The new UK Special Envoy for the Red Sea and Horn of Africa, Philip Parham, and the UK Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Bob Fairweather, visited Cairo today for discussions with senior Egyptian officials.
Special Envoys Parham and Fairweather met with Deputy Foreign Minister Ambassador Hamdi Loza, accompanied by British Ambassador to Egypt Gareth Bayley, to discuss the situation in the region, including recent developments in Sudan. All sides agreed that the reinstatement of Abdalla Hamdok as Prime Minister was a welcome step, with the need now to focus on the next steps in the transition process. Special Envoy Fairweather also stressed the necessity of releasing political detainees to restore trust in the transition process.
Parham and Fairweather also met with Arab League Africa Division Director Ambassador Zeid El Sabban, to discuss regional security and stability. Special Envoy Parham welcomed Egypt’s ongoing commitment to ensuring peace and stability, including through its participation in regional UN deployments, and commiserated on the recent loss of an Egyptian peacekeeper serving in Mali. They also discussed the role of the Arab League in working for regional consensus on a number of important issues, and how the UK can support in this endeavour.
Special Envoy Fairweather last visited in March, while Special Envoy Parham has succeeded former Special Envoy Julian Reilly in post.