Boris Johnson to visit Egypt for talks with president

Harriet McCulloch, a deputy director at Reprieve, said: "Boris Johnson is visiting Egypt as thousands of people languish in horrific prison conditions, after they were arrested in connection with protests".

Britain also pledged to boost university partnerships and teacher training, increase funding of economic development and social welfare programs, and increase funding new and existing social startups.

On his first official visit to Egypt since assuming office in July 2016, the foreign secretary, who arrived on Saturday, met with El-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. During nearly 30 years of his rule, Egypt has become one of the top recipients of U.S. military aid.

However, Egyptian officials expressed frustration over Britain's refusal to lift a suspension of flights from the United Kingdom to the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, which was imposed following the bombing of a Russian airliner by Islamic State militants in 2015, killing all 224 people on board.

The Foreign Office says it is concerned about the human rights situation in Egypt - but ministers continue to offer support to President Sisi's government while Ibrahim's ordeal continues.

Presidential official spokesperson Alaa Youssef said Sisi stressed the importance of strategic relations between the two countries - especially on the military level - over several decades of fruitful cooperation to achieve the common interests of both countries, the region and the world.

The visit came as Egypt pushes for a resumption of British flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, which were suspended following a jihadist bombing that killed 224 holidaymakers on board a Russian airliner departing the resort.

In Johnson's first visit as foreign secretary to Egypt, he also discussed boosting trade, with United Kingdom company investments having reached $30 billion in 2016, according to Britain's Foreign Office.

Since January, three British business delegations have arrived in Egypt.

  • Leroy Wright