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Egypt: Prisoners

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Egyptian counterpart on the recent jailing and fining of independent journalists and editors-in-chief in Egypt. (157328)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not discussed this issue with his Egyptian counterpart. Our ambassador in Cairo, however, has raised our concerns with Ministers and officials in the Egyptian Government. There have been positive developments in freedom of expression in Egypt in recent years, but we are concerned by recent events. We will continue to raise this issue with the Egyptian Government when appropriate.