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Cameron hopes to welcome Sisi in Britain, strengthen ties

Thursday 25 Jun 2015
British Prime Minister David Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives for a state banquet on the occasion of the official visit by Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, at Bellevue presidential palace in Berlin, Germany June 24, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)
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President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday afternoon, during which Cameron repeated his hope to welcome Sisi on a visit to his country, Aswat Masriya reported.

The presidential office said in a statement that Britain hoped the visit would strengthen ties between the countries, as well provide an opportunity to discuss regional and international issues.

Presidential spokesman Alaa Youssef said the call also discussed the current Libyan crisis, and ways to find balanced political solutions to it.

Youssef added that El-Sisi affirmed Egypt’s support for the UN mission in Libya, headed by Spanish diplomat Bernardino Leon, adding that Egypt appreciates the importance of anti-terrorism efforts to achieve political stability.

El-Sisi called on Cameron to support the “legitimate” Libyan army, its government, parliament and elected institutions that have a mandate until another “free and fair” election is held.

El-Sisi also stressed the importance of bringing to a halt money and weapon supplies given to “terrorist groups and extremists in Libya.”

El-Sisi received an invitation from Cameron to visit Great Britain on 17 June.

El-Sisi has not visited Great Britain since he was sworn in as president in June 2014, following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.


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