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Sarah meets Mohammed Nosseir, Egyptian politician and activist

September 29, 2011 3:50 PM

At the recent Liberal Democrat conference Sarah met Mohammed Nosseir (pictured), of the Egyptian Democratic Front Party, a sister party of the LibDems in Liberal International. Both he and Sarah spoke in the debate on the 'Arab Awakening' after which a motion was passed welcoming the Arab Spring and pledging party support for the popular movement towards democracy in the Middle East and North Africa.

Mohammed Nosseir is Chair of the International Relations Secretariat and member of the Political Bureau of the Democratic Front Party, which was established in 2007 to promote liberal democracy in Egypt. In this role he is working to establish relationships with international liberal organisations and parties and advance liberalism, political participation, and globalisation in Egypt.

The European Parliamentary group to which Sarah belongs, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe (ALDE), are actively supporting developments across the region. The group have opened an office in Cairo and have frequently called for tougher EU sanctions and a ban on arms exports from Syria, Bahrain and Yemen where democratic activists are being oppressed. Back in March the group extended the first European invitations to the Libyan National Transitional Council when it invited two of the main figures to Strasbourg to hear what support was needed for the rebel forces. ALDE is pressing for an EU action plan to offer real financial, trade and other practical support to North Africa to bolster and support those emerging democracies.