Boris Johnson visits Egypt to ‘deepen’ ties

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has made his first visit to Egypt to “deepen the strength” of mutual ties, amid calls by human rights groups to shed light on the human rights situation in the Middle Eastern country.

In his meeting with Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry on Saturday, Johnson discussed trade and finalized a $150 million loan guarantee agreement to Cairo.

The British loan is part of a $6 billion third-party funding Egypt needs to secure a three-year, $12 billion loan by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

London had announced its support for the loan in November, arguing it was vital “to help the Egyptian economy realize its immense potential.”

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (L) meets with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, in the capital Cairo, February 25, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Ahead of his trip, Johnson called the UK “Egypt’s top economic partner” and…

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