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UK arms deals gave Egypt the legitimacy it needed to kill Morsi

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In 2018 a cross-party group of British MPs asked the Egyptian government for access to Mohamed Morsi amid fears that the former President’s death was imminent.

The answer that came back was a firm “no.” Authorities insisted he was receiving adequate treatment, though no evidence was given to quell growing anxiety he was being denied access to urgent medical care.

The problem was not issuing the visas or granting the permission the MPs needed to enter the jail. For several years Egyptian authorities have waved aside bureaucracy to welcome the UK’s politicians to Cairo where they have signed off on ludicrous trade deals on anything from gas exploration to telecommunications.

Two years after Morsi was overthrown the British government resumed multimillion pound arms sales to Egypt as part of a drive by then Prime Minister David Cameron to boost financial ties with the country. Egypt has emerged with little profit on contracts with BP and Vodafone and expensive weaponry it can’t really afford. But for a regime with a bad reputation it has bought something far more valuable. Legitimacy on the world........

© Middle East Monitor