Johnson says that the UK and countries around the world have given a lot, but “the tax payer in tehe developed world can’t do everything and especially not now”. The best way forward, he believes, is programmes like the deal with South Africa which use government support to trigger the private sector to come in.
“The answer to this problem is going to be found in a partnership between activist international community and the private sector.”
They are now discussing the case of the jailed writer Alaa Abd El-Fattah. Johnson says very that he should be let out and he should have consular access. Johnson discussed it with the Egyptian President, and says they have a good relationship. He hopes they can get on with it and release him as quickly as possible.