British foreign secretary hails Egyptian PM’s participation in coronation of Charles III

Ahram Online , Sunday 7 May 2023

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly expressed his gratitude to Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly for participating in the coronation of King Charles III on Saturday.

Egypt s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly  in a meeting o
Egypt s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly in a meeting on Saturday (Photo courtesy of Egyptian Cabinet)


In a meeting between the two officials, Cleverly also praised the longstanding cooperative relationship between Egypt and Britain.

"The bilateral relations between Egypt and the United Kingdom are longstanding relations that have lasted for many years, and Egypt is an important partner for us," Cleverly stated, according to a statement by the Egyptian cabinet.

Madbouly congratulated Cleverly on King Charles III's coronation and praised the exceptional organization of the ceremony, which reflects the history and heritage of the country, the statement said.

The two sides also discussed the Sudanese issue and emphasized the importance of enhancing international efforts to reach a fast solution to stop the conflict and ensure the safety of Sudanese citizens.

Madbouly also explained Egypt's efforts to accommodate the Sudanese refugees who have sought shelter in Egypt.

That number stood at 52,500 as of Friday, according to figures released by the UNHCR.

Cleverly expressed his gratitude to Egypt for assisting the evacuation of British citizens from Sudan, according to the statement.

Madbouly also addressed Egypt's developmental efforts, including the building of a "civilized" public transportation system consisting of monorail lines, subways, light rail trains and others.

Cleverly praised British-Egyptian cooperation in many projects, including the monorail, stating, "this cooperation serves the future relations between our two countries and benefits both peoples."

Earlier in March, the UK Ambassador to Egypt Gareth Bayley stated that British investments in Egypt had reached $21 billion.

Later in March, the UK Department of Trade and Business reported that the total value of goods and services traded between the UK and Egypt in 2022 was £4.5 billion, which represents a 43 percent increase from 2021 or an additional £1.4 billion.


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