Egypt’s “greatest hope” is in its youth: British Ambassador
Ambassador John Casson after receiving the Order of St. Michael and St. George Medal
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CAIRO: Egypt’s greatest hope is that the Egyptian people “decide to make a difference… Aim high, pursue excellence. You can be the kind of person who makes change happen,” wrote U.K. Ambassador to Egypt John Casson on his Facebook wall Saturday.

On Jan. 30, Ambassador Casson was granted the Order of St. Michael and St. George medal for work he did for the Prime Minister over the last 4 years, and he received the medal from Prince Charles in Buckingham Palace.

Prince Charles spoke with the Ambassador Casson about his time in Egypt and the progress he is making in learning Arabic, and both agreed on the importance of helping Egypt succeed.image

Casson said in a personal note on Facebook about his trip to London to receive this award, “I was on my best diplomatic behavior. Wearing my smartest suit, I set off for Buckingham Palace…It was a very British day, with royal grandeur, family informality and freezing weather.”

The British Minister for the Middle East and North Africa announced last month the launch of his country’s largest trade mission to Egypt in over 10 years, ahead of the Egypt Economic Development Conference scheduled in Sharm el-Sheikh for March, and expressed optimism for the coming summit.

“The lesson I took home from the Palace wasn’t about Queens or Princes. It was that everyone – young or old, diplomats or taxi drivers, parents or politicians – can make a difference to the people and the situation around them,” he wrote.

He gave a message to Egyptians saying “So, if you want to find hope in Egypt today, look in the mirror. Don’t leave it to politicians or ambassadors. Egypt’s greatest asset is its resilient, argumentative and decent citizens. Especially 45 million people under 25.”

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