Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman meets Halawa family in advance of Cairo visit

August 17th, 2015 - Pat Breen

The Chairman of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen TD has this afternoon met with members of the family of Ibrahim Halawa in Leinster House in advance of his visit to Egypt, which commences tomorrow. Last month, Deputy Breen accepted an invitation from the Egyptian authorities, which followed a formal Committee request to visit Cairo.

Speaking on behalf of the Committee, Deputy Breen says the meeting with the Halawas and their representatives was an important listening exercise, which will inform the official visit to Cairo. “Today (17 August) marks the two year anniversary of Ibrahim’s imprisonment in Cairo and the Committee has considered the case on an ongoing basis over the course of his detainment. All Committee Members are united in our grave concern for the well-being of Ibrahim Halawa. This afternoon’s meeting with Ibrahim’s sisters was a valuable opportunity to hear the family’s concerns for Ibrahim’s health and well-being. The discussions will inform my visit – on behalf of the Joint Committee – during which I intend to meet Ibrahim in prison.”

Chairman Breen departs Dublin for Cairo tomorrow (Tuesday 18 August) for a two day visit which includes high level meetings with senior political figures in Cairo, including Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.