Egyptian tweeps engage in online dialogue with British ambassador

The British embassy launched an online dialogue with Egyptians on social media

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The British Embassy in Cairo recently launched an online dialogue with Egyptians on social media on issues that matter to them, a statement from the embassy said.

Using the Twitter hashtag #HewarUKEgypt (the Arabic word for dialogue), British Ambassador to Egypt John Casson will be communicating directly with ordinary Egyptians to address several topics including tourism and terrorism.

The British ambassador released a video (in both English and Arabic) on Twitter and the “UK in Egypt” Facebook page in which he spoke about his vision regarding Egypt’s future.

Toward the end of the video, he invited Egyptians to express their own vision for the country and ways Britain could provide support to Egypt.

Casson tweeted using his account @FCOJohnCasson, saying: “Thanks for your replies to my videos: You raised 4 big issues for @UKinEgypt #HewarUKEgypt”

“Using hashtag #HewarUKEgypt I'll address the four topics you brought up; visas, travel advice, terrorism, and democracy. #UKinEgypt,” he tweeted.

On Tuesday, The British ambassador addressed Egyptians’ interest in UK visas.

“#HewarUKEgypt- Visas. Good news 1st. Egyptians can go to UK for study health business holiday & family reasons. Visas keep doors open,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Visas: More good news. 40k+ Egyptians a year apply for UK visa. 90%+ get an answer in 1st 15 days and 80%+ get accepted. #hewarUKEgypt”.

On Wednesday, he discussed terrorism and democracy.

“Yesterday I addressed visa issues which many of you brought up. Today I will address travel advice. Then terrorism & democracy #HewarUKEgypt,” tweeted @FCOJohnCasson

One Egyptian tweep replied to the ambassador saying: “@FCOJohnCasson #HewarUKEgypt I believe that terrorism and democracy are more important, I think we can counter the terrorism by democracy” wrote @Hassan__kamal.

Casson will continue to address questions raised by Egyptians over the coming three days, the embassy said in a statement.

The discussion can be followed on Twitter on #HewarUKEgypt and by following @FCOJohnCasson

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