Human rights campaigners and a group of British MPs have condemned the prospect of a visit to London by the Egyptian president
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will visit Britain at the start of November, Middle East Eye can reveal.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed on Tuesday evening that Sisi will come to the UK for a visit after receiving an official invitation from the British government. Once here, he is expected to meet with Prime Minister David Cameron.
The FCO would not confirm an exact date for Sisi’s arrival but said that it would take place during the first week of November.
The invitation for bilateral talks was originally extended by Cameron back in June. His team said that the PM would raise "matters of concern" during the visit, although the meeting failed to materialise, possibly due to worries raised by human rights groups, lawyers and activists.
In July, 44 British MPs also signed an early day motion calling on the government not to invite Sisi.
The motion noted “that this House is dismayed that the Prime Minister has extended an official invitation to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to visit the UK".
In an exclusive interview with MEE this week, Mohamed Soltan, an Egyptian-American dual citizen also criticised Cameron for allowing the visit.
“The Egyptian people deserve better. And I hope that you will demand the upholding of these [democratic] values,” he said.
“It would be a shame for the developed world, some of the strongest governments in the world, to remain silent and turn a blind eye to such glaring violations of international laws and conventions.”