• January 17, 2012

In Meeting with FJP Chair, British Ambassador Says UK Willing to Support Egypt’s Economy

In Meeting with FJP Chair, British Ambassador Says UK Willing to Support Egypt’s Economy

Dr. Mohamed Morsi, Chairman for the  Freedom and Justice  Party (FJP), met with James Watt, British Ambassador to Cairo at the party’s headquarters in Manial Al-Roda Monday evening.

Morsi welcomed the ambassador expressing his pleasure at the continued dialogue between the party and the embassy in Cairo. "This discourse endorses the foreign relations between Egypt and other European nations reflecting positively the prospects for political and economic cooperation", he stated.

Morsi reviewed with Watt, the aspects of the current transitional period and the political landscape in the upcoming stage following the completion of the parliamentary elections and the convening of the assembly scheduled for January 23. "It is important all political parties coordinate in order to get through this crucial period and end the transition smoothly", he observed.

Morsi confirmed that there was popular consensus on the main articles in the constitution stressing: "There is agreement among all political stakeholders on sections in the existing Constitution, relating to freedoms and rights of citizenship.  Section five, however, which addresses the powers of the President of the Republic, the political system and the development of the armed forces needs amendment".

Morsi explained that dialogue was underway between elements from the party’s alliance, and other political blocs and parties to establish a majority in parliament which will effectively work in achieving an agenda serving the best interests of Egypt and its citizens including the drafting of a new constitution both worthy and reflective of the people after the revolution. He added: "Dr. Saad Katatni, Secretary General of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), was announced today as FJP’s nominee for the People’s Assembly Chairman position".

For his part, Watts congratulated the FJP on its lead in the parliamentary elections highlighting that the British government was working on sustaining bi-lateral relations through reinforcing Egypt’s economic sector. "Britain looks to back Egypt in its agenda to combat corruption and will contribute to supporting its education and petroleum industries".

Watt also stressed that Britain was eager that all Egyptian political parties cooperate fully in order that political and economic reform be completed during the transitional phase experienced following the revolution.