The Prime Minister called President el-Sisi of Egypt today to express his condolences over the appalling murder of Egyptian Christians in Libya by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists and to discuss how the UK and Egypt could work together to protect both countries from the threat of terrorism.
The Prime Minister recognised that Egypt, as one of Libya’s neighbours, had a particular interest in protecting itself from violent extremism on its borders and that both countries shared the same objective: a safe and secure Libya. Both agreed that the crisis in Libya must be resolved in the long term through a comprehensive political solution and that Egypt and the UK should work together to support this. The Prime Minister0 emphasised the importance of the UN-led political process in Libya producing a national government to lead the fight against terrorism through strong institutions.
They also discussed how the UK and Egypt could strengthen bilateral efforts to defeat terrorism, recognising that violent Islamist extremists pose a threat to both countries.