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The Defence Secretary and Chief of the Defence Staff have discussed the British commitment to tackle regional security threats alongside Egypt.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach welcomed his Egyptian counterpart to London to “discuss shared challenges and threats, including that posed by Islamic State”.

Lieutenant General Mahmoud Hegazy was received by a ceremonial guard from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

The release states:

“Discussion included shared security interests in Libya, planned Defence Engagement this year, including preparations for a future joint exercise involving counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) training, and the UK’s commitment to security in the region. Dates for the annual military staff talks were also confirmed, which aim to identify mutual training opportunities and areas where both nations can deepen their military relationship.”

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:

“Stability abroad helps keep the streets of Britain safer and more secure. With a strengthening relationship and as a key partner in defence and military matters, Britain is working with Egypt to combat threats, including from Daesh terrorism in Sinai and Libya.

Deepening our relationship with Egypt helps ensure stability in the Middle East and improves safety and security here in Britain.”

Chief of the Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach said:

“I was pleased to welcome Lt Gen Hegazy to London, and following a positive exchange I have personally reaffirmed our important Defence ties. We will continue to develop this military bond.”

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