Interim Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim met with Chargé d’Affaires David Satterfield and British Ambassador James Watt on Tuesday.
Ibrahim hosted Satterfield at the ministry, according to a ministry statement, and they discussed “a number of issues of mutual interest and methods of cooperation between the two countries in the field of combating terrorism and organised crime.”
Satterfield “expressed his country’s support for the Egyptian Ministry of Interior in their actions to confront acts of violence and terrorism” read the ministry statement.
Satterfield, who is the former Director General of Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai Peninsula, was appointed as a temporary replacement for the former US Ambassador Anne Patterson at the end of August.
Ibrahim also met with Watt on Tuesday to discuss the security situation in Egypt. The ministry said that Watt was optimistic about the future of Egypt’s security. The ministry statement added that this was due to “the achievements of the Egyptian security services’ success in the war on terrorism.”
The ministry statement also reported that Watt expressed British solidarity with the security services “and the desire to achieve more cooperation in various areas of security work.”
Spokesman for the British embassy said the embassy does not discuss details of a meeting relating to security issues.