sisi to the UN climate summit, Cop26, in Glasgow in November.

He also encouraged Egypt to commit to a target of net zero emissions by 2050 before the summit.

Updated: July 20th 2021, 7:56 PM