Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi presided over the opening of an expansion to the Suez Canal in full military regalia.
World leaders attended the ceremony. These included French president Francois Hollande, Greek prime minister and Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras and Britain’s Tory defence secretary Michael Fallon.
The regime’s repression and execution of opposition figures were ignored as Fallon declared Britain’s “solidarity” with Egypt.
“Britain is determined to stand shoulder to shoulder with Egypt” in the fight against terror, he said.