CAIRO: The new British ambassador to Egypt John Casson arrived Saturday and was welcomed by Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry, the British embassy announced.
Casson recorded a video message in which he expressed himself fluent Arabic, saying that the UK’s priority is to see Egypt succeed, and called on all Egyptian’s to communicate with him and give their suggestions for a democratic, successful country.
“Nobody knows Egypt like the Egyptians. That is why I’m keen and interested in hearing what you have to say. Tell us about your vision for the future of Egypt and how Britain can be a partner and support Egypt for that future,” he said in the video.
“A great, successful Egypt is good for the Egyptian people and for the British people as well. As ambassador, I will be working hard with the Egyptian people and the Egyptian government for the Egypt that everyone wants to see. A country that is prosperous, active, safe, secure, and democratic for all,” he added.
He added that he has worked in the Middle East for a while as the Deputy Ambassador in Amman, Jordan, and the Head of the FCO’s Near East and North Africa Department, but serving as the ambassador to Egypt was his “dream job.”
Casson served as the Prime Minister David Cameron’s Private Secretary on Foreign Affairs,2010 to 2014, as he was awarded a CMG in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honors List.
Previous British ambassador to Egypt James Watt was posted to Egypt in 2011; he wrote on his blog last July saying “It is never the right time to say goodbye. But that is what I have to do as I end my three years as British Ambassador to Egypt.”