Britain’s Foreign Secretary Liz Truss says she is seeking a meeting with her Egyptian counterpart to secure the release of a jailed activist who has been on a partial hunger strike since April.
Alaa Abdel Fattah was given British citizenship through his British-born mother.
He was a key figure in the 2011 uprising that ousted Egypt’s autocratic president Hosni Mubarak.
Mr Fattah was given a five-year jail sentence last December after being accused of spreading false news.
His family has welcomed Ms Truss’s pledge, saying time to help him is running out.