Michael Fallon has welcomed Egypt’s Armed Forces Chief of Staff during a visit to London to discuss defence cooperation.
Mr Fallon met today with General Mahmoud Hegazy to review ideas on tackling ISIL and regional issues. The meeting comes after Mr Fallon visited Egypt last month to discuss the nation’s partnership and how best to counter ISIL in Northern Sinai and Libya.
With growing instability in the region it more important than ever that the UK cements the already strong ties with Egypt. The meeting today further reinforced the UK’s commitment to the security of the Middle East and allowed the Defence Secretary to recognise the key role Egypt is playing in countering terrorism.
Michael Fallon said:
The spread of extremism and insecurity in Libya represents a threat to us all, and Egypt is on the front line.
We will work together to defeat the evil terrorism inspired and directed by ISIL and build a more secure future for the region.
The UK enjoys a strong security partnership with Egypt, which includes the delivery of life-saving counter-improvised explosive device and aviation security training to Egyptian Army officers. Security officials are also working closely to co-ordinate efforts on the UN peace process in Libya.