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Cross Party Delegation Meets Egyptian President & Calls For Release of Ibrahim Halawa - Eoin Ó Broin TD

11 January, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin said that the Egyptian President Abdul el Sissi was “left in no doubt” following a meeting today that “the entire membership of the Dáil and the people we represent want Ibrahim Halawa returned home.”

Deputy Ó Broin said;

“During the second day of the cross party delegation to Cairo we met with the EU external action service, members of the Egyptian parliament, senior army generals and the President of Egypt. At every meeting we highlighted our concern for the ongoing imprisonment without trial of Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa.

“The most important engagement was our 50 minute meeting with President Abdul el Sissi. The delegation urged the President to use his powers under Presidential Decree 140 to intervene now to secure the release and return to Ireland of Ibrahim.

“If he was unwilling to do this, we urged him to ensure that Ibrahim would be on the Youth Amnesty list which we understand is currently being compiled.

“President el-Sissi said that while he was not willing to intervene before the trial concluded, at that stage he would ensure Ibrahim’s safe and speedy return to Ireland.

“Ireland has long standing political, economic and cultural ties with egypt. However, the continued imprisonment of Ibrahim Halawa is clearly an obstacle to the future development of these mutually beneficial links.

“At all of our meetings our Egyptian counterparts indicated that they now understood the importance of this issue to us and our electorate. Hopefully the signal that our cross-party delegation has sent to all sections of the Egyptian political system, and in particular to President el-Sissi, would assist in securing the speedy return of Ibrahim to his family and friends in Ireland.”

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