Tuesday، 31 October 2017 12:00 AM
Bilateral Egyptian-British relations are intensively active on the, political, economic, cultural and religious levels, which is reflected in the numerous mutual visits and the permanent contacts between the Foreign Minister and his British counterpart during which issues of mutual interest are addressed.
At present, Egypt and Britain have convergent views on several regional and international issues of common concern. The two countries are strengthening the mechanisms of consultation and coordination in tackling many of the region crises, on top of which are the occupied Palestinian lands, the future of the peace process, the Libyan and Syrian crises , the situation in both Yemen and Iraq and efforts to combat terrorism and counter extremist ideology.
UK stance of January 25, 2011 - June 30, 2013 revolutions:
When the revolution of the 25 January 2011 broke out, Britain was one of the first countries to declare its support for the Egyptians strive and demands for change.
With the advent of the June 30 Revolution and despite the British misunderstanding of the details of the events in Egypt and its reservation on the political changes that took place in Egypt after June 30 and July 3, the Egyptian-British relations were not affected.
All British officials stressed the importance of maintaining relations between the two countries as facts got clearer gradually, especially after the war against terrorism in the Middle East has been clarified.
The British Ministry of Foreign Affairs admitted that Egypt's restoration of democracy is a historic moment that makes it a model example for all countries in the region
Both countries believe that dialogue should survive in order to eliminate any kind of misunderstanding. What affected the British attitude towards the events that took place in Egypt was the extremism stirred in Britain especially after the emergence of British people who were recruited as Daesh members, and outcomes reached by the British investigation committee concerning the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB)in Britain.
These events rendered Britain more aware of the truth and validity of the Egyptian stance, especially after President al-Sisi voiced out the call to renew the religious preaching, which was followed by serious British efforts and legislation to combat extremism in Britain.
Therefore, the British government issued statements saying that after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has become an important partner in the fight against terrorism, there is but one main objective to work on and that is to deepen relations and cooperation between the two countries .
Britain's history witnessed a long series of common interests, and Britain stressed that it will always back Egypt all along its endeavours to revive her prestige as a pioneering country in the region.
British officials said that British Prime Minister David Cameron's invitation to President al-Sisi to visit Britain unequivocally affirms that the world has gone so far beyond the Brotherhood's rule and its repercussions and is dealing with Egypt now as an important and effective partner.
Egypt's Friends in British Parliament
The group of Egypt's Friends in the British Parliament was launched in 2014 , as one of the means adopted by the British parliament members who were elected by the House of Commons and appointed in the House of Lords to form the so-called Parliamentary Bloc, to give heed to certain countries .The problems related to those countries are thus placed for discussion in parliament and affecting the British policies.