HC Deb 18 June 1956 vol 554 cc63-4W
78. Captain Waterhouse

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why his Department have officially approved the visit of General Sir Brian Robertson to Egypt for the celebrations following British evacuation.

Lord John Hope

The 18th of June has been officially proclaimed the National Day of Egypt. It marks the fulfilment of the first stage of the Anglo-Egyptian Agreement. Representatives of many foreign countries have accepted invitations. My right hon. and learned Friend considers it appropriate that a distinguished former Commander - in - Chief should accept the Egyptian Prime Minister's invitation on this occasion.