Call to suspend diplomatic links with Egypt until Halawa set free

Green Party leader urges consideration of cutting official relations with Egypt

Green Party TD Catherine Martin: “I met the Egyptian ambassador but I regret to say I took nothing from that meeting that could give confidence or hope”

Green Party TD Catherine Martin: “I met the Egyptian ambassador but I regret to say I took nothing from that meeting that could give confidence or hope”

Calls have been made for the Government to consider the suspension of diplomatic relations with Egypt and trade restrictions, because of the ongoing detention of Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa, imprisoned in Cairo for more than three years.

The calls came as the Dáil agreed an all-party motion seeking his release following his arrest aged 17 by the Egyptian army in a mosque in Cairo in August 2013 where he had taken refuge after anti-government protests. The motion calls for Egyptian ambassador Soha Gendi to appear before the Oireachtas foreign affairs committee to address repeated delays in his trial. An all-party delegation will be established to visit the Egyptian parliament and to visit Mr Halawa in prison. His trial was adjourned for the 13th time last week.

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