Speaking on arrival in Egypt, the Foreign Secretary said:
"The last eighteen months in Egypt have been some of the most dramatic in the country’s long history. It is an exciting and challenging time for Egyptians and I am delighted to be here.
“The UK and Egypt have a longstanding and strong relationship and I look forward to working with the new President and his Ministers. We will discuss how the UK can support the political and economic transition in Egypt and further expand our commercial links.
“We will also discuss important foreign policy issues, in particular how the international community can work together to bring an end to the bloodshed in Syria”.
Speaking on arrival in Iraq, the Foreign Secretary said:
“I am delighted to be in Baghdad to reaffirm the UK’s long standing relationship with Iraq, and to build on the commercial co-operation and educational links between our countries. I look forward to meetings with Prime Minister Maliki and Foreign Minister Zebari, in which we will talk about UK support for the political process in Iraq, and discuss how the international community can work together to bring an end to the bloodshed in Syria.“The appalling terrorist attacks earlier this week demonstrate that some in Iraq remain opposed to progress. I extend my deepest condolences to the families of those who were killed. The UK will continue to support the efforts of the Iraqi government and the vast majority of the Iraqi people to advance the political process and ensure that the country continues on its path to stability.”