On 24th July 2013 the Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Alastair Redfern, received written answers to questions on Egypt and the Gulf States.
The Senior Minister of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Warsi):We are in contact with all sides in Egypt, and have urged all to resolve their differences through dialogue, and avoid violence. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), was in regular contact with former Foreign Minister Amr, most recently on 8 July to discuss the situation in Egypt. We have requested contact with the new interim government and continue to be in contact with the army and Muslim Brotherhood. It is important that Egypt makes an early return to democratic processes, including free and fair elections, and that those processes are inclusive.
The Lord Bishop of Derby: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of any financial relationship between the Gulf States and salafist movements in the middle east and north Africa.
The Senior Minister of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Warsi): The volatile situation in the Middle East affects both the UK and our partners in the Gulf. We are engaging with regional governments to ensure any aid and assistance is used in an appropriate manner. We recognise that various movements in the Middle East look to the Gulf for funding, but our relationship with the Gulf States is such that if we have concerns in these areas we are able to discuss them.