UK embassy suspends visa applications in Cairo, Alexandria
The British Embassy in Cairo announced Wednesday a suspension on new visa applications in Cairo and Alexandria due to the "current security situation."
The embassy said on its website that visa services will resume as soon as staff members finalise the backlog of current applications. Already-submitted applications will be considered "as soon as possible."
Alistair Burt, Britain's Foreign Office minister for the Middle East, issued a press release Saturday expressing his concern about violence that erupted during protests in Cairo marking the second anniversary of the January 25 Revolution. The briefing also included reference to unrest in Port Said.
“I am deeply concerned by reports of violent clashes resulting in a number of deaths and injuries, following demonstrations to mark the second anniversary of the January 25 Revolution and the verdict in the Port Said court case today," the British government's official website quoted Burt as saying.
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Osama El-Baz (1931 – September 14, 2013) was a prominent Egyptian politician and a Senior Advisor to former President Hosni Mubarak since 1981. A graduate from Cairo University, he studied for six years in the United States, where he obtained his master's degree as well as a PhD from Harvard Law School. El-Baz later joigned the Egyptian foreign service, and was made chef de cabinet
1991: -- Nov 1: The Madrid Peace Conference sets out a peace process framework. 1993: -- Sept 13: Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization sign a Declaration of Principles on autonomy after months of secret negotiations in Oslo. 1994: -- May 4: Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat sign autonomy accord in Cairo. 2000: -- July 11-25: US president