UK stops export of aircraft parts to the Egyptian Forces
Britain halts export of aircraft parts to Egyptian forces
Britain has banned the export of aircraft parts and communication equipment to the Egyptian armed forces and security services amid fears they could be used for internal repression.
By Foreign Staff 10:43PM BST 28 Aug 2013
Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, announced the suspension of 49 export licences on Wednesday “to send a clear signal that we condemn all violence in Egypt”.
The ban applies to future applications and to existing licences for the Egyptian army, air force, internal security forces and ministry of the interior. EU foreign ministers agreed to join Britain in halting such exports at an emergency meeting last week after the violent crackdown on supporters of Mohammed Morsi, the deposed president.
Mr Cable said: “We have already taken action to restrict exports to Egypt. As a result of the developing situation in Egypt, we have agreed with EU partners in this instance to go further and suspend all export licences for goods which might be used for internal repression.”
The suspension would not be lifted until “conditions in Egypt indicate that it is appropriate”, according to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.