Egypt: Counter-terrorism

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 26th May 2016.

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Photo of Ann Clwyd Ann Clwyd Labour, Cynon Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance the Government has provided to the government of Egypt for counter-terrorism in (a) 2013, (b) 2014, (c) 2015 and (d) 2016 to date; what equipment has been provided to that government for that purpose; and what types of capacity-building activity and training have been provided.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The UK and Egypt have a shared interest in the fight against terrorism, and we are committed to working together in a number of areas to combat the terrorist threat. These include aviation security and the protection of tourist resorts. The UK armed forces have also provided their Egyptian counterparts with counter-IED and close protection training.

During President Sisi's visit to the UK in November 2015, the Foreign Secretary and Foreign Minister Shoukry signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing the Home Office and Egyptian Ministry of Interior to a regular high-level dialogue to increase cooperation across a wide range of areas, including counter-terrorism, illegal migration and organised crime.

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