John Casson, the new British Ambassador to Egypt, has released a video message to the Egyptian people, setting out his vision of a secure, prosperous, and democratic future for Egypt. He emphasized that the UK’s priority is to see Egypt succeed:
“A great, successful Egypt is good for the Egyptian people and for the British people as well. As ambassador, I will be working hard with the Egyptian people and the Egyptian government for the Egypt that everyone wants to see. An Egypt that is prosperous, active, safe, secure, and democratic for all; an Egypt that allows British people to succeed as investors and to enjoy as tourists.”
Casson released the video on the official British Embassy Facebook page shortly after presenting his diplomatic credentials to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri. He recalled a previous visit to the country with British Prime Minister David Cameron and explained why this new role in Egypt is so important to him:
“I remember standing in this exact spot with PM David Cameron on his visit here and I remember the aspirations of Egyptians to create jobs, to live with dignity, a safe and stable country, and to have a voice in their future. These aspirations are not only important for Egypt, but for the region, and the entire world. That is why for several years it was my dream job to represent my country as ambassador in Egypt.”
Throughout the video, Casson speaks in fluent Arabic, reflecting his past experience working in the Middle East. Previously he has been Deputy Ambassador in Amman, Jordan, and he has also served as Head of the FCO’s Near East and North Africa Department.
Casson concluded by emphasising that he wants to be an ambassador who listens to what Egyptians themselves have to say. As part of that effort, he has launched a personal Twitter account to maintain direct contact with Egyptians.
“I lived in the Arab world and visited Egypt many times, but nobody knows Egypt like the Egyptians. That is why I’m keen and interested in hearing what you have to say. Tell us about your vision for the future of Egypt and how Britain can be a partner and support Egypt for that future.”
Casson’s most recent previous job was to serve as Prime Minister David Cameron’s Private Secretary on Foreign Affairs, from 2010 to 2014. He was awarded a CMG in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
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