UK to continue provide training support for Egyptian Armed Forces

21 September 2016 (Last Updated September 21st, 2016 18:30)

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said that British troops will continue to train the Egyptian Armed Forces (EAF) in counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) and close protection.

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said that British troops will continue to train the Egyptian Armed Forces (EAF) in counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) and close protection.

The UK has already trained more than 80 EAF personnel since 2015.

Under the latest commitment, the UK will extend training support to hundreds of EAF soldiers.

Fallon said: “Our vital training has helped Egyptian Armed Forces to defuse dangerous devices as they tackle the threat from our common enemy - terrorism.

“We are now going to step up co-operation with our Egyptian allies to help them increase training capacity in their Armed Forces.”

"We are now going to step up co-operation with our Egyptian allies to help them increase training capacity in their Armed Forces."

The UK and Egypt have already completed initial train-the-trainer work, and are committed to enabling the EAF to replicate the training in Egypt, the UK Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

Both countries will continue to work together to counter terrorism and achieve security and stability in the region.

The UK has also supported the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), a non-UN multinational peacekeeping organisation based in Egypt.

Earlier this year, almost 100 troops from the corps of Royal Engineers were deployed to provide short-term engineering support to the MFO.

UK personnel have also worked to upgrade infrastructure at the MFO main operating base in Sinai.


Image: Defence Secretary Michael Fallon visited Egypt this week. Photo: courtesy of British Embassy in Cairo.