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The new British ambassador in Cairo: The relationship between our two countries is stronger than ever

Gareth Bailey presented his credentials to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Wednesday, officially beginning his role as Britain's new ambassador to Egypt, according to a statement from the British Embassy in Cairo today.

The last appointment of Ambassador Bailey was to the position of Director of South Asia and Afghanistan at the British Foreign Office in London, and at the same time he held the position of Special Representative of the Prime Minister for Afghanistan and Pakistan, before that he was the Special Representative of the United Kingdom in Syria, however, his first diplomatic position was in Cairo He studied Arabic and then worked as a second secretary at the British Embassy from 1998 to 2002.

Ambassador Bailey said: “Today I had the honor to present my credentials to His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. I began my diplomatic career here 24 years ago. I am pleased to come back to find the relationship between our two countries stronger than ever before. Egypt and the United Kingdom are partners with each other, with the region and the world.” The Egyptians and the British work and succeed together, making our partnership what it is. Partnership has been and always will be the key to our success, and I am now eager to see what more we can achieve by working together on climate, security, education, trade and investment."

He added: "The UK looks forward to welcoming the international community to Glasgow at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference, less than two months away. At the conference, we together bear the primary responsibility to make our world safe for future generations. I am confident that Egypt will be a leading voice at this conference, It will advance the cause of renewable energy, advocate for countries and communities that will face the worst effects of climate change, and play a vital role in helping to agree on an outcome that saves our planet.”