Foreign Secretary announces agreement between Wilton Park and Egyptian MFA

21 September, 2012

During his meeting with President Mursi, the Foreign Secretary stated “as a sign of the importance we attach to cooperating on international affairs, the UK will, through Wilton Park… form a partnership with the Egyptian MFA.”

Speaking from Cairo during his meeting with President Mursi, Prime Minister Qandil and Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel on September 11, the Foreign Secretary stated “as a sign of the importance we attach to cooperating on international affairs, the UK will, through Wilton Park… form a partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The partnership will convene conferences in Egypt on foreign policy issues. The outcome will be a richer and more informed debate on matters of regional and global concern, and will provide a strong Middle Eastern voice on foreign affairs.” This follows a similar announcement last week when the Indonesian MFA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Wilton Park for cooperation in organising regular events associated with the region.

The Foreign Secretary continued: “This visit has served to further broaden and deepen already strong ties existing between our two countries.

“I told President Mursi that Britain will continue to support the political and economic transition in Egypt and I delivered a letter from Prime Minister David Cameron to President Mursi inviting the President to visit London in the near future. We want to build an effective partnership which will strengthen democracy in Egypt, build prosperity and increase security for the people of both our countries.

“Our economic ties are strong. The UK is the largest foreign investor in Egypt, and during this visit I have met with British companies operating here. But we want to do more and I am pleased to announce that our Minister for Trade will lead a large delegation to Egypt covering key sectors, building on the very successful visit by the Prime Minister in 2011.”

“Egypt is an influential international leader, and we are working very closely together on key foreign policy issues such as the appalling situation in Syria. I welcome President Mursi’s strong statement in Tehran on Syria, where he condemned the regime’s actions. I also welcome Egypt and the Arab League’s work with the Syrian political opposition.”

Two recent conferences at Wilton Park addressed issues relating to Egypt and the region – the first looked at the Impact and challenges of the Middle East and North Africa one year on from the Arab transitions. The second addressed the potential for the Maghreb economy looking at how further integration would create a far more propitious climate for investment and trade, contributing, in turn, to the development of human resources, good governance and a vibrant civil society.

A memorandum of understanding formalising cooperation between Wilton Park and the Communist Party School of China was signed by FCO Minister Jeremy Browne earlier this year. We are currently negotiating further long-term agreements with other countries for whom Wilton Park provides key strategic discussions.

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