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"Those ruling Turkey have no agenda other than staying in power," Davutoglu said as he announced his new party, which could further erode support for Erdogan after his ruling AKP suffered election setbacks in local elections earlier this year.

A day after applying to establish the breakaway Future Party, Davutoglu said Turkey's judiciary had turned into a mechanism "feared rather than trusted" and that its economy was in "deep crisis".

Davutoglu, 60, announced his resignation from the Islamist-rooted AKP in September, saying the party which has dominated Turkish politics for 17 years was no longer able to solve the country's problems and was stifling internal debate.

"Despite all the pressure and the atmosphere of fear which they have tried to create...we have come together to set out a democratic and prosperous future for our country," he said.

Davutoglu served as prime minister from 2014 to 2016, before falling out with the president and being replaced by another Erdogan loyalist as Turkey moved to a presidential system.

"The presidential system was constructed with the thought of transferring as much power as possible to the executive and increasing influence over the legislative and judiciary," he said.

He said it was essential to fight corruption and guarantee the separation of powers, adding that efforts to control the judiciary must be seen as "the greatest of crimes".

"We defend a democratic parliamentary system," he added, calling for a new constitution.

Davutoglu resigned two months after former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan also left the AKP, citing deep differences. Babacan will announce his own rival political party within weeks, a source close to him said.

Polls show support for the new parties and their leaders in single percentage point figures, meaning they could pose a challenge to Erdogan and the AKP on their own.

However, after defeat in mayoral elections in Ankara and Istanbul this year, and with economic difficulties eroding his voter base, any loss of support could hit efforts to extend Erdogan's rule. Elections are not scheduled until 2023. ]]>
12/13/2019 1:43:43 PM
<![CDATA[Albanian participant: WYF sends message of diversity, union]]>
From the small country of Albania, Sara Zekaj prepares to attend the World Youth Forum set to kick off on Dec.14 in Sharm el-Sheikh, with the feeling borne inside her that both Egypt and her home country share similar values linked to family and relationships.

This will be Zekaj’s first time to visit Egypt. Zekaj described Egypt's culture as the melting point of different cultures driven from many ethnic groups who lived or invaded the country.

Like many attendees, Zekaj applied to attend the forum, and her application was fortunately accepted.

Zekaj expects fruitful participation in the World Youth Forum, where she signals networking as one reason she takes part in an event attended by top representatives, different stakeholders, activists and promising youths.

“Such events always affect a country's image in a positive way. I believe that through this event Egypt will break some prejudices among participants,” she said in her interview with Egypt Today.

Zekaj plans to engage with youth from around the globe in an enriching set-up, which allows her to exchange views and recommend initiatives to decision-makers and influential figures.

While regarding the themes she is interested in, Zekaj highlighted Artificial intelligence (AI) as a main topic that matches her master’s subject, saying that the topic is very important and needs to be discussed from a security perspective.

Environmental issues constitute a vital topic as well for Zekaj, where she is glad it is a top discussion on the forum’s agenda.

“This forum sends a message of diversity and Union, prosperity, harmony, and progress to the entire world, especially in times like this, when the world risks to be divided into East and west, Muslim and Christian. For youth, these (differences) have no importance,” she added.

She explained that the World Youth Forum will play an important role by giving youth the opportunity to lead and participate in genuine, informed discussions on critical and ubiquitous issues like building peace.

Sara Zekaj graduated from Law School at the University of Tirana in 2016, with Msc in Public Law. Shortly after, she joined one of the best law firms in the country. For the last 2 years, she has worked at the Ministry of Interior Affairs in Albania, but she wasn’t satisfied with just having a good job.

Always having a keen interest in politics and security, Zekaj was awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarship from the British Government and she is currently pursuing a master's degree in international relations and security at the University of Westminster.]]>
12/13/2019 1:22:30 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi: Aswan Forum helped provide solutions to African challenges]]>
As the president has concluded the two-day Aswan Forum, which is held for the first time, to open new channels toward achieving peace and sustainable development in the continent, he affirmed that the African states have the required wisdom and political will to overcome their challenges during two days of intensive work.

The president announced that the Aswan Forum would be held annually to discuss all important African issues.

The sessions of the forum has discussed the most important issues of peace, security and sustainable development, Sisi said, adding they managed to provide a precise description and analysis of the challenges facing the African continent and impede the process of reconstruction, development and peace.

One of the most important issues discussed during the forum was the need to prevent the conflicts in the area, preserve peace, build peace, end the course of extremism leading to terrorism, Sisi said. He also highlighted the issues of women empowerment, displacement, and the establishment of state institutions through a comprehensive perspective for the relation between peace and sustainable development.

Sisi has earlier met with many African leaders during the Aswan Forum, including Senegal’s President Macky Sall, Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Comoros Azali Assoumani, and President Idriss Déby of Chad.

Terrorism

Sisi has focused on the issue of facing terrorism in the Sahel region while holding talks with the African presidents. He highlighted Egypt’s war against terrorism including the fight in Sinai as well as along the western borders with Libya, and affirmed the need to reach a “peaceful” political solution to the Libyan crisis.

Sisi also affirmed the need for the African nations to respond collectively against terrorism.

Women empowerment

Attending a session dubbed "To enhance the role of African women to achieve peace, security and development," Sisi has hailed the role played by the Egyptian women, who he said “tasked themselves” to take part in the June 30 revolution in 2013, which ousted former President Mohamed Morsi, also leader of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.


During his speech, he said millions of Egyptian women took to streets during the June 30 revolution to protect the Egyptian identity.

Although the regime at the time came to power through general elections in 2012, the Egyptian women, after a year, found that their way of ruling would ruin the Egyptian state, Sisi said.

He added that over 30 million people took to streets in the June 30 revolution, affirming that he appreciates and respects the role of the Egyptian women among those masses.

On July 24 the same year, Sisi asked Egyptians to show up in the streets to give him the authorization to fight terrorism. Sisi, during the session, said Egyptian women escorted their children that day and filled streets, among 35 million Egyptian citizens to affirm support to Sisi, then defense minister, to confront possible violence.

Sisi also praised the Egyptian women’s performance when assuming an administrative work or a government position, saying that their performance is always excellent and is better than that of some men.

Sisi described women as less corrupt and more efficient when taking high-level posts, then said, “there is not any corruption.”]]>
12/13/2019 11:29:50 AM
<![CDATA[Comoros' president hails Egypt’s role to enhance African joint work]]>
Meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on the sidelines of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development held in Egypt for the first time, Assoumani said that the AfCFTA would contribute to meeting the aspirations of the African peoples toward progress and prosperity, and would help improve investment and two-way trade.

Assoumani has expressed his country’s appreciation for Egypt for its leading role in the African continent, and affirmed keenness to enhance bilateral relations between the two African countries in various fields.

President Sisi, for his part, hailed the historic relations between Egypt and Comoros at the African and Arab levels, as well as the special ties between the peoples of the two states, in light of the large number of students coming from Comoros to study in Egypt.

Sisi stressed willingness to work on boosting trade exchange between Egypt and Comoros.

Sisi has earlier met with many African leaders during the Aswan Forum, including Senegal’s President Macky Sall, Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou, and President Idriss Déby of Chad.

Sisi has focused on the issue of facing terrorism in the Sahel region while holding talks with the African presidents. He highlighted Egypt’s war against terrorism including the fight in Sinai as well as along the western borders with Libya, and affirmed the need to reach a “peaceful” political solution to the Libyan crisis.

Sisi also affirmed the need for the African nations to respond collectively against terrorism.

The Egyptian president opened Wednesday the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa, the first to be held in the Upper Egyptian city of Aswan, the capital of African youth.

A number of African heads of state and government, as well as officials, are taking part in the event meant to open new channels toward achieving peace and sustainable development in the continent.

The two-day forum comes upon an initiative by Sisi after assuming the chairmanship of the African Union.]]>
12/12/2019 2:32:34 PM
<![CDATA[Women took part in 2013 protests to ‘protect Egyptian identity’: Sisi]]>
During his speech at a session dubbed "To enhance the role of African women to achieve peace, security and development," as part of the second day of the Aswan Forum held in Egypt, Sisi said millions of Egyptian women took to streets during the June 30 revolution to protect the Egyptian identity.

Although the regime at the time came to power through general elections in 2012, the Egyptian women, after a year, found that their way of ruling would ruin the Egyptian state, Sisi said.

He added that over 30 million people took to streets in the June 30 revolution, affirming that he appreciates and respects the role of the Egyptian women among those masses.

On July 24 the same year, Sisi asked Egyptians to show up in the streets to give him the authorization to fight terrorism. Sisi, during the session, said Egyptian women escorted their children that day and filled streets, among 35 million Egyptian citizens to affirm support to Sisi, then defense minister, to confront possible violence.

Sisi also praised the Egyptian women’s performance when assuming an administrative work or a government position, saying that their performance is always excellent and is better than that of some men.

Sisi described women as less corrupt and more efficient when taking high-level posts, then said, “there is not any corruption.”

Sisi opened Wednesday the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa, the first to be held in the Upper Egyptian city of Aswan, the capital of African youth.

A number of African heads of state and government, as well as officials, are taking part in the event meant to open new channels toward achieving peace and sustainable development in the continent.

The two-day forum comes upon an initiative by Sisi after assuming the chairmanship of the African Union.
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12/12/2019 12:18:18 PM
<![CDATA[Nigerian financial analyst: WYF shows Egypt is good listener to youths ]]>
This year, Akeyewaleis is preparing to participate in the third edition of the forum set to kick off on Dec.14 in Sharm el-Sheikh.

Akeyewaleis is a financial analyst and the CEO of TechPlan Africa (techplan.africa), a thriving consulting firm that helps African tech startups write professional business plans and financial models.

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Nigerian business strategist Rilwan Akeyewaleis - Photo courtesy of Rilwan Akeyewaleis


“I am attending the WYF as one of the delegates for the African Presidential Leadership Program (APLP), cohort 3. The WYF 2019 is the official opening program for the cohort 3 APLP,” he said in an interview with Egypt Today.

In 2018, Akeyewaleis was a panelist in the workshop titled "The Role of Entrepreneurs and Startups in Global Economic Growth".

“Egypt has an important role to play in the realization of Africa's Agenda 2063. The country is not only beautiful and peaceful; it is also blessed with beautiful and hospitable people. From my discussion with my Egyptian friends, I also discovered that the country is very easy to do business in,” he commented.

Akeyewaleis believe programs like the WYF have shown the rest of Africa, and indeed the entire world that the leadership of Egypt is a good listener to the voice of the young people. “It also convinces foreign investors that the new Africa, under the leadership of President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, is open to, and ready for, investments and partnerships.”

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Nigerian business strategist Rilwan Akeyewaleis - Photo courtesy of Rilwan Akeyewaleis


He explained that, this year, he looks forward to more solution-oriented discussions on issues around economy and trade in Africa, bearing in mind the recent updates in the various economic blocks.

Regarding the themes he is interested in during this edition of the forum, he mentioned Industrial Revolution, Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain, Women Empowerment and Startup Lab.

Akeyewaleis is a former KPMG associate, a World Economic Forum contributor on AfCFTA, and a Tony Elumelu Foundation alumnus.

About TechPlan, he said “we help African tech startups make better informed decisions, based on tailored, well-researched data. Our team of vastly-experienced professionals have helped tech and tech-enabled African startups raise over $5,000,000 in the last year.”

He further added that part of their plan at TechPlan Africa is to open an office in Cairo to work with startups in the Egyptian ecosystem.
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12/12/2019 11:47:55 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Senegal's president talk cooperation to counter extremism]]>
Meeting with Senegalese President Macky Sall on the sidelines of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development held in Egypt for the first time, Sisi affirmed Egypt's readiness to foster bilateral relations with Senegal in various fields, especially trade exchange, investment, developing infrastructure, the provision of technical support, and capacity building, Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said in a statement.

For his part, Sall hailed the continuous progress in the relations between the two African countries,

Sall expressed his appreciation for the Egyptian leadership and people.

During the meeting, the two leaders agreed on enhancing the role of the delegation of Al-Azhar, Egypt's highest religious authority, in Senegal, and granting scholarships to the Senegalese students to study in Egypt. In this regard, Sall hailed the role of Al-Azhar to combat extremist ideology worldwide.

The meeting also discussed the developments of the issues in Africa, especially in light of Egypt's chairmanship of the African Union this year. The two leaders have agreed to continue coordination on these issues, including the situation in West Africa region.

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President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi meets with Senegalese President Macky Sall on the sidelines of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development held in Egypt – Courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency
In April this year, President Sisi visited the Senegalese capital of Dakar, where he also met with Sall. Sisi said that he and Sall held “fruitful and in-depth bilateral discussions” that tackled the ways of developing and enhancing the bilateral relations between the two countries on political, economic and security levels.

Sisi opened Wednesday the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa, the first to be held in the Upper Egyptian city of Aswan, the capital of African youth.

A number of African heads of state and government, as well as officials, are taking part in the event meant to open new channels toward achieving peace and sustainable development in the continent.

The two-day forum comes upon an initiative by Sisi after assuming the chairmanship of the African Union.]]>
12/12/2019 10:34:35 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Nigerien president review security challenges in Sahel region]]>
Meeting on the sidelines of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa held in Egypt for the first time, the two leaders discussed these challenges, which have emerged due to the spread of terrorist organizations and the increase in the number of their members.

During the meeting, President Sisi offered condolences to the Nigerian president after an attack on a military camp in Niger close to the border with Mali, which left around 70 soldiers killed, according to Reuters.

As Islamic State-related militants and Al-Qaeda terrorist organization have been responsible for many attacks in the African country, the attack is believed to be of a terrorist nature.

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Sisi, during his speech at the forum, highlighted Egypt’s war against terrorism including the fight in Sinai as well as along the western borders with Libya, and affirmed the need to reach a “peaceful” political solution to the Libyan crisis.

Sisi affirmed the need for the African nations to respond collectively against terrorism.

Sisi opened Wednesday the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa, the first to be held in the Upper Egyptian city of Aswan, the capital of African youth.

A number of African heads of state and government, as well as officials, are taking part in the event meant to open new channels toward achieving peace and sustainable development in the continent.

Attending the inauguration of the forum were Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and Speaker of the House of Representatives Aly Abdel Aal.

The two-day forum comes upon an initiative by President Sisi immediately after assuming the chairmanship of the African Union.


Additional reporting by MENA]]>
12/11/2019 10:23:46 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt ready to foster ties with Chad, help economy revival: Sisi]]>
On the sidelines of the first edition of Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa, Sisi met with President Idriss Déby, where he expressed Egypt’s willingness to contribute to reviving the Chadian economy through the Egyptian companies operating in the African nations, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.

Sisi also the readiness to receive more Chadian cadres to be involved in the capacity building programs supervised by the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development.

Sisi praised the strong relations between Egypt and Chad in light of Chad’s significant position in the Sahel zone that is directly connected to the Egyptian national security. Sisi affirmed that Déby’s visit represents an important opportunity to foster the bilateral ties.

For his part, Déby expressed his country's mutual aspiration to develop bilateral relations with Egypt at various levels, especially in trade exchange, technical support and joint security and military coordination.

Déby referred to the role of Al-Azhar, Egypt’s highest religious authority, in promoting cultural ties between the two countries through spreading the tolerant teachings of Islam and confronting extremist ideas.

The Chadian president hailed Egypt's role in contributing to achieving economic development and growth for African countries by organizing and hosting many special economic forums for African nations. He added that this would encourage opportunities to attract foreign investment to the continent.

The two leaders, during the meeting, also discussed developments in the region, as well as joint efforts to combat terrorism and extremist ideology.

They both agreed on continuing consultation and joint coordination on regional issues, including the Sahel-related issues, especially in light of the Egyptian chairmanship of the African Union this year.

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Sisi opened Wednesday the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa, the first to be held in the Upper Egyptian city of Aswan, the capital of African youth.

A number of African heads of state and government, as well as officials, are taking part in the event meant to open new channels toward achieving peace and sustainable development in the continent.

Attending the inauguration of the forum were Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and Speaker of the House of Representatives Aly Abdel Aal.

The two-day forum comes upon an initiative by President Sisi immediately after assuming the chairmanship of the African Union.


Additional reporting by Egypt Today Staff]]>
12/11/2019 9:19:13 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi: Egypt fights terrorism in Sinai and along borders with Libya]]>
During his speech on Wednesday at the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa held in Egypt, Sisi affirmed the need for the African nations to respond collectively against terrorism.

Concerning the Libyan crisis, Sisi said that hopefully, a “peaceful” political solution would be reached in Libya within few months, adding that the source of terrorism would be dramatically ended.

Sisi opened Wednesday the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa, the first to be held in the Upper Egyptian city of Aswan, the capital of African youth.

A number of African heads of state and government, as well as officials, are taking part in the event meant to open new channels toward achieving peace and sustainable development in the continent.

Attending the inauguration of the forum were Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and Speaker of the House of Representatives Aly Abdel Aal.

The two-day forum comes upon an initiative by President Sisi immediately after assuming the chairmanship of the African Union.]]>
12/11/2019 8:16:08 PM
<![CDATA[Confidence coach: World Youth Forum's goals divinely align with my career ]]>
She considers the World Youth Forum, which is set to kick off on Dec. 14, a great opportunity that will bring a strong beam of light to Egypt and more people will tap into its greatness.

“I am currently working on a huge global youth project for the emancipation of the mind. While I was conducting research about different African organizations we can collaborate with, I came across WYF,” she said in an interview with Egypt Today.

On her expected participation in the forum, Brown said she looks forward to meeting and getting to understand the perspective of her peers from around the globe, and that she envisions herself evolved to heights higher than her wildest imagination due to the positive energy in the space alone.

“I've always viewed Egypt as an Empire. A sacred place where my ancestors were born and worked hard to get me where I am today,” she continued.

Brown went on to explain the role played by the media in framing Africa, saying that the media leads us to believe that African countries like Egypt are not a place filled with excellence, brilliance, and love.

She added, “the reason why they try to deter us from visiting Egypt is because they understand the true power that lays within. As for myself, I can't wait to experience the truth!”

She also praised WYF’s agenda, as well as the perspective-changing workshops for all youths. From the forum’s themes, she is most interested in women empowerment, because as she says, "Women run the world, and the first workshop I will attend is called 'The Fourth Industrial Revolution: The Future of Youth Skills' and I am sure it will be fruitful."

Brown’s work is to assist people with mastering their lives by helping them key into self-awareness, overcome limiting fears, and exude confidence on a daily basis. “My mission is to rebuild the black community beginning with the emancipation of our minds,” she said, adding that she places most interest in youth.

“I honestly feel that this entire forum is divinely aligned with everything I'm doing with my life and career so I expect to learn many things at every moment,” she concluded.
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12/11/2019 12:18:59 PM
<![CDATA[Lavrov says discussed with Trump situation in Arab Gulf]]>
He made the remarks in a press conference at the Russian embassy in Washington following a meeting with Trump.

"We talked today about the fact that it's necessary to take some steps to prevent the crisis in the [Arabian] Gulf from aggravating and to take some steps in relations with the problems that have arisen because of the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA] on the settlement of the Iranian nuclear program," Lavrov told journalists in Washington.

As for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), he reiterated that Russia was ready both to extend the New START and to work with the US on any possible ways to upgrade the framework.

"We have offered Washington to consider any options to extend the agreement," Lavrov told journalists after the meeting with Trump.]]>
12/11/2019 12:11:56 PM
<![CDATA[Arab parl't condemns Brazalian MP's visit to Israeli settlements in W.Bank]]>
In a statement on Wednesday, Salami deemed this visit as a blatant violation of international law and legitimacy resolutions, saying it will encourage the Israeli side to proceed with its policy of illegally seizing lands by force from the Palestinians and establishing settlements on them.

Salami sent a letter to the chairman of the National Congress of Brazil to express his rejection of Brazilian lawmaker Eduardo Bolsonaro's visit to Israel's Psagot settlement, which is built on the occupied Palestinian territories.

He also deemed this action as a clear breach of UN Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) that termed Israel's settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories "illegal." ]]>
12/11/2019 12:09:38 PM
<![CDATA[UAE envoy: Egypt enjoys good investment opportunities]]>
Addressing the Egypt-UAE Forum for Trade and Investment, he added that the industrial sector is one of the major fields for increasing investments and enhancing joint cooperation.

Egypt is a strategic partner of the UAE while the UAE is one of the most important 10 trade partners of Egypt at the world level, he pointed out.

The two countries, he noted, are seeking to enhance joint cooperation through signing joint agreements and protocols that exceeded 50 in number.

The Egyptian government is exerting much efforts for improving the investment atmosphere through upgrading infrastructure and amending laws regulating investment in the country, he added. ]]>
12/11/2019 11:54:52 AM
<![CDATA[Macron calls for immediate release of French nationals held in Iran]]>
"On Human Rights Day, my thoughts go to Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal, our compatriots held in Iran, and their families," Macron said on Twitter.

"Their imprisonment is intolerable. They must be freed without delay. I told President Rouhani, I repeat it here," he wrote.

Paris reported the arrest of Marchal, a senior researcher at Science-Po university, in mid-October, while his Franco-Iranian colleague Adelkhah has been in prison in Iran since June.]]>
12/11/2019 11:47:25 AM
<![CDATA[Afghan suicide blast kill one, injure dozens in key U.S. base]]>
The attack comes as Washington seeks to revive stalled peace talks with Taliban militants who control more territory than at any point since being ousted from power by coalition forces in 2001.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but a provincial official said the casualties were all Afghans.

Two attackers detonated vehicles laden with explosives at the southern entrance to the base, while five opened fire. It was not immediately clear how many of the five gunmen were killed, Shahkar said.

Following the attack, a medical base being built was badly damaged, but the assault was quickly contained and repelled, according to the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan.]]>
12/11/2019 11:41:11 AM
<![CDATA[Rouhani says Iran will overcome U.S. sanctions]]>
Rouhani further added that Tehran will not cross its "red lines" in any talks with Washington.

"The government is determined to defeat (the enemy) by bypassing America's sanctions ... or through various means including talks, but we will not cross our red lines," Iran's ISNA news agency quoted Rouhani as saying. 
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12/11/2019 11:32:14 AM
<![CDATA[Afghan-Canadian engineer on WYF: Egypt signifies Youths’ contributions]]>
Residing in Toronto Canada, Shadan is a graduate student of Civil engineering at Ryerson University – Toronto. He is a youth activist and at the same time, he is a member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers and Earthquake Engineering Research Institute based in California.

It is Shadan’s first time to come to Egypt. He expressed his excitement to be attending the forum and visiting the country.

“I hope I learn about the ongoing plans and programs made for making the world a more prosperous home for all of us, with the help of which I can develop more practical solutions to the issues I see as most critical, and learn ways to bring them to reality,” he said.

Shadan is also excited to explore Egypt, as he believes this visit will change all he knew and read about the country. He says, “Egypt, being the cradle of civilization, is on my top list countries to visit. Its long and rich cultural heritage is an integral part of its national identity which fascinates me more than anything to visit this beautiful land.”

Speaking about the forum, Shadan considers events similar to the World Youth Forum have a huge impact on a country’s image, and “shows how much Egypt signifies the fresh blood generation and their positive contributions in the world.”

He went on explaining how this forum will positively affect his career, and further motivate him to serve the world without considering age, gender, religion, nationality, money or power.

Regarding the forum’s themes, he is specifically interested in attending the summit concerning environmental issues as it is one of the most pressing issues facing humanity today.

“I reckon this event is of great significance in empowering youth. WYF will provide a common platform to youth from various cultural backgrounds to come together and bridge the gap that hinder youths from playing their positive roles in making this world a better for this generation and generations to come,” he added. “It will enable us to obtain the acquaintance humanitarians and with the solutions, plans and strategies to overcome global issues.”]]>
12/10/2019 4:24:48 PM
<![CDATA[South African president gives keynote speech in Cairo ]]>


“President Sisi expressed his appreciation for the historic and brotherly relations between Egypt and South Africa, and that date back to anti-colonialism endeavors and struggle for independence. At the time, Egypt was honored to host great South African leader Nelson Mandela in Cairo in the sixties. Later on, ties persisted during democartic transition in the nineties and until present,” the statement released by President's Spokesperson Bassam Rady read. Mandela visited Egypt in 1962 as an anti-apartheid revolutionary and again in 1997 as president of South Africa.

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In a joint press conference, the South African president stated that the talks with his Egyptian counterpart were characterized by “transparency.” “South African people will always appreciate the Egyptian support to their country, particularly in time of struggle against colonization, and the great reception of leader Nelson Mandela,” Ramaphosa said.

The South African president declared that he had agreed with President Sisi to reinforce economic cooperation by boosting partnerships between the investors of both countries. Ramaphosa affirmed that the low level of current economic ties can be remedied, and that AfCFTA will help achieve that goal.

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“We exchanged views on African peace and security... We have concerns over threats facing some African and Gulf states... We expressed commitment to the 2020 Silencing the Guns Initiative,” President Rampahosa stated asserting that both Egypt and South Africa prioritize the preservation of global peace and security.

The guest president also praised Egypt’s leadership of the African Union (AU) expressing kenneness to accomplish the railway project linking Cairo to Cape Town. Early in 2019, Egypt had put forward the project.

Introduced as a plan aiming to develop Africa, the road would be 10.300 km long, starting from Alexandria Port on the Mediterranean Sea then Cairo, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and South Africa.
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12/10/2019 3:29:17 PM
<![CDATA[Tripartite ministerial meeting on GERD to be held on Jan. 13]]>
The ministers declared they had noticed the progress achieved in the technical meetings of the water resources ministers of Egypt and Ethiopia. The statement reads that Ethiopia would follow the technical guidelines set to fill the reservoir and operate the dam; however, those guidelines can be amended by the three countries in accordance with changes in hydrological conditions.

The foreign ministers of the three countries stated that they look forward to their next meeting to review the outcomes of technical meetings and produce the final draft of the agreement saying they are fully aware of the importance of setting rules for GERD reservoir filling process and operation.

The statement of the ministers was issued on Monday evening after concluding their meeting in Washington upon the invitation of US Treasury Secretary Steven Terner Mnuchin and World Bank Group President David Malpass.

In another statement released by Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry and Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Mohamed Abdel Aati, both ministers stressed the importance of expressing goodwill in the negotiations.
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12/10/2019 12:12:37 PM
<![CDATA[Luxembourg said pushing for EU states to recognize Palestine]]>
The report said Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn sent a letter to new EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and to EU foreign ministers, saying the only way to save the two-state solution was to create “a more equitable situation” between Israel and the Palestinians.

“It is time to start a debate within the European Union on the opportunity of a recognition of the State of Palestine by all its Member States,” according to the foreign minister's letter.

“The recognition of Palestine as a State would neither be a favour, nor a blank check, but a simple recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to their own State,” he wrote. “In no way would it be directed against Israel.

“Indeed, if we want to contribute to solving the conflict between Israel and Palestine, we must never lose sight of Israel’s security conditions, as well as of justice and dignity for the Palestinian people,” he added. ]]>
12/10/2019 11:30:20 AM
<![CDATA[Pompeo terms his talks with Shoukry as "productive"]]>
Posting on his Twitter account, Pompeo said "I had a productive meeting today with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on ways our strategic partnership can help achieve greater regional security and prosperity."

During his visit to Washington, Shoukry took part in the second expanded meeting grouping the foreign and irrigation ministers of the three Nile basin countries; Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, on assessing the results of the Renaissance Dam talks.

The US Department of Treasury hosted the second expanded meeting which involved World Bank Group President David Malpass.

The first meeting engaging the three countries' ministers was held in Washington on November 6.]]>
12/10/2019 11:26:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt stresses importance of goodwill in GERD negotiations]]>
The two ministers's remarks came in a statement released on Tuesday night following a meeting on the Ethiopian dam negotiations in Washington at an invitation of US Treasury Secretary Steven Terner Mnuchin and World Bank Group President David Malpass.

The foreign and irrigation ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia held a plenary meeting on necessary steps that should be taken to clinch an agreement on filling the dam ahead of January 15, 2020.

Following the meeting, the three countries, the United States and the World Bank issued a joint statement that outlined the path of negotiations and the points that must be addressed in order to reach an agreement on filling and operating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) by January 15, 2020.

In the statement, the two Egyptian ministers stressed the importance of the engagement of the three countries; Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia; in the GERD talks in a spirit of goodwill with the view of achieving common interests.

The statement also asserted the necessity of ensuring the full implementation of the Declaration of Principles on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) that was signed on March 23, 2015.

The two Egyptian ministers also lauded efforts exerted by the United States through its treasury secretary and his team to facilitate the negotiations and bringing the three countries' views closer to reach a just and balanced agreement on filling the Ethiopian dam, according to the statement. ]]>
12/10/2019 11:21:33 AM
<![CDATA[Deliberations in Cairo over Turkey-Tripoli Government MoUs]]>
Saleh will discuss with Al-Salami the repercussions of the MoUs signed between Turkey and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord. The Libyan official will hold talks with Abdel Aal on the unification of the international stance on the MoUs and the cancellation of the international recognition of the Government of National Accord, which is not elected.

Later on, the speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives will head to Greece upon a formal invitation to meet Speaker of the Greek Parliament Nikos Voutsis to discuss the reverberations of the MoUs on both countries.

On the other hand, Abdel Aal said in the plenary session on Monday that Egypt would not remain silent in the face of “threats to our interests or attempts to mess up with our borders.” The speaker described any attempt to compromise the land, air or maritime borders of Egypt as “madness,” warning that both the Egyptian leadership and people would fiercely deter such “foolish acts.”

Abdel Aal asserted, “We stand with the Libyan Parliament led by brother Aguila Saleh. Here in the House of Representatives, we support him and we support the Libyan [National] Army that combats terror.”

Greece expelled Libyan Ambassador to Athens Mohamed Younes al-Manfy over an MoU signed by Turkey and Tripoli Government - led by Fayez al-Sarag - on November 27 demarking the maritime borders between Libya and the Greek island of Crete. Egypt, France, Greece and UAE refuted the MoU.

Egypt, Cyprus, Greece says Libyan-Turkish maritime MoUs "has no legal effect"

CAIRO - 28 November 2019: Egypt, Cyprus and Greece announced, Tuesday that the two security cooperation and maritime MoUs signed by Turkey and Libya's UN-backed government, "has no legal effect". According to Egypt's spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez, Minster Sameh Shoukry called both of his Greek and Cypriot counterparts discussing the newly signed MoUs.



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12/9/2019 5:03:28 PM
<![CDATA[Trudeau’s ex-advisor: Egypt is doing the world a great service through WYF]]>
In an interview with Egypt Today via Whatsapp, Zhou said that he first came to Egypt in 2018 to participate in the second edition of the World Youth Forum. “This forum shows the world that Egypt seeks to empower youth from across the globe. The forum promotes cooperation, peace, and innovation. We need more of this in our world,” he added.

“Egypt is doing the world a great service by fostering the empowerment of youth and different cultures,” Zhou continued.

الشاب الكندي كريس زو خلال لقاء ترودو
Canadian Chris Zhou during his meeting with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau - Photo via Chris Zhou's Facebook page


Zhou was a former youth policy advisor to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. His mission for the past few years has been to connect youths from around the world.

He expressed his delight after he had the opportunity to sit down with both Egyptian ministers of youth and environment at the closing ceremony of the WYF in 2018, commenting “I was extremely inspired by their dedication and passion towards a better future for Egyptian youth and indeed youth from all around the world.”

Regarding his expected participation in the WYF this year, Zhou stressed he is especially interested in Artificial Intelligence (AI), and that he often hears in the West, and even in China about how AI is going to shape the developed world.

He continued, “But what about the developing world? At the WYF, I look forward to hearing from innovators from different parts of the world to share their perspectives on AI.”

Zhou went on to say that the world is becoming more and more globalized at the meantime, ensuring that intercultural collaboration is the key.

“Selected out of 14,000 applicants, I represented my province as a youth policy advisor to the prime minister. My team led and developed the country's first Canada Youth Policy,” he clarified.

Through this experience, Zhou noted that he learned that diversity makes people stronger. “As Canadians, we are proud of Canada's diverse population, and I applaud the WYF's dedication towards promoting diverse cultures.”

الشاب الكندي كريس زو إلى جانب رئيس الوزراء الكندى ترودو
Canadian Chris Zhou during his meeting with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau - Photo via Chris Zhou's Facebook page

The World Youth Forum (WYF) implemented a number of cooperation programs with leading regional and international organizations to cover issues during the forum's sessions, such as food security and artificial intelligence.

Nearly 300,000 persons from 196 countries have registered for the third edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF), compared to 122,000 young people from 194 countries in 2018.
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12/9/2019 4:09:21 PM
<![CDATA[Brexit versus public services: Rival British leaders make final campaign push]]>
“We have just three days to make that a reality, three days to break the deadlock and avoid a hung parliament ... three days to get Brexit done,” he will say on Monday during a visit to Sunderland in the northeast of England.

The city was one of the first places to declare its residents had voted for Brexit after a referendum in 2016.

While Johnson has made the Dec. 12 election chiefly about ending the tortuous path to divorce from the bloc, his main rival, the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn, has focused on promises of sweeping economic steps to benefit struggling Britons.

Labour will pledge on Monday to begin delivering its plans to end public spending cuts and begin nationalising industries within 100 days of taking office.

Johnson is ahead in opinion polls and forecast to win the 320 or so parliamentary seats he needs to finalise the EU divorce by Jan. 31. But, with many areas expected to be very tight contests, even a small change in public opinion could cost him an outright majority.

That would lead to a hung parliament that many expect to result in a temporary government led by Corbyn. This would mean the Labour leader had limited powers to enact his economic reforms, but would see smaller parties coalesce behind holding a second Brexit referendum.

Labour, which would need a huge last-minute swing in public opinion to claim a majority of its own, has promised to negotiate a new Brexit deal with the EU and then to give voters a choice between leaving under that deal or staying in the bloc.

Corbyn’s campaign has centred on appealing to voters who are frustrated after almost a decade of spending cuts by successive Conservative-led governments.

Labour is offering more public spending paid for by higher taxes on companies and the wealthy, hundreds of billions of pounds of infrastructure investment funded through borrowing, and a programme of nationalisation.

“When we win power it will be to give it to you,” Labour’s would-be finance minister John McDonnell will say during a speech on Monday.

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12/9/2019 11:08:28 AM
<![CDATA[Parl't approves amendment to some articles of law regulating youth bodies]]>
The draft law exempts youth bodies from at least 75 percent of water, electricity and gas fees.

Article 4 of the approved bill stipulates that if any youth body fails to legalize its status based on ministerial decree no. 36/2018, within six months as of the date upon which the law come into force, it shall be deemed dissolved by law. ]]>
12/9/2019 10:56:39 AM
<![CDATA[Trial of 215 MB defendants in 'Helwan Brigades' case delayed to Dec. 9]]>
The defendants are accused of forming armed groups called "Helwan Brigades" with the aim of carrying out attacks against policemen, destroying property and public facilities, as well as vandalizing electricity towers and transformers.

In February 2015, the prosecutor general ordered the 215 suspects to be referred to the criminal court, while keeping 127 of them in pretrial detention, until the remaining suspects are captured and brought to justice.

During investigations and questioning, 51 suspects admitted to joining the armed groups as well as illegally possessing firearms, ammunition and explosives.]]>
12/9/2019 10:52:20 AM
<![CDATA[AL stresses support for combating violence against women]]>
During a ceremony held within the framework of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, she said the Arab League is working on an Arab agreement for fighting violence against women.

She added that the Arab women committee will convene in Saudi Arabia in February.

She underlined that fighting violence against women is a top priority in the Arab region, noting that 37 percent of Arab women suffer from some form of violence.

Meanwhile, Deputy Regional Director for Arab States at United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Frederika Meijer said the UN is committed to realizing a breakthrough in combating violence against women by 2030.

She noted that about 2.3 billion women in the world suffer from violence. ]]>
12/8/2019 3:08:36 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi bestows order of merit on Foreign Press Association chief: Official]]>
Sisi tasked Diaa Rashwan, head of the State Information Service (SIS), to grant German Windfur the order in a celebration set to take place on Monday at 12 p.m. in the headquarters of the SIS.


Windfur, a German correspondent and an Arab-West relations expert, has migrated with his mother in 1955, according to media reports.

Since the June 30 revolution, which ousted Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated President Mohamed Morsi, Windfuhr has criticized many times the foreign coverage of the incidents in Egypt.

In 2013, Windfuhr also warned against dangers facing journalists, according to Daily News Egypt, saying that it was a duty to “make our members aware of a seriously increasing danger for our journalistic performance and even lives.”

He referred to pro-Morsi protesters, days after the dispersal of the Rabaa sit-in, accusing them of attacking their own state, and targeting public buildings and people at churches and stores owned by Christians.

In 2017, Volkhard Windfuhr criticized some foreign media outlets’ coverage of the terrorist attack that hit North Sinai’s Al-Rawdah Mosque, killing 311 Muslim worshipers and wounding 122.

In an interview with Al-Hayat, Windfuhr pointed out that foreign media's description of terrorists as militants "was not a coincidence,” noting that there is a difference between freedom of speech and spreading rumors.]]>
12/8/2019 1:40:40 PM
<![CDATA[What people in Hong Kong are saying after six months of demonstrations]]>
The protesters gave only their first names to avoid potential repercussions.

LAWRENCE, 23, UNIVERSITY STUDENT

“The protest has lasted for half a year. It’s Christmas time soon but we don’t have the mood to celebrate anymore, so I bring this placard to express that the wish of Hong Kongers is no longer about material possessions but about universal suffrage, a common wish that we all have been fighting for,” he said, holding up a poster that says “My 2020 wish is universal suffrage.”

TANG, 15, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT

“At first I thought I was not strong enough to come out, but then I started to think that everyone, no matter how small needs to come,” he said, wearing a black face covering. “I’m angry about police abuse against the protesters, sexual abuse and shooting tear gas for no reason.”

“My parents support me. They just tell me to be careful.”

HO, 40s: “My family needs to be educated,” said Ho, a 40-something mother who joined the protest with her husband and three young children. “They should know their heritage, what it is to be a Hong Konger and what it means to be part of the movement.”

“As a 40-something, we have not done enough for the younger protesters who are fighting for the freedom of our kids. So we must do as much as we can...We want to stay in Hong Kong, and we want our kids to have the freedom we did, and to know their rights.”

ERNEST, 16, CLAD IN BLACK

“If we don’t stand out front today, we won’t have any chance to speak anymore. We will become real China and will not have any chance to protest.”

“We need Carrie Lam to reply to our five demands...We will keep going until she replies to our five demands.”

TO, 40: “We have nothing to do but walk.”

“We are glad to hear that so many countries are watching what Hong Kong is doing. It is positive.”

MATTHEW, 21: “We are geared up like this (in all black and gloves) but we think a peaceful way is the best way to beat the government.”

“We are dressed like this not because we have a plan, but just because we are ready if the police do anything. We can’t fight themes but we can slow them down, by throwing some bricks or creating a roadblock. We will make sure that there is enough time for people to escape.”

“It’s not just a Hong Kong problem. It’s an international problem. Today Hong Kong, tomorrow Japan. That’s why I come all the way from Japan to support the protest today. I want to safeguard Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong as we are closely connected. So I feel the same as a Hong Konger and will stand with Hong Kong.”

JUNE, 40-YEAR-OLD MOTHER

“I will fight for freedom until I die because I am a Hong Konger. Today is about standing with Hong Kong, and the international community.”

KAY, 20, UNIVERSITY STUDENT
“I think the turnout will surpass the 2 million people (who protested in June) as many of my friends will participate for the first time. The stronger the police suppression, the stronger people will fight back. Police are just a chess used by the government, what’s more important is the universal suffrage.”

ROITA, 60: “At our age, we saw the Tiananmen massacre. At that time we were not strong enough to fight for the young people, that’s why we come out now. I want Hong Kong to have more democracy, more freedom and to have peace. “I don’t want to earn more money ... I want more freedom.”

CHAN, 22, FLYING THE TIBETAN FLAG: “I want to show that Hong Kongers also support Tibet, that we are all victims of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party)...We can see the history of Tibet is repeating itself here.”

LEE, 40s, CLERICAL WORKER: “I live here. I was born here and I have watched the whole society change, the legal system break down. I try to join most major rallies.”

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12/8/2019 12:26:51 PM
<![CDATA[Russia to never deploy medium-range missiles in Europe unless US does: Lavrov]]>
"We will never be the first to deploy this kind of armaments in any region unless it agrees to host similar US-made weapons. This position has not changed," he said after a meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio in Rome.

Lavrov lamented NATO’s refusal to back a moratorium proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on deploying short- and medium-range missiles in Europe.

"If practical steps are taken to build and deploy [such weapons in Europe] we will respond in kind but we will not be the first ones. Americans said they were not going to create a missile of this class but they have already tested one," he added.]]>
12/7/2019 12:00:49 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt keen to coordinate with Vatican on key issues - FM]]>
Meeting Vatican Secretary for Relations with States Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the foreign minister expressed Egypt's pride in relations with the Vatican and appreciation of positive development witnessed in the various issues of common interest, as well as the continuous efforts between the two sides to spread the values of tolerance and acceptance of the other and confront extremist ideology, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez said in a statement.

The minister also reviewed efforts exerted by Cairo to promote the values of citizenship and freedom of religion, which was appreciated by the Vatican top diplomat.

In turn, Gallagher hailed Egypt's pivotal role in achieving security and stability in the Middle East and its efforts to settle regional disputes.

The two sides also mulled regional issues of common concern.]]>
12/7/2019 11:42:19 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian policy towards Africa has changed since Sisi took office - FM]]>
Egypt has a long history of cooperation with African countries during the independence era, Shoukry told eXtra News.

The integration between Egypt and African countries and Cairo's competitiveness made it necessary for the Egyptian foreign policy to focus on relations with Africa, he added.

The political leadership is keen on boosting ties with African countries at the political, economic and cultural levels, the top diplomat said.]]>
12/7/2019 11:30:27 AM
<![CDATA[White House says it won't participate in impeachment hearing]]>
White House counsel Pat Cipollone sent a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler attacking the Democrats' impeachment inquiry, though the message did not explicitly say that President Donald Trump's counsel would not take part.

"As you know, your impeachment inquiry is completely baseless and has violated basic principles of due process and fundamental fairness," Cipollone wrote in a two paragraph letter. "Adopting articles of impeachment would be a reckless abuse of power by House Democrats, and would constitute the most unjust, highly partisan, and unconstitutional attempt at impeachment in our Nation's history."

While the letter doesn't specifically state the White House won't participate, that's what it means, according to a senior administration official.

"The letter communicates that we will not participate in this process," the official said. ]]>
12/7/2019 11:22:37 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt's FM, Italy's Conte discuss situation in Libya]]>
Shoukry conveyed the greetings of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Conte.

The meeting discussed the bilateral political and economic relations between the two countries, and ways to foster these historic ties.

Shoukry discussed on Thursday the latest updates regarding Libya’s political conflict also with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio in Rome.

During their meeting, they discussed means of boosting bilateral ties in different fields, as well as regional and international issues of common concern.

Shoukry lauded the long-standing ties with Italy, stressing the need to build on the current momentum in the two countries' relations, Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez said.

Shoukry also stressed Egypt's keenness to promote joint action with Italy to achieve the aspirations of the two countries' peoples, in addition to addressing common challenges, the spokesman added.

With regard to the killing of Italian student Giulio Regeni, Shoukry and Di Maio agreed on continuing the existing cooperation between the Egyptian and Italian judicial bodies in this issue, according to the spokesman.

The two sides discussed ways of elevating economic ties to higher levels, given that Italy is considered a key European partner for Egypt and one of most important markets for Egyptian exports, the spokesman noted.

Shoukry stressed the importance of implementing a debt swap program, which in turn could provide new opportunities for development cooperation between the two countries, the spokesman said.

Egypt looks forward to cementing cooperation with Italy in energy field, especially the natural gas, the spokesman quoted Shoukry as saying.

Shoukry and Di Maio also exchanged views on the latest regional developments, notably the Syrian crisis, the Palestinian cause and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) issue.]]>
12/6/2019 1:01:50 PM
<![CDATA[Greece to expel Libyan ambassador over Turkey-Libya accord]]>
Younis had 72 hours to leave the country, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias told a news briefing, according to Reuters.

Dendias called the Turkey-Libyan accord a 'blatant violation of international law'.

The agreement on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea between Turkey and the Tripoli-based government could complicate disputes over energy exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Turkish drilling has angered Greek Cypriots, Athens, Egypt and the EU.

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12/6/2019 12:54:25 PM
<![CDATA[Kenya arrests gold-loving Nairobi governor on suspicion of corruption]]>
Chief public prosecutor Noordin Haji told a news conference the Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko and his associates were accused of conspiracy to commit corruption, failure to comply with laws related to procurement, unlawful acquisition of public property and laundering the proceeds of crime.

Sonko and his assistants did not respond to calls seeking comment.

Citizens and international investors have long complained of corruption in Kenya, East Africa's business hub and richest economy.

President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Haji, a former deputy head of national intelligence, last year after years of taking little action to rein in widespread graft.

On Friday, Haji accused Sonko, who runs the Kenyan capital as Nairobi's most senior regional politican, of "deploying intimidation tactics and using goons to threaten law enforcement officials" investigating the case.

Police used teargas to disperse hundreds of Sonko's supporters when he was called into the anti-corruption office for questioning in November.

Sonko, a former senator, was elected in 2017 after years of news splashes featuring his flamboyant lifestyle and flashy fashion, complete with ubiquitous chunky gold jewellery and eye-catching hairstyles.

After Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto faced charges of crimes against humanity following the disputed 2007 elections and subsequent violence, Sonko showed up to the proceedings at the Hague-based International Criminal Court with "Uhuruto Not Guilty" dyed into his hair.

He was recently photographed using a goldplated iPad and matching iPhone and has appeared in rap videos gyrating in public offices wearing gold-coloured trainers while insulting political opponents.

He invited a storm of public criticism this month after he shared photos online of his dining room, featuring a gold-plated lion statue, and a gold-tinted dining table and chairs.

He has recruited hundreds of people into his "Sonko Rescue Team" who sweep out streets or appear at fires wearing "Sonko" branded red boiler suits in Nairobi's poorest neighbourhoods.

On Thursday, Sonko received an award sponsored by the Kenya Red Cross and United Nations Volunteers for encouraging volunteering.

Sonko has been photographed handing out cash for things like hospital bills but Nairobi has seen little improvement in public services under his watch.

Nairobi's public schools and clinics are crumbling, roads are potholed and hundreds of thousands of people live in slums without access to electricity, sewage or services.]]>
12/6/2019 12:44:12 PM
<![CDATA[UK's Labour leader says leaked report exposes PM Johnson's Brexit "fraud"]]>
"This is the cold, hard evidence that categorically shows the impact Johnson’s damaging Brexit deal will have on large parts of our country," Corbyn said in a speech in London.

Johnson's main campaigning message ahead of next week's election is that he would 'get Brexit done' three years after the 2016 referendum, but Corbyn said the slogan was a fraud and the prime minister wanted Britons to vote blind of the facts.
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12/6/2019 12:40:31 PM
<![CDATA[Iraq top cleric says new PM must be chosen without 'foreign interference']]>
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi resigned last week after two months of mass protests that demanded the government and political elite to step down and for Iran to stop interfering in the internal affairs of Baghdad.

Protests have criticized the political elite and Iraqi government as “corrupt” as they protested poor living conditions, high unemployment rates and deteriorating services across the country.

Speaking through his representative in the shrine city of Karbala, Sistani added that Shiite religious leadership, had "no role in any way" in discussions on a replacement, according to AFP.
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12/6/2019 12:18:02 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s FM Shoukry discusses Libya’s updates with Italian counterpart]]>
During their meeting, they discussed means of boosting bilateral ties in different fields, as well as regional and international issues of common concern.

Shoukry lauded the long-standing ties with Italy, stressing the need to build on the current momentum in the two countries' relations, Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez said.

Shoukry also stressed Egypt's keenness to promote joint action with Italy to achieve the aspirations of the two countries' peoples, in addition to addressing common challenges, the spokesman added.

With regard to the killing of Italian student Giulio Regeni, Shoukry and Di Maio agreed on continuing the existing cooperation between the Egyptian and Italian judicial bodies in this issue, according to the spokesman.

The two sides discussed ways of elevating economic ties to higher levels, given that Italy is considered a key European partner for Egypt and one of most important markets for Egyptian exports, the spokesman noted.

Shoukry stressed the importance of implementing a debt swap program, which in turn could provide new opportunities for development cooperation between the two countries, the spokesman said.

Egypt looks forward to cementing cooperation with Italy in energy field, especially the natural gas, the spokesman quoted Shoukry as saying.

Shoukry and Di Maio also exchanged views on the latest regional developments, notably the Syrian crisis, the Palestinian cause and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) issue.

Concerning the situation in Libya, Shoukry and Luigi Di Maio, Italy's minister of foreign affairs discussed the negative impact of signing of a military cooperation agreement and a maritime boundaries deal between Turkey and Libya, as they violate the 2015 Skhirat agreement and undermine efforts to reach a comprehensive political settlement.

Shoukry and Di Maio voiced their concern over the impact of recent developments in Libya on efforts to combat terrorism and radical militias, as well as the phenomenon of illegal immigration, the spokesman said.

Shoukry posted the Italian minister on Egypt's efforts to curb the phenomenon of illegal emigration.

On his part, the Italian minister said that Italy is keen on promoting relations with Egypt, especially in light of the central role played by Cairo to consolidate regional stability.

MENA contributed to reporting
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12/5/2019 8:05:43 PM
<![CDATA[Cypriot energy min. raises Turkish violations issue in Brussels]]>
In particular, the minister stated: “today at the Energy Council, my fellow Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Gerasimos Thomas raised the issue of the signing of the memorandum between Turkey and Libya, as announced by Turkish officials.

"My colleague explained that this was a blatant violation of international law and, of course, as Cyprus we expressed our solidarity with Greece, as the European Commission did."



Egypt has denounced Turkey's security cooperation deal between Turkey and Libya in many occasions, and denounced it as illegal.

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian, in a telephone call on Wednesday have agreed on the illegality of the MoUs on maritime borders and security signed between Turkey and Libya’s Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj as it violates international law, an official statement read.

The security cooperation deal between Turkey and Sarraj, the prime minister of the so-called Government of National Accord and also chairman of the presidential council, violates the Skhirat agreement signed in 2015 between parties of conflict in Syria, under the supervision of the United Nations, and the Security Council resolutions which imposes a ban on the supply of weapons and military equipment to and from Libya, according to the statement.



Concerning Turkish violations against Cyprus, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades in October this year expressed gratitude to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for supporting the Cypriot people against Turkish threats.

“On behalf of the Cypriot people and the government, we express profound gratitude at the support of Egypt and its president to Cypriot efforts aimed at barring occupation and restoring the unity of Cyprus in a way that ultimately guarantees the independence and sovereignty of our homeland away from any legacy or external powers,” President Anastasiades said, in a joint press conference in Cairo with Sisi, and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.


MENA contributed to the reporting
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12/5/2019 2:24:34 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, France denounce ‘illegal’ MoUs between Ankara, Libya’s PM]]>
The security cooperation deal between Turkey and Sarraj, the prime minister of the so-called Government of National Accord and also chairman of the presidential council, violates the Skhirat agreement signed in 2015 between parties of conflict in Syria, under the supervision of the United Nations, and the Security Council resolutions which imposes a ban on the supply of weapons and military equipment to and from Libya, according to the statement.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian affirmed the need to reach a comprehensive political settlement to the Libyan crisis within the framework of talks on Libya in the German capital of Berlin, which aims at achieving de-escalation and re-imposing ceasefire in the war-torn country.

They also affirmed the need to back Libya’s state institutions and the Libyan parliament, the elected legislative body, take decisive steps to face militias and terrorist groups, and work on ending the military conflict in Libya and activating the political path toward free elections.

Le Drian, for his part, invited Shoukry to visit France during the upcoming weeks, particularly in January, to continue consultations and coordination.

The two ministers discussed fields of cooperation between Egypt and France, in light of the firm relations between the two countries. They also agreed to continue consultations and to exchange visits to enhance bilateral cooperation, especially in economic, commercial and investments fields.

Shoukry, during the meeting, expressed condolences days after two French helicopters collided during a military counter-terrorism mission in Mali. French President Emmanuel Macron on November 26 said 13 French troops had been killed in the accident.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in August this year met with France’s President Emmanuel Macron, on the sidelines of

The two leaders exchanged visions around the situation in Libya, the presidential spokesman said, noting that they have agreed on the importance of consolidating joint efforts to settle the Libyan conflict in a way that contributes to eliminating terrorism, protecting the state's national institutions and resources, and limiting foreign intervention.
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12/5/2019 12:26:50 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi phones Guelleh, voices support to Djibouti after floods]]>
Sisi voiced support to Djibouti in such hard circumstances and expressed readiness to dispatch medical and relief aids to back the Djiboutian national efforts following the floods, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said in a statement.

The recent floods in Djibouti had caused the death of nine people and the displacement of about 250,000 others in the Djiboutian capital only, according to Down to Earth, as the African country, in one day, has received “two years’ worth of rainfall.”

Sisi affirmed Egypt's appreciation for the historical relations between the two countries, which are reflected in the consensus of the two countries’ visions in many Arab, African and international issues. He also stressed Egypt's keenness to continue fostering relations with Djibouti, especially in the commercial and investment fields.

For his part, President Guelleh praised the continuous development of bilateral relations with Egypt, and expressed his deep appreciation for the Egyptian people and leadership, especially in light of Egypt’s expression of solidarity with the Djiboutian people in such circumstances. He also hailed Egypt’s permanent willingness to meet the developmental needs of the people of Djibouti.

The two presidents also discussed updates of a number of regional issues linked to the African Union, in light of Egypt’s presidency of the AU. Sisi expressed his aspiration to continue coordination with the Guelleh on issues of security, stability and development in Africa.



In September, Sisi met with Guelleh, along with Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta on he sidelines of the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where they agreed to continue coordination and consultation.

Sisi, during the meeting, highlighted the need of convergence between the visions of Kenya and Djibouti, as part of the keenness to unify the African stance, based on the wisdom of the two countries' presidents.

The three leaders agreed on the continuation of coordination and consultation, stressing that the East African region is witnessing a critical stage, in light of the major challenges currently under way, including terrorism, and the need to achieve development and prosperity for the peoples of the African nations.

Guelleh also met in June with Egyptian Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal. The speaker affirmed that Djibouti is a key partner to Egypt in realizing economic sustainability and regional security in the Red Sea and the Horn of Africa.]]>
12/5/2019 11:20:48 AM
<![CDATA[National projects reduce unemployment to 7.8% in 2019: Min.]]>
“The government aims to implement new ideas in cooperation with the SME Development Authority to create up to 1 million small projects that will contribute to creating new job opportunities for young people and further reducing unemployment indicators in Egypt,” the minister said.

The minister of manpower told Egypt Today that the International Labour Organization (ILO) is a major partner of the ministry in the establishment of various projects.

Regarding the electronic link with Arab countries, the minister said that expanding the Egyptian Government's electronic link with Jordan and Kuwaitis moving steadily to eliminate fake contracts, and protect the Egyptian labor from manipulations.

On the draft law on labor, Saffan said that the law is currently being discussed by the House of Representatives and aims to contribute to achieving the required protection and prosperity for workers, establishing an environment of stability and balance at work to increase production.

In light of the recent change of the ministry's leadership with the help of young leaders, the minister stressed that the government targets preparing young leaders to achieve balance in the society.

Speaking of the initiative to train and rehabilitate the people with disabilities to participate in the labor market, the manpower minister said that the ministry launched this initiative to benefit the trainees after the announcement of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi the year of 2018 as the year for people with special needs.The initiative was implemented by the Ministry of Manpower in cooperation with the Fund for Training and Rehabilitation.

In the same year and during the inauguration of the Seventh International Conference on Information Technology Convergence and Services for People with Disabilities (ICT4PwDs), Sisi also announced establishing an initiative that aims to enable disabled people to get services and information introduced by online websites of governmental institutions.

Sisi also issued law no. 10 for 2018 on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on February 20, after being approved by the Parliament.

Saffan also pointed out that the initiative raised the awareness of people with disabilities of the provisions of the Labor Law, their rights and duties, how to overcome the difficulties of work and how to establish and manage small, medium and large projects.

In 2018, Saffan underscored Egypt's continuous efforts to take all possible measures to uproot child labor in light of the national plan launched with the aim of eliminating child labor by 2025. He added that the plan will be annually reviewed to evaluate the annual accomplishments.

The education completion age in Egypt is 15 years old. The minimum age for hazardous work and military recruitment is 18 years old.

In 2014, the World Food Program and the European Union reported that the number of employed minors in Egypt jumped to at least 2.7 million, according to Cairo Post.

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12/4/2019 4:25:49 PM
<![CDATA[Division pervades NATO as the 'brain dead' meet the 'delinquent']]>
With U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron blowing hot and cold over NATO’s function, the 29-member military alliance is looking for reinvigoration as it marks the 70th anniversary of its Cold War-era founding.

“Clearly it is very important that the alliance stays together,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters as he prepared to welcome heads of state and government. “But there is far, far more that unites us than divides us.”

Leaders held preliminary meetings in London on Tuesday, during which stark differences were aired, with Trump, who in the past has called NATO obsolete, criticizing Macron for comments last month about NATO’s strategic “brain death”.

WHITHER TURKEY
One of Macron’s chief complaints is that Turkey, a NATO member since 1952 and a critical ally in the Middle East, has increasingly acted unilaterally, carrying out incursions into Syria, taking up arms against the Kurdish YPG militia that had been allied with Western forces against Islamic State, and buying the S-400 missile defense system from Russia.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has pushed back, saying he will oppose NATO’s plan for the defense of Baltic countries if the alliance does not recognize groups that Turkey deems terrorists, including the YPG.

As he arrived at the summit, his back stooped, Erdogan declined to speak. His increasingly close ties with Russia, particularly over Syria, and his differences with the European Union over migration among other issues, have made him a more difficult NATO partner and, conversely, a more essential one.

Arriving at the 18th-century estate that once hosted a golf championship won by Tiger Woods, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas - whose country depends on NATO as a shield against Russia - said he was confident divisions could be overcome.

“NATO is strong. NATO’s deterrence is 100% credible,” he said. “Transatlantic ... cooperation is a cornerstone for us, for our security, for both sides of the Atlantic.”

At the summit, Europe, Turkey and Canada are expected to respond to Trump’s accusations that they spend too little on defense by pledging an extra $400 billion by 2024. Germany, a frequent target of Trump’s blandishments to spend more, has promised to spend 2% of national output by 2031.

France and Germany want the alliance to consider a bigger role in the Middle East and possibly Africa, a shift from its historically eastern-facing posture. They aim to win support to set up a “wise persons” group to draw up reform plans.

In a final communique, NATO allies will recommit to their pledge to defend each other. Britain is expected to put six warships, two fighter squadrons and thousands of troops at NATO’s disposal to meet a U.S. demand for European armies to be more combat-ready.

NATO will also warn China for the first time that it is monitoring Beijing’s growing military might. Leaders will agree to prepare for conflicts in space, the Arctic and computer networks, as well as traditional land, sea and air battles.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told diplomats ahead of the gathering that even though disputes were making headlines, the alliance was flourishing.

“I’m a politician, and I’m used to being criticized for good rhetoric but bad substance,” Stoltenberg said. “In the case of NATO it is the opposite. We have had bad rhetoric but extremely good substance.”

Trump said Macron’s remarks were “nasty”. He also described allies who spend too little on defense as “delinquent”.

Macron held his ground, saying as he arrived that it was important for leaders to discuss issues in an open and forthright manner if they were to find solutions.

“I think it’s our responsibility to raise differences that could be damaging and have a real strategic debate,” he said. “It has started, so I am satisfied.”

Earlier, in a message on Twitter, Macron was direct about the challenges NATO faces. “It is a burden we share: we can’t put money and pay the cost of our soldier’s lives without being clear on the fundamentals of what NATO should be,” he said.

In an illustration of the awkward mood, Macron, Johnson and the prime ministers of Canada and the Netherlands were caught on video at a Tuesday evening Buckingham Palace reception, apparently making light of Trump’s media appearances.

“It was like a 40-minute press conference,” Canada’s Justin Trudeau can be heard saying, with Queen Elizabeth’s daughter Princess Anne listening on. “I just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor,” Trudeau added with a chuckle.

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12/4/2019 4:22:12 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt jumps up four places in Climate Change Performance Index: Min.]]>
Following the ministry's participation in the presidential summit on climate change in Madrid, the minister said in the a press releases that this progress is attributed to the national policy that is adopted by Egypt to address the effects of climate change during the last period.

It is worth mentioning that Egypt had received an invitation to participate in COP25 climate change conference due to be held in Madrid on December 2-13.

According to a study by the Climate Change Performance Index 2019, she said that Egypt scored a total of 57.49 points, adding that Egypt continues to progress among the world through its promising plan to address the effects of climate change.

The Climate Change Performance Index consists of 14 sub-indicators to measure progress in four areas related to climate change; greenhouse gas emissions, new and renewable energy, energy use and climate policies.

The index showed that Egypt achieved success in the field of greenhouse gas emissions by occupying the fifth place, scoring 33 points.

She pointed out that the most important projects that contributed to the realization of this advanced center are major environmental projects such as Banban solar power plant, the Jabal al-Zayt wind power station, the Asyut hydroelectric dam station, the new valley and the Red Sea Governorate.

In November 2019, the minister said that Egypt has been working on minimizing the impact of climate change for 10 years. the minister's remarks came at the Future of Electric Mobility Conference in Egypt.

Fouad added that the Egyptian government is developing a plan,in cooperation with international institutions and programs of the United Nation,to use Egypt's resources in a way that minimizes the impact of climate change and environmental pollution.

In September 2019, the ministry launched a green-roof initiative to increase flora area nationwide. The roof will be planted with ornamentals, medical and aromatic plants, the minister said. Green roofs provide the individuals with oxygen they need and reduce pollution.

Moreover, a study was published by Science in July and revealed that the universe has to cultivate 1 billion hectares of trees to help curb carbon dioxide emissions globally and limit the impacts of climate change.

Scientists estimated that growing 0.9 billion trees can absorb 25 percent of carbon dioxide, saying “We estimate that if we cannot deviate from the current trajectory, the global potential canopy cover may shrink by ~223 million hectares by 2050, with the vast majority of losses occurring in the tropics. Our results highlight the opportunity of climate change mitigation through global tree restoration but also the urgent need for action.”

Egypt is one of the African countries that announced to plant millions of trees to mitigate the climate change. Late July 2019, Ethiopia planted more than 350 million trees in only 12 hours. In addition, Kenya announced that it would cultivate 20 million trees around its highland forests.

At the 2019 Climate Change Summit that convened at the 74th Session of the UNGA meetings in New York upon a call by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in September, Egypt and the UK co-chaired a coalition on climate adaptation and resilience to raise funds to implement the resilience and adaptation strategies that address climate change impacts.]]>
12/4/2019 3:48:20 PM
<![CDATA[We will never forget Egypt's supporting stance: Salva Kiir]]>
“We will never forget Cairo’s stances and support for South Sudan, especially with our students who study at Egypt’s universities,” Mayardit told Egypt’s Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal in Juba.

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit with Egypt’s Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal, 3 December, 2019 in Juba- Photo by Khaled Meshaal

On Monday, Abdel Aal arrived in Juba on a five-day official visit to discuss means of promoting South Sudan's peace and stability. During the visit, Abdel Aal is scheduled to meet with senior South Sudanese officials, topped by President Mayardit. He will also hold talks with South Sudan's parliament speaker on means of fostering parliamentary ties.

Mayardit expressed his happiness to meet with Abdel Aal, asking him to deliver his warm regards to “his brother”, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. He added that this visit is considered a “positive backing message for his country”.

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South Sudan’s president also praised the Egyptians capabilities, adding that he expects increasing the number of Egyptian companies in his country’s market during the coming period when everything is secure and stabilized in South Sudan.

For his part, Abdel Aal affirmed Egypt's Keenness on South Sudan’s peace and stability. He added that Cairo will provide all possible support to boost Juba’s development. He asserted that Egypt’s Parliament will cooperate with its South Sudanese counterpart to exchange experiences.

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Abdel Aal also delivered Sisi’s regards to Mayardit at the beginning of their meeting, assuring that Egypt is prioritizing South Sudan’s peace talks to bring “permanent and comprehensive peace to the country”.



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12/3/2019 6:18:49 PM
<![CDATA[Trump says he can see France breaking off from NATO]]>
“I do see France breaking off,” Trump told reporters during a meeting with the head of NATO in London.

“I’m looking at him (French President Emmanuel Macron) and I’m saying that he needs protection more than anybody and I see him breaking off. So I’m a little surprised at that.”]]>
12/3/2019 3:30:34 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Ministers conclude a successful business mission to the UK]]>
The Minister of Transport, Kamel El Wazir, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Dr Sahar Nasr, Minister of Finance, Dr Mohamed Maait, and Chairman of the Suez Canal Economic Zone, Eng Yehia Zaki were part of a three-day mission to UK.
The mission was organized by the British Egyptian Business Association (BEBA), promoted investment in strategic sectors such as transportation, education, and healthcare.

Minister El Wazir visited Bombardier’s manufacturing facility in Derby. In May, Bombardier Transportation UK was selected as the preferred bidder in the Administrative Capital’s monorail project. The project includes a 54km line connecting the New Administrative City with East Cairo and a 42km line connecting 6th October City with Giza.

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Egyptian Ministers conclude a successful business mission to the UK - Press photo


Commenting on the visit, British Ambassador to Egypt Sir Geoffrey Adams said: “We were delighted to welcome such a strong delegation of Egyptian Ministers and businessmen to the UK. Visits such as this pave the way to stronger economic cooperation and mutual prosperity for our countries.

Chairman of BEBA Khaled Nosseir said: “The UK and Egypt are strategic partners, and British businesses remain Egypt’s leading investors. As part of BEBA’s role to support Egypt’s sustainable growth, our fifth annual business mission aimed to explore potential partnerships and bilateral investment opportunities. The mission had combined meetings with public officials as well as business-to-business meetings.”

Earlier this month, Minister at the Department for International Development Baroness Elizabeth Sugg participated in the Africa Investment Forum. Baroness Sugg’s visit demonstrated the UK’s commitment to investing in Africa’s future. In January 2020, the UK will host the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, which will bring together African political and business leaders, with the UK Government, investors and international institutions.]]>
12/3/2019 3:30:04 PM
<![CDATA[2nd meeting of GRED talks resumes on Dec. 3]]>
The ministries will continue to discuss pending issues from their last meeting that was held in Addis Ababa in November, focusing on the technical measures of filling and operating the dam as well as how to deal with long droughts that may occur in the future.

At the first round of the second meeting held on Dec. 2, Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aty expressed his hopes to reach an agreement on the filling and operation of the GERD by January 15, 2020, ensuring a clear path towards a win-win situation, where all parties' interests are served.

The meeting was attended by his counterparts from Ethiopia, Sudan with the participation of a representative of the World Bank and a representative of the United States of America.

In Dec. 2, Ethiopian Irrigation and Energy Minister Selshy Bekely stated that the second meeting of the ministries concerned with water affairs succeeded in addressing the technical problems related to the operation of the Renaissance Dam in coordination with Egypt and Sudan.

“Ethiopia attaches great importance to these meetings in order to reach decisions on the Renaissance Dam that respect all agreements.Since September 2018, we have held five meetings on water and this dam,” Bekely added.

The minister noted that the observers played an important role and helped provide adviceand that the three countries focused on the technical problems.He also said that the river is very important for Egypt and Sudan and that Ethiopia has the right to use the resources of the river.

The Ethiopian minister pointed out that the next meeting will be held in Khratoum, Sudan at the end of December.He explained that his country has made great progress in determining the duration of operation and construction of this dam, which will extend between 4 and 7 years.

For his part, Sudanese Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Yasser Abbas stressed,"Progress in this file does not mean to only defend our interests and the rights of our people, but also to seek new opportunities to enhance joint cooperation between our countries."

The Sudanese minister suggested two options to solve the problems related to the dam."I have two suggestions for these talks to be constructive; the first one is to continue the talks and build on what was done in Addis Ababa, and the second option is to focus on two or three issues such as long-term operation and how much water is flowing.This should facilitate solving a lot of issues to finally know when we will start filling this dam.”

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its water share [55.5 billion cubic meters] after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011. A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began in 2014. One year later, the three countries signed the Declaration of Principles, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam.

However, Cairo has blamed Addis Ababa for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem, calling for activating the Article No. 10 of the Declaration of Principles, which stipulates that if the three countries could not find a solution to these differences, they have to ask for mediation.

Later, the United States sent an invitation to the three countries to resume the talks. Meetings were held with foreign and water ministers of Egypt and Upper stream countries, in the presence of United States Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin and a representative from the World Bank.

President Donald Trump praised the meeting with the top representatives ofthe three countries, saying on his Twitter that it “went well and discussions will continue during the day!”

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi also lauded the constructive and pivotal role played by President Trump and the US, which reflects the depth of the strategic relations between Egypt and the United States. The president said that this would contribute to reaching an agreement on the filling and operation of GERD and promoting stability and development in East Africa.

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12/3/2019 1:45:56 PM
<![CDATA[UK's Conservatives widen poll lead over Labour to 12 points: Kantar poll]]>
The poll put support for the Conservatives at 44%, up one point from a week earlier, while Labour was unchanged on 32%. The pro-European Union Liberal Democrats were up one point on 15%, while the Brexit Party was down one point on 2%.

Kantar surveyed 1,096 people online between Nov. 28 and Dec. 2.]]>
12/3/2019 12:19:30 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt hopes to reach agreement on GERD filling, operation by Jan 2020: Min. ]]>
On Monday, a meeting on GERD convened in Cairo, and is attended by his counterparts from Ethiopia, Sudan, as well as representatives from United States and the World Bank.

During his opening speech, Abdel Aty went on explaining that Egypt already has a significant water shortage, adding "it is important to consider the potential impacts of droughts during the filling and operation of the GERD. This is a high priority matter for Egypt. This requires taking effective measures when reservoirs levels reach critical situation."

Below is his full-speech transcript:

H.E. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Aty
Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation of the Arab Republic of Egypt
December 2nd, 2019
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Your Excellency Dr. Seleshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation, and Energy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Your Excellency Prof. Yasser Abbas, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources of the Republic of Sudan
Honorable Representatives of the United States of America and Esteemed members of the delegation from the World Bank Group,
It is my distinct pleasure to welcome my dear colleagues the ministers of water affairs of Ethiopia and Sudan, and their accompanying delegations, back in Cairo.

I would also like to welcome the representatives of the United States of America and the delegation from the World Bank Group, whose presence and participation in today’s meeting will certainly contribute to our efforts to reach a mutually beneficial agreement on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

My opening remarks today will be brief, since I think it is necessary for us to delve directly into the technical discussions on the filling and operation of the GERD and to continue the deliberations that began in our previous meeting in Addis Ababa.

Specifically, I would like to make three main points:

First, I would like to reiterate Egypt’s commitment to reach a fair and balanced agreement on the filling and operation of the GERD. This is a commitment that has been affirmed at the highest political level in Egypt, and which is codified in the 2015 Agreement on Declaration of Principles. This reflects our belief that the Nile is an unbreakable and eternal bond of kinship that unites the peoples of our three countries and indeed all the Nile riparian states.

Second, I sincerely believe that there is a clear path towards a win-win solution in these negotiations. Our objective is to reach an agreement that, on one hand, enables Ethiopia to realize its objective by generating hydro-power from the GERD, while on the other hand, prevents the causing of significant harm on the water uses of downstream states.

This reflects the fact that Egypt wholeheartedly supports Ethiopia’s efforts to achieve greater economic growth and prosperity. Indeed, let me be very clear on this point: Egypt wants to reach an agreement on the GERD that includes a filling plan that enables Ethiopia to generate hydropower at the earliest possible opportunity and that also includes operational rules that allow Ethiopia to continue to produce hydropower and realize a return on its investment in the GERD.

However, while enabling Ethiopia to achieve its objectives, such an agreement must protect downstream states from the significant harm that could potentially be caused on their water uses due to the introduction into the Eastern Nile system of a major new installation like the GERD.

Egypt already has a significant water shortage that reaches 21 BCM/year. This deficit is currently being addressed by extensive drainage and waste water reuse (we recycle water with salinity up to 10000 ppm), which means that Nile system in Egypt is being used at an overall efficiency exceeding 85%. Moreover, Egypt imports around 34 BCM of virtual water annually in order to balance the food gap.

Therefore, we need to reach an multi-reservoir operation agreement that enables the new reservoir, namely the GERD, from achieving its objective, while protecting the reliance and functionality of the High Aswan Dam.

In particular, it is important to consider the potential impacts of droughts during the filling and operation of the GERD. This is a high priority matter for Egypt. This requires taking effective measures when reservoirs levels reach critical situation.

Fortunately, we have agreed that the filling and operation of the GERD must be undertaken according to an adaptive and cooperative approach. This means that the filling of the GERD should be accelerated and decelerated, depending on the annual yield of the Blue Nile and in light of water level in the High Aswan Dam. Similarly, the operation of the GERD should be cooperative with the High Aswan Dam and should enable both dams to coordinate in adapting to the changing hydrology of the Blue Nile.

Third, I am hopeful that we can reach a final agreement on the filling and operation of the GERD by 15 January 2020, which is the deadline that our three countries agreed on in the meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Washington D.C. on 9 November 2019.

Although the outcome of our latest meeting in Addis Ababa was a matrix that was mostly colored in red, which demonstrates the points of divergence between us, I think there is a real opportunity to achieve progress in our meetings today and tomorrow and to overcome these differences and hopefully to come out with a matrix that includes more green areas.

This requires us to find ways to reach a middle ground that serves our common interests. We can do this by reflecting on and seeking to address the legitimate concerns that our three countries expressed in the latest meeting in Addis Ababa and in previous meetings.

This would reflect the true and genuine partnership between our countries and peoples, which requires that we negotiate in good faith to reach a mutually beneficial agreement that addresses our concerns and serves our common interests.

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

In conclusion, I would like to, again, welcome you in Cairo, and to wish us all success in our meetings. We have a real opportunity to achieve tangible progress in our discussions. So let us seize the moment and proceed with our deliberations in the constructive spirit of good faith and partnership that unites our three countries.]]>
12/2/2019 2:40:47 PM
<![CDATA[National AIDS Program: Only 13K people live with HIV in Egypt]]>
About 7,800 of HIV patients receive medication and are aged between 25 and 35 years old, representing 42 percent of all cases detected voluntarily.

For his side, WHO Representative in Cairo John Jabbour said that Egypt is one of the countries where the disease is least prevalent, with 0.02 percent of the total population. However, there has been an annual increase of newly discovered cases by about 25-35 percent every year over the past 10 years.

“To avoid this increase, two main facts need to be worked out; first, modernization of disease detection strategies and the use of modern testing methods in various health facilities; second, increasing awareness of the risk of HIV infection."

Jabbour stated that the Egyptian Government has taken a historic step in 2014 to provide treatment through government funding. He explained that the organization supports the Egyptian Government to strengthen its health systems and help it to progress towards universal health coverage so that all individuals would have access to the services they need without facing financial difficulties.

JAbbour pointed out that universal health coverage is an opportunity to accelerate efforts to eliminate AIDS, referring to the great success achieved by the campaign "100 Million Health," which is a model to be followed to face health problems.

Additionally, Jabbour called for harnessing all available energy and resources to achieve universal health coverage. He also stressed the need to increase the mobilization of societies to ensure AIDS remains on the political agenda.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has provided strong and sustained support to the Egyptian Government to fight AIDS since the first case was discovered in Egypt.

The celebration of World AIDS Day represents an alliance of all shared experiences to recall the collective responsibility to end the suffering of people living with HIV as well as to provide maximum prevention and treatment for these people.

A total of 38 million people are living with HIV / AIDS, according to the latest international statistics, and despite international efforts to eradicate the disease and the possibility of infection by 2030, the resources available to treat patients decreased by $1billion in 2018.

The World AIDS Day is an important platform to shed light on the role of communities in supporting awareness of the disease and the groups most vulnerable to HIV / AIDS.

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12/2/2019 12:54:36 PM
<![CDATA[Zero-hour on climate, but UN talks in another time zone]]>
Mindful of this gap, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned on Sunday that a "point-of-no-return" in the climate crisis is "in sight and hurtling towards us."

Indeed, three decades after NASA scientist James Hansen made headlines by telling the US Congress global warming had begun, evidence of its dire impacts is so overwhelming that "climate denier" is synonymous with insisting the Earth is flat.

Guterres lambasted the world's major economies, describing their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions overheating the planet as "utterly inadequate".

He didn't name names, but he didn't have to.

"Some countries like China and Japan are signalling their unwillingness to increase ambition," said Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation and, as a former negotiator for France, a main architect of the Paris Agreement.

Nor have India, Russia or Brazil expressed any enthusiasm for ratcheting up carbon-cutting pledges submitted under the 2015 treaty.

Donald Trump has taken things a step further by yanking the US out of the Paris deal entirely.

But even if all the world's nations honoured their pledges, the planet would still heat up at least three degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, a sure-fire recipe for calamity, scientists say.

Nations have agreed to cap warming -- already up by one degree Celsius -- at "well below" 2C.

Beyond the 2C threshold, "we are at risk of unleashing self-reinforced warming," Johan Rockstrom, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, told AFP.

"This is what Earth system scientists fear most."

The talks in Madrid -- the 25th "COP", or conference of the parties, in as many years -- will focus on finalising rules for global carbon markets, and setting up a fund to help countries already reeling from climate-enhanced heatwaves, droughts, floods and storms made worse by rising seas.

- Elephant in the room -

Poor and vulnerable nations are set to receive $100 billion annually from next year to prepare for future impacts, but no concrete provisions exist yet for "loss and damage" already incurred.

Frontline negotiators here describe COP25 as "technical talks" setting the stage for next year's meeting in Glasgow, where countries must confront the yawning gap between the Paris targets and current emissions.

But events outside the conference hall in Madrid may change the agenda.

"A key question will be to what extent the growing social movements throughout the world will be factored into decisions of the COP 25," said Tubiana.

Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, agreed.

"How to address the inadequate political response is the elephant in the room," he told AFP.

Under the European Commission's new president Ursula von der Leyen, Europe has emerged as a key player in pushing for a more rapid drawdown of carbon pollution.

Nearly a decade ago, the European Union engineered 2015 as the deadline for a climate deal. But the bloc ceded much of its leadership after that role to China and the United States under Barack Obama.

Today it may once again finds itself thrust onto the centre stage.

"The EU Commission is the new political element," Tubiana said. "The EU will clearly signal its intention to increase ambition by 2030 and achieve net-zero by 2050."

For the world's most vulnerable nations, that kind of action can't come soon enough.

"Anything short of a vastly greater commitment to emission reduction through new national plans ... will signal a willingness to accept catastrophe," said Lois Young, an ambassador from Belize and chair of the Association of Small Island States (AOSIS).

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12/2/2019 12:50:50 PM
<![CDATA[White House says it will not participate in Wednesday's Trump impeachment hearing]]>
Trump’s aides responded defiantly to the first of two crucial deadlines he faces in Congress this week as Democrats prepare to shift the focus of their impeachment inquiry from fact-finding to the consideration of possible charges of misconduct over his dealings with Ukraine.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, tasked with considering charges known as articles of impeachment, had given Trump until 6 p.m. (2300 GMT) on Sunday to say whether he would dispatch a lawyer to take part in the judiciary panel’s proceedings on Wednesday.

“We cannot fairly be expected to participate in a hearing while the witnesses are yet to be named and while it remains unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the President a fair process through additional hearings,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, according to a copy of a letter seen by Reuters.

Cipollone - while citing a “complete lack of due process and fundamental fairness afforded the president” in the impeachment process - did not rule out participation in further proceedings. But he signaled that Democrats would first have to make major procedural concessions.

Nadler has given the White House a Friday deadline to say whether Trump will mount a defense in broader impeachment proceedings.

The Judiciary Committee’s Democratic staff did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the White House’s refusal to participate in the hearing, which would have been the first direct involvement by the Trump camp in a process he has condemned as a partisan “witch hunt.”

Democratic U.S. Representative Don Beyer said on Twitter in response to the White House letter: “Not one process complaint made by the President and his Republican allies in Congress so far has turned out to be genuine.”

Congressional investigators have been looking into whether Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations of former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, who is running to unseat him in the 2020 presidential election, and a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

PANEL OF LEGAL EXPERTS

The first in a series of expected Judiciary proceedings will hear testimony on the impeachment process established under the U.S. Constitution from a panel of legal experts that has yet to be named.

Hearings before the committee, which has responsibility for crafting any formal charges against Trump, are a major step toward possible charges. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who will make the final decision, has not yet said whether the Republican president should be impeached. But in a letter to supporters last week, she called for him to be held accountable for his actions.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing, calling the impeachment inquiry a sham.

Nadler also set a second deadline of 5 p.m. (2200 GMT) on Friday for Trump to say whether he or his legal counsel would participate in further proceedings expected next week to examine evidence against him.

“We may consider participating in future Judiciary Committee proceedings if you afford the administration the ability to do so meaningfully,” Cipollone wrote, laying out a list of demands, including allowing Trump’s Republicans to call additional witnesses.

Cipollone also complained that Democrats had scheduled Wednesday’s hearing - “no doubt purposely” - to overlap with Trump’s absence from the United States to attend a NATO summit in London.

Three investigating panels, led by the House Intelligence Committee, are due to release a formal report this week when lawmakers return on Tuesday from a Thanksgiving recess. The report will outline evidence gathered by the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees.

Members of the intelligence panel will review the report in a classified setting on Monday evening, and the full committee will consider and vote on it on Tuesday before forwarding it to the Judiciary Committee, according to an Intelligence Committee official and a person familiar with the matter.

The president and his Republican allies in Congress say the inquiry has been rushed and unfair to Trump by not allowing the White House to have legal counsel present or call witnesses during weeks of closed-door testimony and open hearings before the House Intelligence Committee.

Republican lawmakers were able to question witnesses during the closed hearings, however, and called three witnesses during public hearings that wrapped up last week.

The House Judiciary Committee could vote on whether to recommend articles of impeachment within the next two weeks, setting the stage for a possible impeachment vote by the full House before Christmas, according to Democratic aides.

If the House impeaches Trump, the Republican-controlled Senate would hold a trial to determine whether he should be removed from office. Senate Republicans have shown little appetite for removing Trump.

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12/2/2019 12:46:07 PM
<![CDATA[Italian government pursues parliament vote to end ESM reform dispute]]>
The ruling 5-Star Movement opposes signing off on the reform until plans for a wider European banking union became clearer, while the co-ruling Democratic Party (PD) supports the plan.

The coalition infighting could hinder plans by the euro zone’s 19 member states to reach a political agreement on reforming the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) this month.

The proposed reform of the ESM would give it more powers to handle financial crises, increasing the euro zone’s monitoring powers over countries with economic imbalances and if required facilitating the restructuring of government debt.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte met key government officials on Sunday in an attempt to settle the dispute, but failed to find a final agreement.

“Any decision over the ESM will become definitive only after the Parliament resolutions that will be approved on Dec. 11,” a source at the Prime Minister’s office said after the meeting.

Rome wants assurances that sovereign bonds would not lose their status as risk-free assets with the European banking union, a government source told Reuters, in exchange for its green light on the ESM reform.

“Italy is ready to put a veto on that point,” the source said, adding that Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri had been given a mandate to negotiate with his European peers at the Eurogroup meeting scheduled for Dec. 4.

Conte is due to address Italy’s parliament on Monday on the ESM reform.

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12/2/2019 12:42:29 PM
<![CDATA[Renaissance Dam meetings succeed solving technical problems ]]>
This came during the second round of a four-meeting series between the irrigation ministries of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam [GERD] held in Cairo onDec. 2, 3.

The meetings aim at completing the negotiations between the three countries on the mechanisms of filling and operating the Renaissance Dam, with the participation of a representative of the World Bank and a representative of the United States of America.

“Ethiopia attaches great importance to these meetings in order to reach decisions on the Renaissance Dam that respect all agreements.Since September 2018, we have held five meetings on water and this dam,” Bekely added.

The minister noted that the observers played an important role and helped provide adviceand that the three countries focused on the technical problems.He also said that the river is very important for Egypt and Sudan and that Ethiopia has the right to use the resources of the river.

The Ethiopian minister pointed out that the next meeting will be held in Khratoum, Sudan at the end of December.He explained that his country has made great progress in determining the duration of operation and construction of this dam, which will extend between 4 and 7 years.

For his part, Sudanese Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Yasser Abbas stressed,"Progress in this file does not mean to only defend our interests and the rights of our people, but also to seek new opportunities to enhance joint cooperation between our countries."

The Sudanese minister suggested two options to solve the problems related to the dam."I have two suggestions for these talks to be constructive; the first one is to continue the talks and build on what was done in Addis Ababa, and the second option is to focus on two or three issues such as long-term operation and how much water is flowing.This should facilitate solving a lot of issues to finally know when we will start filling this dam.”


Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its water share [55.5 billion cubic meters] after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011. A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began in 2014. One year later, the three countries signed the Declaration of Principles, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam.

However, Cairo has blamed Addis Ababa for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem, calling for activating the Article No. 10 of the Declaration of Principles, which stipulates that if the three countries could not find a solution to these differences, they have to ask for mediation.

Later, the United States sent an invitation to the three countries to resume the talks. Meetings were held with foreign and water ministers of Egypt and Upper stream countries, in the presence of United States Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin and a representative from the World Bank.

President Donald Trump praised the meeting with the top representatives ofthe three countries, saying on his Twitter that it “went well and discussions will continue during the day!”

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi also lauded the constructive and pivotal role played by President Trump and the US, which reflects the depth of the strategic relations between Egypt and the United States. The president said that this would contribute to reaching an agreement on the filling and operation of GERD and promoting stability and development in East Africa.

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12/2/2019 12:05:00 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Greece denounce 'unlawful' MoUs between Libya's PM, Turkey]]>
The MoUs signed in November are related to security and maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean. Egypt has earlier rejected the MoUs, saying that they "pose no legal effect".

The two ministers, in this regard, discussed Turkey's negative intervention in the Libyan affairs, in a way that is inconsistent with efforts to achieve political settlement in the war-torn country, Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman said.

Also, they discussed the stance towards the Palestinian issue and the peace process, where they both agreed on the commitment to the two-state solution to reach desired peace. They also reviewed regional developments in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, and Iran.

International issues of mutual concern, including counter-terrorism and illegal immigration were also discussed during the meeting.

At the level of bilateral relations, Shoukry hailed the growth and development of cooperation between the two countries in various fields, and highlighted the positive outcome of the the Egyptian-Cypriot-Greek summit hosted by Cairo in October this year, during which Sisi met with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Shoukry affirmed the need to continue cooperation between Greece and Egypt, to maintain the level of bilateral relations at all levels, especially economic ties. He stressed the need to strengthen trade ties and increase the value of trade exchange to reflect the level of special political relations between the countries and the proximity of ports between them.

Shoukry suggested urging Greek companies to increase their investments in Egypt to take advantage of the promising opportunities in various fields for the benefit of the people of the two friendly countries.

In July, Shoukry met with his Greek counterpart in Athena and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for focusing on ways of promoting bilateral ties and regional and international issues of mutual concern, mainly terrorism, illegal immigration and Middle East developments.

In the October meeting between Sisi, Mitsotakis, and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, they condemned Turkey's "illegal" bid to drill inside Cypriot waters, AP reported.

“Turkey’s unacceptable practices and drilling ... are a blatant assault on the rights of the Cypriot Republic and the international law,” Anastasiades told a joint news conference.
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12/2/2019 11:23:52 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt asserts support to Cameroonian gov't efforts to settle anglophone crisis]]>
This came at the end of Hefni's visit to Cameroon and his meeting with senior Cameroonian government officials including the presidency general secretary, the prime minister and the deputy foreign minister for relations with Islamic states, according to a statement released by the Foreign Ministry on Sunday.

He gave a lecture at the Cameroonian International Studies Institute on Egypt's foreign policy in light of Egypt's presidency of the African Union.]]>
12/1/2019 4:09:07 PM
<![CDATA[Retrial of 12 MB defendants in Rabaa sit-in case adjourned to Jan. 8]]>
The defendants faced charges of premeditated murder of citizens and police forces, attempted murder along with possession of weapons and ammunition.

The prosecution also accused the defendants of sabotaging public and private property and committing acts of terrorism along with jeopardizing the safety of the society.]]>
12/1/2019 4:06:41 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt studies JICA's proposal to use surface irrigation]]>
A meeting held by the state-owned National Water Research Center discussed the Japanese proposal; it has been agreed that this irrigation systemwillbe applied in two areas. The first place is Wadi el-Natroun, Beheria governorate (Delta) where the cultivation would depend on underground water, while the second place is in Sharqia's Enshas city where other crops besides Rice could be cultivated by the surface irrigation system, the statement added.

On the sidelines of the Seventh Summit of Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) in August 2019, Egypt Today interviewed TICAD's Ambassador Kiya Masahiko.

He talked about the Japanese experience in doubling the production of rice as one of the solutions to rice cultivation problems in countries that suffer water shortage.

Masahiko affirmed that one of the summit's outcomes is the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) going from 14 million tons to 28 million tons, and the goal was achieved last year.

In case you missed it…

Interview: TICAD ambassador hopes Egypt's AU chairmanship advances Japan's contribution to Africa

TOKYO - 27 August 2019: Before the TICAD7 summit, the largest international business forum in Japan, kick off, Egypt Today spoke with Ambassador for TICAD Kiya Masahiko on Egypt's co-chairing of the summit, and how it can enhance Japan's contribution to Africa.





Despite decisions of reducing the rice-planted areas nationwide due to the water shortage crisis that Egypt faces, the government has increased the areas of lands to be used in rice cultivation in 2019.Head of the Rice Division in the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) Rajab Shehata told the state-owned news agency MENA in September that the rice-cultivated area has been increased from 1.2 million acres to 724,000 acres to meet people’s needs.

In April 2018, Egypt's Parliament passed a law banning the cultivation of some crops that require a large amount of water amid fears that building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) would cut the country's share of the Nile. The Parliament also approved the government's request to amend some provisions in Agriculture Law No. 53 of 1966.

It is worth mentioning that one feddan of rice consumes 7,000 cubic meters of water.

Egypt needs at least 105 billion cubic meters of water annually to cover the needs of more than 90 million citizens. However, it currently has only 60 billion cubic meters, 55.5 billion cubic meters of which come from the Nile and less than 5 billion cubic meters come from non-renewable subterranean water in the desert. The remaining 80 billion cubic meters are covered by the reuse of wastewater.

The average per capita consumption of fresh water declined by 1.5 percent in 2015/2016 and it reached 103.4 cubic meters, compared to 105 cubic meters in 2015/2014, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) data.

Additional reporting by Nourhan Magdy

]]>12/1/2019 1:43:40 PM<![CDATA[Fair trial council condemns Qatar's detention of Egyptian citizen]]>
Abdel Aziz, along with Egyptian Ali Salem, a director for the technical sector in beIN sports, which is a subsidiary of Al-Jazeera media network have been arrested in Qatar over charges of spying for Egypt and Saudi Arabia to help the piracy of Qatar's beIN Sports TV network.

ACSFT chief Abdel Gawad Ahmed said his council would internationally escalate the issue and lodge a complaint to the United Nations against the Qatari regime.

The Qatari regime has violated international conventions and the right of a fair and legal trial, Ahmed said, calling on the Qatari authorities to guarantee the legal rights of the defendants in compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Egyptian businessman Ahmed Abu Hashima has denounced the arrest in October, saying in an interview with TV presenter Amr Adib that the indictment of Ali Salem over espionage charges proves that Al-Jazeera network is a "military intelligence organization" rather than a commercial civilian one.

"I work in a professional manner and use the best human cadres in my job, and I knew that sports channels are the locomotive to promote the media system as a whole, and tried to provide a distinctive sports media service for the Egyptian people," Abu Hashima said, referring to ON Sport channel.

An Egyptian-British legal team, along with the International Labor Organization (ILO) and a number of human rights organizations, will file lawsuits against Qatar and beiN Sports, to demand the release of the accused Egyptians, he said.

"The dignity of the Egyptians abroad is part of the dignity of 100 million Egyptians," Abu Hashima said, calling the arrest of the two Egyptians as "manifest injustice."

Al-Jazeera aims to establish "political sports colonialism to influence Arab public opinion," he added.

Assuring the two Egyptian detainees in Qatar, Abu Hashima said that "the political leadership and all the state institutions and the Egyptian people are standing with you. Your dignity is part of our dignity. You have been subjected to a clear injustice despite your honorable history, and your right will not be wasted."]]>
12/1/2019 1:05:17 PM
<![CDATA[‘Fugitive contractor’ referred to criminal court for VAT evasion]]>
New Cairo Misdemeanor Court still examines the lawsuit filed by Style company for interior design charging him with fraud and illegal seizure of LE11 million.

The plaintiff’s plea states, “the defendant pretended that he owns a large contracting company that obtained concessions to accomplish big projects in order to conclude two subcontracts. One was signed on June 7, 2017, while the other is dated on October 30, 2017.”

The plea in the lawsuit carrying no. 7135/2019 adds that Style fulfilled its duties indicated in the contracts worth LE11,765,668, and that Ali promised to pay once the value of the contract with the client is delivered. Later on, the subcontractor figured out that the client had already paid the full amount, and that it was subject to a scheme along with other companies.

Ali has first fled to Spain where he posted videos criticizing the regime starting September, and later moved to the United Kingdom.
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11/30/2019 3:28:53 PM
<![CDATA[British police identify London Bridge attacker]]>
Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu confirmed that a man and a woman were killed in the attack which saw Khan, wearing a fake suicide vest, stab up to five people before being shot dead by armed police as hundreds of commuters fled in terror.

Commissioner Basu also revealed that Khan, who was from Stoke-on-Trent, had a prior terrorism conviction and had been jailed for eight years in 2012.

He was released on licence in December 2018 and was still wearing a monitoring tag at the time of yesterday's attack.

Anti-terror police have raided a house in the Staffordshire area linked to the killer.]]>
11/30/2019 10:58:44 AM
<![CDATA[Iraqi PM says he will resign]]>
As per a statement issued by the Iraqi cabinet, Abdul-Mahdi announced that he would submit his resignation to the parliament as the lawmakers could choose a new government.

Abdul-Mahdi’s resignation came in response to the Iraqi most influential Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s call of change on Friday, the statement added.

In a televised Friday sermon, a Shiite clergyman, on behalf of Sistani, condemned the use of deadly force against the protesters and called upon the parliamentarians to consider their stance towards Abdul-Mahdi’s government.

It has been estimated that the number of Iraqi protesters who killed by security forces raised to more than 400 persons, besides injuring dozens over the past few weeks of protests against the government.

On Thursday, more than 50 people were killed by security forces in southern cities of Najaf and al- Nasiriyah, Reuters reported.

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11/29/2019 3:12:12 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt condemns signing of MoUs between Turkey, Sarraj on maritime jurisdictions]]>
“Egypt affirms that such memoranda possess no legal effect, as they cannot be recognized in light of the fact that Article 8 of the Skhirat Political Agreement on Libya, widely accepted by Libyans, defines the competences conferred to the Council of Ministers, expressly stipulating that the Council of Ministers as an entity – and not the President of the Council alone – has the power to conclude international agreements,” he said in the statement.

“It is well-known that the Council of Ministers’ membership is clearly incomplete, and that it currently suffers from a serious imbalance in the representation of the Libyan areas. Accordingly, the restricted role of the Prime Minister is limited to steering the Council’s affairs; all attempts to build legal arrangements with any other country comprise a serious breach of the Skhirat Agreement,” he added.

“The MoUs It have no implications on the rights of the riparian states of the Mediterranean Sea, and does not affect the maritime boundary delimitation system in the Eastern Mediterranean region,” he continued.

Egypt called upon the international community to face this ‘negative approach,” which coincides with Germany’s efforts to reach a comprehensive peaceful solution among the conflicting parties of Libya.

“In this regard, Egypt expresses its concerns over such negative developments affecting the Berlin political process,” Hafez said.
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11/29/2019 1:04:50 PM
<![CDATA[Sudan dissolves Bashir-era ruling party]]>
According to two laws issued late Thursday by the transitional powers in the country (the sovereign council and the cabinet of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, a Bashir-era public order law which restricted women freedoms was also revoked.

The laws were issued after a lengthy 15-hour meeting between the sovereign council and the government, according to Justice Minister Nasreddin Abdel-Bari who told a press conference that the passed legislation will allow for dismantling the Bashir-era regime and seizing all assets of the congress party.]]>
11/29/2019 12:11:15 PM
<![CDATA[UN chief concerned over incidents in Iraq]]>
The UN chief urged all actors to refrain from violence and to engage in peaceful and meaningful dialogue for the benefit of Iraq and the Iraqi people, said a statement released by the UN.

Guterres reiterated his call on the Iraqi authorities to exercise maximum restraint, protect the lives of demonstrators, respect the rights to freedom of expression and assembly, and swiftly to investigate all acts of violence.

He also reminded the Iraqi authorities of their obligation to protect diplomatic and consular facilities and personnel, as well as public and private property]]>
11/29/2019 11:59:46 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi expresses pleasure as he meets Hungarian president]]>
"I was pleased today (Thursday) to receive President Janos Ader, president of the Republic of Hungary; during his official visit to Egypt, within the framework of strengthening cooperation and discussing common issues between the two countries," Sisi wrote on his Facebook page.

Also, Intissar al-Sisi, the wife of the president, expressed her pleasure at receiving Anita Herczegh, wife of the President Ader.

"I was very pleased today to receive Mrs. Anita Herczegh, wife of the President of the Republic of Hungary, during her first official visit to Egypt," she said on her Facebook page.



Sisi earlier on Thursday held talks with Ader, during the latter’s official visit to Cairo. Sisi described the talks as fruitful, according to Egyptian media.

In a joint press conference, Sisi said that he, along with President Ader, affirmed the importance of enhancing bilateral relations and exerting much effort to foster economic cooperation and increase the volume of trade exchange.

Sisi also welcomed the flow of Hungarian tourists to Egypt.

Concerning regional issues, Sisi said he agreed with Ader that the international community has to take extra steps to put an end to the conflicts in Syria and Libya, and help provide people of the region with a better future that is full of stability and progress.

Sisi said he reviewed with the Hungarian president Egypt’s efforts within the framework of its chairmanship of the African Union.

For his part, Ader thanked Sisi for inviting him to Egypt, stressing that the delegation accompanying him included officials who visit the African country for the first time.

He said that this is the third meeting between him and President Sisi in two and a half years, affirming that no Hungarian president had visited Egypt in the past 13 years.

Ader also referred to the fight against terrorism, saying that Egypt is an essential partner in the counter-terrorism efforts.]]>
11/29/2019 10:22:18 AM
<![CDATA[Abul Gheit: Palestinian issue central for Arab region]]>
Abul Gheit's remarks were read out on his behalf by Assistant Secretary General for Palestine and Occupied Arab Lands Affairs Said Abu Ali in a solidarity event organized by the Arab League on the occasion of the International Day for Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Ambassadors and permanent delegates of the Arab states, foreign ambassadors, representatives of Arab and international bodies as well as a galaxy of Egyptian and Palestinian figures attended the event.

Abul Gheit also reiterated solidarity with the Palestinian people promising continued support to their struggle to restore their usurped rights.

He also denounced the recent moves by the US administration against the Palestinian side and the way Washington is exercising pressure to force the Palestinians to accept unilateral solutions to the problem, asserting that the US policy and its recent decisions are undermining any possibility for reaching a just solution to the long-standing Middle East conflict and sounded the alarm over the possible outbreak of more waves of violence in the region due to the US bias in favor of Israel.

He warned that the prejudiced US stances could embolden the Israeli occupation authority to increase its brutal practices and violence against Palestinians, affirming that Israel's settlement building will remain illegal regardless of any decisions.]]>
11/28/2019 4:46:36 PM
<![CDATA[Court sentences 43 convicts to 3-10 years in jail in ‘Fath Mosque trail’]]>
As per the court ruling, four defendants were sentenced to 10 years in prison, five co-defendants were handed down 7 years in jail, and 31 others received sentences of 5 years in prison each. Also, three convicts were sentenced to three years in prison.

"Only five defendants were acquitted of the above-mentioned charges," the court presided by Judge Shebeib al-Damarani, said.

In 2017, Cairo Criminal Court issued life imprisonment sentences to 43 persons accused of the clashes at al-Fath Mosque after the dispersal of the Rabaa sit-in in 2013 and acquitted 52 of the accused.

A totel of 387 members of the Muslim Brotherhood were accused of desecrating, destroying and barricading al-Fath Mosque to cause chaos, bully and vandalize public and private facilities; they were also charged with the acquisition of weapons.

On August 17, 2013, Egypt’s security forces had surrounded al-Fath Mosque, inside which, a few hundred supporters of late ousted President Mohamed Morsi were hiding, including Muslim Brotherhood supporters who used the mosque to protest against ousting Morsi.
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11/28/2019 4:37:32 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Hungary’s president discuss boosting economic cooperation]]>
In a joint press conference, Sisi said that he, along with President Ader, affirmed the importance of enhancing bilateral relations and exerting much effort to foster economic cooperation and increase the volume of trade exchange.

Sisi also welcomed the flow of Hungarian tourists to Egypt.

Concerning regional issues, Sisi said he agreed with Ader that the international community has to take extra steps to put an end to the conflicts in Syria and Libya, and help provide people of the region with a better future that is full of stability and progress.

Sisi said he reviewed with the Hungarian president Egypt’s efforts within the framework of its chairmanship of the African Union.

For his part, Ader thanked Sisi for inviting him to Egypt, stressing that the delegation accompanying him included officials who visit the African country for the first time.

He said that this is the third meeting between him and President Sisi in two and a half years, affirming that no Hungarian president had visited Egypt in the past 13 years.

Ader also referred to the fight against terrorism, saying that Egypt is an essential partner in the counter-terrorism efforts.

Both presidents last met in New York, on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in September this year, where they reviewed efforts to resolve current crises occurring in some states of the region.

They hailed the historic friendly relations between Egypt and Hungary and expressed satisfaction with the level of bilateral ties over the past few years, reflected by three presidential meetings since 2015.

Sisi, during the September meeting, affirmed the need to continue backing relations between the two countries at various levels and to enhance continuous coordination and consultation at the international level, through organizing meetings between high-level officials from both countries and allow periodic political consultation.

In July, 2017, Sisi arrived in the Hungarian capital of Budapest on a three-day official visit, to participate in the summit of the Visegrad Group. Sisi was received by the Hungarian Minister of Defense.

Sisi met during the visit with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, where they held a joint press conference. Sisi referred to the fight against terrorism and discussed ways to boost bilateral relation and enhance coordination in regional and international forums.

Sisi participated in the meetings of the Egyptian-Hungarian business council and delivered a speech in which he said that Egypt is proud of the remarkable development witnessed in relations with Hungary, and looks forward to pushing these relations to broader horizons, especially in terms of economic cooperation.

Sisi also met with President Ader during the visit.

In November of the same year, Hungarian Parliament Speaker Laszlo Kover accompanied by a delegation of lawmakers arrived in Cairo, and was received by Egyptian Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal.

Also, in June 2016, Abdel Aal, accompanied by a delegation of MPs, visited Hungary where he met with President Ader who stressed his country's support to Egypt.]]>
11/28/2019 2:53:26 PM
<![CDATA[Caring for citizens, resolving issues priority: new deputy governor]]>
He said that the new deputy governors received instructions from President Sisi in this regard.

Appointing Sheikh, 35, comes as part of the state’s efforts to involve youth in executive positions and increase their representation in the political process, according to officials. Several youth on Wednesday were appointed as deputy governors but will receive periodic courses, according to Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, and will be continuously assessed.

Sheikh said, in an interview with private newspaper Al-Watan, that ensuring a fair representation of youth was one of the challenges announced by President Sisi, adding that the new appointments are a step toward empowering youth.

He noted that it was time for the empowerment of young people to be implemented on the ground, affirming that youth are who taking care of high-level posts worldwide. On the other hand, Sheikh affirmed readiness to learn from those are more experienced in such field.

Sheikh, born in Alexandria governorate, obtained his master's degree in media in 2015, and recently became a spokesman for the Coordination Committee of Party's Youth Leaders and Politicians (CPYP).

He worked as a lecturer in the department of Media, in the Faculty of Arts. He was also a journalist for Egypt’s state Middle East News Agency.

Sixteen newly appointed governors, and thirteen deputies sworn in on Wednesday morning at al-Ittihadiya Presidential Palace, sources said, ahead of an expected ministerial reshuffle.

The sources revealed that the newly appointed governors and deputies have different political backgrounds, among them prominent youths from opposition parties.

President Sisi met with the newly-appointed officials and told them that the state has given them the chance to implement their ideas as young people, Madbouly said, adding that they will meet with the president after few months for the second time.

Madbouly noted that periodical follow-up will be implemented to assess the work of the new deputies.

The government is keen to involve young people in all fields including local executive work, he said, adding that the deputy governors would receive intensive training courses.

Madbouly noted that Sisi ordered selecting people for the executive posts with institutional high competency based on scientific qualifications, experience and acquired skills.

The state, last time, involved 12 deputy governors from the young people, Madbouly said, adding that such step has yielded positive results, and therefore the state has tended to expand this successful experience.

Madbouly added that those young people would be able to gain much experience while performing their executive duties, which will later enable them to take posts that are more prominent.

He noted that most of the youth appointed during the current and the last amendments are in the thirties, adding that some of them hold a master's degree, while others have a doctorate.

Analysis: appointment of opposition youth as deputy governors unprecedented

CAIRO – 27 November 2019: As newly appointed governors and deputy governors were sworn in on Wednesday, the Egyptian state has made a historic step as it has appointed political youth from opposition parties in senior executive positions.


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11/28/2019 2:25:58 PM
<![CDATA[Deputy Giza governor: A youth handed executive responsibility]]>
Shehaby was appointed on Wednesday as deputy governor of Giza, a governorate on the West bank of the Nile, a house for iconic monuments including the Great Pyramids, and one of Egypt’s largest, most crowded and most vital spots.

Appointing Shehaby comes as part of the state’s efforts to involve youth in executive positions and increase their representation in the political process, according to officials. Several youth on Wednesday were appointed as deputy governors but will receive periodic courses, according to Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, and will be continuously assessed.

In an interview with Egypt Today, right after the appointment, Shehaby said said he would work rapidly to resolve the issues of citizens in the first place, adding that dealing with the public needs much more transparency.

Shehaby hailed the role of media and press in allowing officials to see the problems of the society and challenges facing citizens, praising also its role in showing citizens the efforts exerted by officials.

Shehaby, one of the most prominent and eminent members of the Democratic Generation Party and a member of the Coordination Committee of Party's Youth Leaders and Politicians (CPYP).

Shehaby obtained a Bachelor of journalism from the faculty of media. He holds an MBA with an excellent general degree in crisis management. He was the Assistant Secretary General of the Democratic Generation Party and chairman of the Jeel Center for Political and Strategic Studies.

In one of the youth conferences under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Shehaby affirmed the need to prepare a new generation of leaders who can preserve stability.


Sixteen newly appointed governors, and thirteen deputies sworn in on Wednesday morning at al-Ittihadiya Presidential Palace, sources said, ahead of an expected ministerial reshuffle.

The sources revealed that the newly appointed governors and deputies have different political backgrounds, among them prominent youths from opposition parties.



President Sisi met with the newly-appointed officials and told them that the state has given them the chance to implement their ideas as young people, Madbouly said, adding that they will meet with the president after few months for the second time.

Madbouly noted that periodical follow-up will be implemented to assess the work of the new deputies.

The government is keen to involve young people in all fields including local executive work, he said, adding that the deputy governors would receive intensive training courses.



Madbouly noted that Sisi ordered selecting people for the executive posts with institutional high competency based on scientific qualifications, experience and acquired skills.

The state, last time, involved 12 deputy governors from the young people, Madbouly said, adding that such step has yielded positive results, and therefore the state has tended to expand this successful experience.

Madbouly added that those young people would be able to gain much experience while performing their executive duties, which will later enable them to take posts that are more prominent.

He noted that most of the youth appointed during the current and the last amendments are in the thirties, adding that some of them hold a master's degree, while others have a doctorate.
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11/28/2019 1:37:01 PM
<![CDATA[Hossam Zaki: AL keen on supporting Lebanon’s stability]]>
Speaking to MENA as he arrived in Beirut, leading an AL delegation, Zaki stressed the importance of unity among all the Lebanese people, calling on them to rise above all differences, counter division and strengthen their values of coexistence and social harmony.

During his visit, Zaki is expected to hold several meetings with senior officials, leaders of parties and politicians in Lebanon, topped by President Michel Aoun, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, and caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri.]]>
11/28/2019 11:51:39 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s amb. to Canada receives youths participating in WYF]]>
He received the youths at the headquarters of the Egyptian embassy in Ottawa, before their travel to Egypt, where the forum will be hosted by the Red Sea resort city of Sharm El Sheikh.

The ambassador said he is keen to invite youths every year from areas near the Canadian capital Ottawa, noting that the number of the participants is on the rise, exceeding 50 male and female ones this year.

Abo Zeid highlighted the great success achieved by the forum in its two previous editions, underscoring the great attention directed by Egypt to empowering youths and enhancing their role in attaining development, spreading peace and promoting innovation and creativity as well as encouraging them to play a meaningful role in political decision making all over the world.]]>
11/28/2019 11:39:58 AM
<![CDATA[Aswan Forum to support African Union’s central goals: Egypt’s FM]]>
Shoukry said that the forum, which is set to be held on December 11-12th in Upper Egypt’s Aswan governorate, would provide a platform to tackle political and developmental aspects that concerns the African continent.

The forum is a regional and continental platform that will bring together political leaders, peace makers, and development partners, with the aim of creating a sustainable link between peace and development.



“The Aswan Forum supports the central goals of the African Union by its concentration on the principle of “African Solutions to African Problems” and provides a forum for addressing both the political aspects of interests to the African continent and also the developmental aspects,” Shoukry said.

“The championship of His Excellence, President El-Sisi to the issues of reconstruction, post-conflict, is an important aspect that will be addressed.”

“The forum comes as one additional event that highlights the importance of inter-African connectivity at all levels, providing an opportunity for both officials and eminent personalities to address the major issues of concern to the African continent and the African people.”

“Egypt will follow up on the outcomes of the Aswan Forum by first of all developing, at the end of the forum, a roadmap of the ideas,” Shoukry said, adding that the president will also “provide his colleagues during the next summit a review of those conclusions and thereby it will become integrated into the agenda of the African Union.”

“Definitely this is not a one-time event,” he said, noting that the event would be organized on a yearly basis, and would become a “fixture on the African agenda that will, I’m sure, have a very pertinent effect in terms of deliberating and reaching African solutions to African problems.”]]>
11/28/2019 11:29:19 AM
<![CDATA[Hungarian president arrives in Cairo to meet with Sisi]]>
During the visit, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and President Ader will review boosting bilateral cooperation, and are set to discuss issues of mutual concern.

Both presidents last met in New York, on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in September this year, where they reviewed efforts to resolve current crises occurring in some states of the region.

They hailed the historic friendly relations between Egypt and Hungary and expressed satisfaction with the level of bilateral ties over the past few years, reflected by three presidential meetings since 2015.

Sisi, during the September meeting, affirmed the need to continue backing relations between the two countries at various levels and to enhance continuous coordination and consultation at the international level, through organizing meetings between high-level officials from both countries and allow periodic political consultation.

In July, 2017, Sisi arrived in the Hungarian capital of Budapest on a three-day official visit, to participate in the summit of the Visegrad Group. Sisi was received by the Hungarian Minister of Defense.

Sisi met during the visit with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, where they held a joint press conference. Sisi referred to the fight against terrorism and discussed ways to boost bilateral relation and enhance coordination in regional and international forums.

Sisi participated in the meetings of the Egyptian-Hungarian business council and delivered a speech in which he said that Egypt is proud of the remarkable development witnessed in relations with Hungary, and looks forward to pushing these relations to broader horizons, especially in terms of economic cooperation.

Sisi also met with President Ader during the visit.

In November of the same year, Hungarian Parliament Speaker Laszlo Kover accompanied by a delegation of lawmakers arrived in Cairo, and was received by Egyptian Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal.

Also, in June 2016, Abdel Aal, accompanied by a delegation of MPs, visited Hungary where he met with President Ader who stressed his country's support to Egypt.
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11/28/2019 10:44:24 AM
<![CDATA[Analysis: appointment of opposition youth as deputy governors unprecedented]]>
The movement to appoint youth as deputy governors has been carefully planned for months, as the political leadership has deliberately selected young politicians from opposition parties belonging to different currents of thought. It also selected young people from the Presidential Program for the Rehabilitation of Youth for Leadership PLP.



Many hard-working young people in the community who have long proposed ideas to improve the performance of the government in many economic, political and social issues were selected.

The step comes in line with efforts to provide adequate representation of young people in high-level posts, including also in the Egyptian parliament, in order to benefit from creative way of thinking and their untraditional proposals to solve current national challenges.



Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on Wednesday said in a press conference that for the first time ten youth from political parties were appointed to serve in executive positions.

Sixteen newly appointed governors, and thirteen deputies sworn in on Wednesday morning at al-Ittihadiya Presidential Palace, sources told Egypt Today, ahead of an expected ministerial reshuffle.



The sources revealed that the newly appointed governors and deputies have different political backgrounds, among them prominent youths from opposition parties.

President Sisi met with the newly-appointed officials and told them that the state has given them the chance to implement their ideas as young people, Madbouly said, adding that they will meet with the president after few months for the second time.

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The move marks a debut in appointing youth from opposition parties and the Coordination Committee of Party's Youth Leaders and Politicians (CPYP) in Egypt since a long time, aiming to integrate youth in executive work and “the state-building efforts”.

Sources affirmed that this move to assign young people to senior posts as governors’ deputies took months of “careful planning.” The selection combined young politicians from opposition parties who belong to different currents along with other politicians who graduated from the Presidential Program for the Rehabilitation of Youth for Leadership (PLP).

Sources described the appointments as “pumping young blood into the summit of the executive pyramid of the state,” adding that the step would maximize the benefit of diverse political opinions within the Egyptian state.



“The appointment of new youths and cadres emphasizes the importance of their role in the Egyptian government, and indicates that they [youth] should be represented appropriately at both of the parliament and senate,” sources affirmed.

According to sources, pumping young blood at the top of the executive pyramid of the state through young people, some of which belong to opposition parties from the coordination of youth parties, politicians and cadres of the youth academy, consolidates the state of diversity and dialogue within the executive organs of the State.



The development of the appointment of youth to be deputies of the governors from the coordination of youth parties and politicians coincides with the step of increasing the emphasis on providing adequate representation of young people in the two chambers of the Egyptian parliament.

Observers further affirmed that the Egyptian state opens the door for young people to play the largest role in its history in the executive branch in parallel with providing them with an unprecedented space in the legislature.

Inaugurated in 2017, by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the PLP is considered Egypt’s special aura of interest towards youths and their role in developing the country and society, as it qualifies them for leadership and decision making.


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11/27/2019 10:37:24 PM
<![CDATA[Al Sisi makes history by Including Youth in policy-making ]]>
The Coordination Committee of Parties Youth and Politician expressed its pride to have the confidence of the leadership after selecting 10 of its members to be deputies of new Egyptian governors.

The Committee appreciates this new step to broaden the participation of the Youth in leading the country, a step perceived as vivid evidence that the current leadership seeks to provide the youth with opportunities and took advantage of their abilities.

The Committee extended its sincere salutes to its members, Ibrahim Al-Shihabi, appointed as deputy governor of Giza, Mohamed Moussa, appointed as deputy governor of Monofiya, Bilal Habash, appointed as deputy governor of Beni Suef, and member Hazem Omar, appointed as deputy governor of Qena.



The presidency spokesperson, Bassam Radi, said in a statement that al Sisi expects a collective work that would add to the development process of the state.

“Al Sisi assigned the new governors and their deputies to exert their utmost efforts to serve the citizens and meet their demands as well as utilizing the resources available in every governorate, combat corruption and incompetence as well as finding out innovative resolutions for the current burdens,” said Radi.

This step taken by President Abdel Fatah al Sisi is perceived as unprecedented and the largest movement ever taken by an Egyptian leadership to include the youth, and even young politicians from Parties considered to be part of the opposition in Egypt, according to experts.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has assigned newly-appointed governors and their deputies to exert every possible effort to serve citizens and meet their needs, in addition to utilizing the resources available in each governorate.

The State will continue to focus on building the Egyptian citizen through providing him with a high-quality education, healthcare, and appropriate work conditions, the president told the new governors and their deputies following a swearing-in ceremony at El Ittihadia Palace on Wednesday.

Sisi ordered the governors and their deputies to maintain high-level coordination with the ministries concerned to improve the performance of administrative bodies and hone skills of workers, presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said.


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11/27/2019 9:22:14 PM
<![CDATA[State keen to involve youth in executive positions: PM]]>
Sixteen newly appointed governors, and thirteen deputies sworn in on Wednesday morning at al-Ittihadiya Presidential Palace, sources told Egypt Today, ahead of an expected ministerial reshuffle.

The sources revealed that the newly appointed governors and deputies have different political backgrounds, among them prominent youths from opposition parties.

President Sisi met with the newly-appointed officials and told them that the state has given them the chance to implement their ideas as young people, Madbouly said, adding that they will meet with the president after few months for the second time.

Madbouly noted that periodical follow-up will be implemented to assess the work of the new deputies.

The government is keen to involve young people in all fields including local executive work, he said, adding that the deputy governors would receive intensive training courses.

Madbouly noted that Sisi ordered selecting people for the executive posts with institutional high competency based on scientific qualifications, experience and acquired skills.

The state, last time, involved 12 deputy governors from the young people, Madbouly said, adding that such step has yielded positive results, and therefore the state has tended to expand this successful experience.

Madbouly added that those young people would be able to gain much experience while performing their executive duties, which will later enable them to take posts that are more prominent.

He noted that most of the youth appointed during the current and the last amendments are in the thirties, adding that some of them hold a master's degree, while others have a doctorate.

Egyptian gov't appoints youth from opposition parties in senior executive posts

CAIRO – 27 November 2019: Sixteen newly appointed governors, and thirteen deputies sworn in on Wednesday morning at al-Ittihadiya Presidential Palace, sources told Egypt Today.


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11/27/2019 8:45:39 PM
<![CDATA[Citizens to feel results of difficult decisions in 2 yrs: PM to CNN]]>
“The most important thing that makes us confident is that we have already passed (the stage of) the difficult decisions,” Madbouly stated, pointing out that Egypt will focus during the next 2 years on making the Egyptian citizens feel the positive results of the economic reform.

On the regional developments and tensions, Madbouly said, "We live in a region very volatile and witness protests and tensions because of the dissatisfaction (of some people in the region) with the performance of their governments and with their failure to provide the basic needs of the citizens.

“The situation in Egypt is much better than in these countries because we have already managed to overcome the obstacles they have, and it has become very clear that the quality of life in Egypt has improved, which has reflected on the citizens,” Madbouli explained.

The prime minister noted that the Egyptian Government recognizes that the road is still long, and stressed that a lot of efforts still need to be exerted to improve the situation.

He also confirmed that the government is trying to make many reforms to attract investors, who have grown more confident in the Egyptian economy.



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11/27/2019 3:26:05 PM
<![CDATA[Incoming EU chief vows to fight 'existential' climate risks]]>
Speaking ahead of a final vote in the chamber to confirm her as European Commission president from Dec. 1, and also confirm the other Commission members, von der Leyen said: “We don’t have a moment to waste any more on fighting climate change.”

She said that transition towards “climate neutrality” by mid-century had to be achieved in a “sustainable way”, meaning it must keep on board workers, regions and governments that still rely on coal for jobs, energy needs and economic growth.

“It must be inclusive or it will not happen at all,” she said.]]>
11/27/2019 3:17:21 PM
<![CDATA[UK Labour leader Corbyn says his party has apologized over anti-Semitism]]>
“I have made very clear antisemitism is completely wrong in our society and our party did make it clear when I was elected leader and after that, that antisemitism is unacceptable in any form in our party or our society and did indeed offer its sympathies and apologies to those who had suffered,” he told a news conference.]]>
11/27/2019 3:15:36 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian gov't appoints youth from opposition parties in senior executive posts]]>
The sources revealed that the newly appointed governors and deputies have different political backgrounds, among them prominent youths from opposition parties.


The newly appointed governors are as follows:
• Abdel Hameed Abdel Aziz for Al Qalyubia.
• Gamal Nour al Dien for Kafr El Sheikh.
• Essan Saad for Asyut.
• Ahmed Abdullah al Ansari for Faiyum.
• Tarek Rahmy for Gharbia.
• Tarek al Feky for Souhag.
• Mohamed al Shreif for Alexandria.
• Khaled Shoueb for Marsa Matruh.
• Ashraf al Dardiry for Qena.
• Shrief Fahmy for Ismailia.
• Ashraf Atia for Aswan.
• Amr Hanafy for Red Sea.
• Ibrahim al Shahawy for Menofia.
• Mohamed Hani Gamal for Beni Suef.
• Osama al Kady for Minya.
• Ayman Mokhtar for Dakahlia.


As for deputies:
• Jacqueline Azer Abdel Halim for Alexandria.
• Mohamed Mohamed Hammad for Al Qalyubia.
• Ahmed Shaaban Ahmed for Aswan.
• Hend Mohamed Ahmed for Giza.
• Ahmed Mahmoud Abdelmoati for Ash Sharqia.
• Inas Samir Mohamed for South Siani
• Ahmed Samy Adli for Qena.
• Amr Magdy Mostafa for Kafr El Sheikh.
• Ibrahim Al-Shehaby, CPYP member for Giza.
• Mohamed Mosa, CPYP member for Menoufia
• Bilal Habash, CPYP member for Beni Suef
• Hazem Omar, CPYP member for Qena
• Haitham Al-Sheikh, CPYP member for Dakahlia

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The move marks a debut in appointing youth from opposition parties and the Coordination Committee of Party's Youth Leaders and Politicians (CPYP) in Egypt since a long time, aiming to integrate youth in executive work and “the state-building efforts”.

The sources affirmed that this move to assign young people to senior posts as governors’ deputies took months of “careful planning.” The selection combined young politicians from opposition parties who belong to different currents along with other politicians who graduated from the Presidential Program for the Rehabilitation of Youth for Leadership (PLP).

Sources described the appointments as “pumping young blood into the summit of the executive pyramid of the state,” adding that the step would maximize the benefit of diverse political opinions within the Egyptian state.

“The appointment of new youths and cadres emphasizes the importance of their role in the Egyptian government, and indicates that they [youth] should be represented appropriately at both of the parliament and senate,” sources affirmed.

According to sources, pumping young blood at the top of the executive pyramid of the state through young people, some of which belong to opposition parties from the coordination of youth parties, politicians and cadres of the youth academy, consolidates the state of diversity and dialogue within the executive organs of the State.

The development of the appointment of youth to be deputies of the governors from the coordination of youth parties and politicians coincides with the step of increasing the emphasis on providing adequate representation of young people in the two chambers of the Egyptian parliament.

Observers further affirmed that the Egyptian state opens the door for young people to play the largest role in its history in the executive branch in parallel with providing them with an unprecedented space in the legislature.

Inaugurated in 2017, by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the PLP is considered Egypt’s special aura of interest towards youths and their role in developing the country and society, as it qualifies them for leadership and decision making.
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11/27/2019 2:55:22 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt wins chairman ship of North African Panel of Experts]]>
Hamzaoui also revealed the nomination of Algeria as deputy office and of Mauritania as the seat for this session.

The 34th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts for the Sub-Regional Office for North Africa of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) kicked off on Monday, Nov. 25 in Aswan and will run until Nov. 28.

The session is entitled "African Continental Free Trade Agreement" to facilitate trade among North African countries to promote regional economic integration.

The conference is attended by the seven member states of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA):Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Libya, Sudan, and Mauritania. This is in addition to a number of UN agencies, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and staff of the United Nations Secretariat, and private sector entities. .

On Nov.24, the Ministry of Planning released a statement clarifying that hosting the conference comes in light of the Egyptian Government's commitment to strengthening global development partnerships to achieve sustainable development goals and strengthen African intergovernmental ties in light of Egypt's presidency of the African Union.

The ministry stressed the importance of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement because of its contribution to the flow of trade in goods and services, especially in light of the high level of tariff liberalization between African countries.

Previously, the Planning Ministry signed an agreement with the United Nations on arrangements for hosting the 34th session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts for the Sub-regional Office for North Africa of the Economic Commission for Africa.

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is a trade agreement among 49 AU member states, signed in Rwanda on March 1. The idea came up at the 18th meeting of the African Union Summit, held from January 27 to 27 in Addis Ababa, to promote intra-African trade.

The agreement aims to remove tariff restrictions on intra-African trade, thus creating a market for all goods and services within the African continent. The agreement came into force on May 2 through ratification by countries.

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11/26/2019 12:01:45 PM
<![CDATA[AL: US decision on Israeli settlements ‘null and void’]]>
“The approach taken by the US administration in making unilateral decisions is a flagrant violation to the international law and the UN resolutions that relate with the Palestinian cause,” said the decision issued after holding the extraordinary session of the League of Arab State’s Council at the ministerial level on Monday.

“It is a real threat to security, peace and stability in the Middle East and the world, and an unprecedented reckless disregard for the international organization that is based on and adheres to the international law,” the decision said.

On November 18, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that the Israeli settlements in the West Bank is “not inconsistent with the international law.”

The Arab Foreign Ministers also called for pressuring the international community to hold Israel accountable for its settlement activities, which undermine the efforts of achieving a two-state solution on the border of 1967.

They also called upon the International Criminal Court (ICC) to launch investigations into the Israeli settlements in accordance with the Rome Statute, calling for boycotting all Israeli companies that are operating in the settlements.

The Arab Foreign Ministers “warned against exploiting the illegal cover provided by unilateral US decisions to encourage the Israeli government to enact void and illegal legislation aimed at annexing Jordan Valley and parts of the occupied West Bank.” They added that Israel could be more encouraged to increase settlements, Judaize the occupied city of Jerusalem, vandalize its Islamic and Christian sanctities, especially the Al-Aqsa mosque, and to distort its Arab and Islamic identity, its demography.

The Ministers condemned the latest Israeli aggression that occurred on November 12, 2019 against Palestinians in Gaza, where dozens of civilians killed by Israeli raids, affirming that the Arab countries should continue seeking economic, political and diplomatic actions to defense the Palestinian cause.

Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit on Monday categorically rejected the US changed stance on the Israeli settlements considering it no more illegal,

"The US administration had made great promises to achieve peace," Aboul Ghaiet said, adding that it has only worked to achieve the Israeli goals.

Additional reporting by Amr Mohamed Kandil
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11/25/2019 7:49:03 PM
<![CDATA[Shoukry, Jordanian counterpart discuss Palestine issue]]>
The meeting tackled the bilateral relations and the regional and international issues of mutual concern, said Egyptian ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Ahmed Hafez in a statement on Saturday.

Both minsters tackled the latest development of the Palestinian issue, particularly following the US decision of legalizing the Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank, Hafez added.

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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry meets with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on November 25, 2019- press photo


“Shoukry affirmed in this regard Egypt’s stance of abiding by international resolutions and international law in connection with the status of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank,” Hafez said.

On November 18, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that the Israeli settlements in the West Bank is “not inconsistent with the international law.”

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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry meets with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on November 25, 2019- press photo


“The two ministers reviewed the progress made in terms of advancing bilateral relations and enhancing joint cooperation between the two countries in all fields, within the framework of implementing the joint directives of H.E. President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and his brother, His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein,” he continued.

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11/25/2019 6:51:28 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt hails Palestinians' historic struggle, condemns unilateral steps]]>
This comes days after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that his country would no longer abide by 1978 State Department opinion, which call the Israeli settlements in West Bank against international law.

Speaking at an extraordinary session of the Arab League, Shoukry expressed categorical rejection of the unilateral decisions made concerning the Palestinian cause.

He affirmed that the achievement of a political solution must be based on the two-state solution and relevant international laws, including establishing an Independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Shoukry affirmed that forcibly imposing unilateral laws could not grant any legitimacy for changes on the ground, and would undermine chances to resume peace process, encourage public tension and make Palestinian people lose hope in the possibility to settle the conflict peacefully.

Pompeo on November 18th announced reversing the Barack "Obama administration’s approach towards Israeli settlements," which declared them internationally illegal.

Responding to Pompeo's remarks, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the longstanding position of the UN regarding Israeli settlements in "Occupied Palestinian Territory" – that they are in breach of international law – is unchanged, according to the UN website.

He added that the UN remains “committed to a two-State solution based on the relevant UN resolutions”.]]>
11/25/2019 5:25:41 PM
<![CDATA[US reversal of policy on Israeli settlements ends its mediating role: AL]]>
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said earlier in November that his country would no longer abide by 1978 State Department opinion, which call the Israeli settlements in West Bank against international law.

The step was condemned by the UK and Arab countries.



In his speech at the extraordinary session of the Arab League, Aboul Gheit said that the US recent announcement was a very negative development and a regrettable shift in the US position.

"The US administration had made great promises to achieve peace," Aboul Ghaiet said, adding that it has only worked to achieve the Israeli goals.

Aboul Gheit said that the US announcement concerning settlements represents an end to its role as a mediator in the Palestinian cause, after it had taken over such role for four decades.

This declaration does not change the status of the settlements as illegal entities, Aboul Gheit said, stressing that international law is formulated by the international community as a whole, not a single state.

He affirmed that the Israeli "occupation" would remain condemned by the whole world, despite any declaration, and that the Israeli settlements would remain legally void, and shameful for those who practice or acknowledge it.

Aboul Gheit said that the declaration would have a negative impact on any horizon to achieve peace in the future, stressing that the recognition of the settlements implies a recognition of the Israeli occupation as a whole.

"So what are Palestinians negotiating with the Israelis, if there is no occupied land, or settlers usurping the territory?"

Aboul Gheit affirmed that the consequences of the US declaration go beyond its role in the Middle East or in the peace process, as it has undermined a principle stipulated by international humanitarian law, which prohibits occupiers from transferring its population to the territories which they occupy.

"Ignoring this firm principle strikes the remaining moral legitimacy of the United States in this issue. It also undermines its credibility as a global power that is supposed to respect the law and work to implement it."



Pompeo on November 18th announced reversing the Barack "Obama administration’s approach towards Israeli settlements," which declared them internationally illegal.

Responding to Pompeo's remarks, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the longstanding position of the UN regarding Israeli settlements in "Occupied Palestinian Territory" – that they are in breach of international law – is unchanged, according to the UN website.

He added that the UN remains “committed to a two-State solution based on the relevant UN resolutions”.]]>
11/25/2019 4:20:13 PM
<![CDATA[Arab League holds meeting on protecting rights of psychopaths]]>
The meeting aims to prepare a draft Arab law on the protection of the rights of psychiatric patients and ex-addicts, recovering addicts and persons having a desire to end their addiction.

AL Assistant Secretary-General for Social Affairs Haifa Abu Ghazaleh said the meeting is a continuation of the committee's first meeting, which was held on March 12-13, 2019. ]]>
11/25/2019 2:23:32 PM
<![CDATA[Parliament speaker: Legislative elections to be held in Nov. 2020]]>
Abdel Aal also stressed in his speech during the Parliament sessions that in the coming days a number of actions will be taken against the sentenced corrupt members.

The speaker clarified that refraining from allocating 5 percent of the seats to persons with disabilities contradicts with the Constitution and the law, and referred that some ministers were not performing properly.

Commenting on the Legislative Committee's rejection of the Public Taste Law, Abdel-Aal stated that not every idea put forward should become a law, explaining the impossibility to control the public taste as it varies according to time and place and that any tampering with the behavior of the Egyptian street is a criminal act.
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11/24/2019 4:54:59 PM
<![CDATA[Arab Parliament urges Congress to lift Sudan from list of states sponsoring terror]]>
This came in Salami's message to US Vice President Mike Pence, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to inform them with the decision of the Arab Parliament on lifting Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terror.

There was a unanimous vote on the decision in the AP session that was held in Cairo on October 31.

Salami said that the decision was made on the basis of the Sudanese efforts at all the Arab, regional and international levels to combat terror and sponsor peace, the implementation of all the commitments agreed on with the US on combating terrorism by Sudan, supporting the peace process in South Sudan, promoting human rights and promoting freedoms for non-Muslims.]]>
11/24/2019 12:31:59 PM
<![CDATA[US imposes sanctions on Iran's information minister]]>
The internet blockage, which Iran said on Thursday it had begun to roll back, made it difficult for protesters to post videos on social media to generate support and also to obtain reliable reports on the extent of the unrest.

Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi, the Iranian minister, has advanced Tehran’s policy of “repressive internet censorship” while in office, according to the US Treasury Department, which described him as a former intelligence official who has been involved in surveillance against opposition activists.

“Iran’s leaders know that a free and open internet exposes their illegitimacy, so they seek to censor internet access to quell anti-regime protests,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

“We are sanctioning Iran's Minister of Information and Communications Technology for restricting internet access, including to popular messaging applications that help tens of millions of Iranians stay connected to each other and the outside world,” he added.]]>
11/23/2019 11:29:03 AM
<![CDATA[Pompeo: we will hold Iranian regime accountable of their violent repression of people]]>
"The US is sanctioning the Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Mohammad Jahromi, for helping shut down the Iranian internet," Pompeo tweeted on Friday.

Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said: "Iran’s leaders know that a free and open internet exposes their illegitimacy, so they seek to censor internet access to quell anti-regime protests."]]>
11/23/2019 11:25:53 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Moroccan FM discuss cooperation, regional affairs ]]>
President Sisi extended his greetings to Moroccan King Mohammed VI, and praised the outstanding level of bilateral relations. The president also stressed Egypt's eagerness to push forward cooperation between both countries on all levels, a statement of Presidency Spokesperson Bassam Rady indicated.

On his side, Bourita delivered the greetings of the Moroccan King and a written message where he expressed his country's appreciation for the close ties with Egypt on the official and popular levels. The king also "praised the achievements of Egypt under Sisi in the realms of security, stability, and development restoring its leading role on the regional and international scales. The King of Morocco affirmed his interest to expand bilateral cooperation with Egypt in all sectors," the statement read.

The meeting also consisted of talks on regional matters of mutual interest, particularly the Libyan crisis. "There was consensus among both parties on the importance of providing support for the institutions of the Libyan state, and the integral role of the National Libyan Army (LNA) to combat terrorism, achieve security and stability, and preserve the unity and sovereignty of Libya," the statement pointed out.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shokry, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr, and Moroccan Envoy to Cairo Ahmed al-Tazy.]]>
11/23/2019 11:15:51 AM
<![CDATA[Africa 2019 Conference kicks off in Administrative Capital]]>
The two-day conference is being organized by the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It will convene in the New Administrative Capital.



In the opening speech, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr said that the forum focuses on enhancing the growth rates of the continent through upgrading the infrastructure and activating the free trade and digitization.

She called for working together in Africa to achieve the development of the continent.

Two days ago, the minister emphasized the importance of Africa 2019 forum in promoting investment opportunities in Africa.

Nasr clarified that the forum will witness the announcement of development and investment agreements between development partners and the continent, in addition to providing opportunities for leaders and businessmen from the continent to discuss new agreements.

President Sisi will deliver a speech at the opening session of the forum.
In an official letter written on the official page of the conference, President Sisi said welcomed the guests, Heads of States and Governments, investors, regional funds and international institutions as well as development partners to Africa’s 2019 Forum.



He called for investing in Africa for a better future and development priorities within the framework of the ambitious African Agenda 2063.
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11/22/2019 4:39:45 PM
<![CDATA[Israeli settlers torch vehicles, scrawl hate graffiti in Nablus]]>
Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Israeli colonial settlement construction in northern West Bank, said a group of settlers sneaked their way into Majdal Bani Fadel and Qabalan villages, where they torched several vehicles and scrawled anti-Palestinian hate graffiti, state news agency WAFA reported Friday.

Settlers also sneaked their way to Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus city, where they vandalized a villager’s house and set his vehicle on fire.

Many Palestinian activists and rights groups have repeatedly blamed Israel for fostering a “culture of impunity” for Jewish settlers committing violent acts against Palestinians.

Over 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law]]>
11/22/2019 3:26:27 PM
<![CDATA[Riyadh deplores Iran's violations of int'l conventions related to nuclear program]]>
This came in a speech delivered by Saudi Ambassador to Austria and its governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz during the discussion of the item (Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of UN Security Council resolution 2231 of 2015).

The discussion was held at a session of the IAEA's Board of Governors, currently held in Vienna.

Prince Abdullah said the reports issued by the IAEA regarding Iran's violations of the nuclear agreement at the level of uranium enrichment, the quantity produced from it, the installation of advanced centrifuges, the suspension of all its research and development obligations, and its recent uranium enrichment at the Fordow facility, are a threat to the international community.

He said they confirm the inadequacy of the nuclear agreement with Iran and reinforce doubts about the intentions and peacefulness of its nuclear program, stressing that Iran has used the economic return of the nuclear agreement in provoking internal unrest in neighboring countries, in light of its insistence on developing ballistic missiles and supporting terrorist groups in the region.

Prince Abdullah said the Kingdom welcomed the contents of the joint ministerial statement of the three European parties to the agreement and the High Representative of the European Union, lauding the US decision to end the exemption of Iran's Fordow nuclear facility from sanctions as of December 15, 2019.

The ambassador also affirmed Saudi Arabia's call for not tolerating Iran's apparent blackmail and defiance of the international community as a whole, calling on the IAEA to continue its monitoring efforts in Iran to uncover further information related to its nuclear activities and any other sites Tehran is likely to use in this regard, while keeping the council informed]]>
11/22/2019 3:20:25 PM
<![CDATA[Brotherhood expanded through parallel entities: Islamophobia observatory ]]>
These entities, according to the report, seek to act as an alternative to the state for the members, with the aim of gaining power and practicing pressure on decision makers to meet the group’s demands.

The observatory also pointed out that the Muslim Brotherhood worked to present itself as a preaching group (known as Da’wah group) that seeks to spread “Islamic reformist thought,” as well as a reliable alternative to confront violence and terrorism resulting from extremist organizations.

The observatory explained that after a number of Brotherhood members left for Arab and European countries during the sixties, the group worked to implement the idea of establishing parallel societies in these countries “through controlling Muslim students and places of worship there, and publishing magazines that adopt the group’s ideology.”
“The group exploited the nation’s major issues, such as the Palestinian cause, and promoted itself as the first defender of it,” said the report.

The report added that the messages of Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, were the main base of the idea of establishing a parallel society.

In the same context, the group seeks through this idea to achieve intellectual control over societies and penetrate the institutions of the states. Banna’s messages outlined the steps that can be taken to achieve this idea by controlling the schools' curricula, education system and media.

The group has “penetrated into western societies by calling for democracy and peaceful coexistence between sects of a society, while in the Arab and Muslim countries, they use a totally different tone when they speak about the West,” the report continued.

The report also referred to social relations the group sought to build through marriages between its members, and through establishing commercial and economic relations to adapt to the environment in which the group operates.

The Brotherhood is also working to attract immigrants to these countries and include them in the ideology of the group.

The report affirmed that the European countries have recently recognized the danger of the Muslim Brotherhood, so they tightened the screws on them.

For example, the British and Swedish governments revealed reports of growing Brotherhood thought among university students, confirming that the western countries see the ideology of the group as the basis for extremism.



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11/21/2019 6:11:33 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt urges Arab justice ministers to enhance judicial cooperation to fight terrorism]]>
Addressing the 35th session of the Arab Justice Ministers Council, Abdel Rehim underlined the importance of setting up national mechanisms to confiscate all funds channeled to terrorist organizations.

He called for introducing necessary amendments to the Arab Agreement for Counter Terrorism and activating bilateral agreements signed between Arab countries in the judicial and security domains.

He underlined the importance of the Arab draft agreement regulating conditions of refugees in Arab countries and the draft Arab Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Unlawful Interference against the Safety and Security of Civil Aviation]]>
11/21/2019 5:04:24 PM
<![CDATA[Pope Francis calls for protecting dignity, rights of migrants, refugees]]>
"May every nation devise effective means for protecting the dignity and rights of migrants and refugees, who face dangers, uncertainties and exploitation in their quest for freedom and a decent life for their families,'' he said.

The Pope pleaded for action against one of the region's greatest scourges, human trafficking to fuel the forced labor and sex trade industries, as he began a week-long visit to Asia.

Francis praised the Thai government's efforts to fight human trafficking in a speech delivered at host Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's Government House offices, appealing for greater international commitment to protect women and children "who are violated and exposed to every form of exploitation, enslavement, violence and abuse''.

He called for ways to "uproot this evil and to provide ways to restore their dignity''.

"The future of our peoples is linked in large measure to the way we will ensure a dignified future to our children,'' he said]]>
11/21/2019 5:00:30 PM
<![CDATA[Accumulated waste removed off roads in 6th of October City ]]>
The waste is collected from vacant areas in the northern area of the city, estimated at more than 5 million cubic meters.

Sherif el-Sherbeiny, the head of the 6th of October City Development Authority, said that the move comes as part of a cooperation protocol signed between the Military Production and the Urban Communities Authority, represented in the 6th of October City Authority.

The waste removal procedures are supervised by a committee from the authority and are carried out in coordination with the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency.

A total of 80 million tons of garbage are collected in Egypt each year, with most of them ending up in piles in the streets. The government has taken several steps over the years to contain the growing waste crisis in the country by raising awareness and announcing fines of up to LE 20,000 for littering streets.

Sherbeiny further said that the city is prepared to face rainwater accumulation during winter season, adding that areas with accumulated water will be linked to the main sewer network.

Sherbeiny explained that such steps are taken within the framework of the city's efforts to face the heavy rains and floods.
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11/21/2019 3:24:19 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi back in Cairo after talking cooperation in Berlin, boosting ties]]>
Sisi, during his visit, also met with his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier; German President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Schäuble and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, and also held talks with leading German companies and Economy Minister Peter Altmaier.



Since the CwA’s launch in 2017, 12 African countries joined the initiative including Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia, according to the official website of the initiative.

The initiative seeks to "coordinate country-specific reform agendas, support respective policy measures and advertise investment opportunities to private investors," the CwA said.

Meeting Schäuble

Sisi and German President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Schäuble tackled international efforts of counterterrorism and the illegal migration issue at the Bundestag headquarters in Berlin on Monday, said Egyptian Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Radi in a statement.

Schäuble acclaimed President Sisi and praised the bilateral relations between both countries. He also affirmed his country’s support to Egypt’s efforts in achieving a comprehensive development, which has been seen over the last few years. Radi added.

The meeting also tackled the Egyptian efforts in disseminate the culture of forgiveness and freedom of belief, Radi said.

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Meeting the president

Meeting Sisi on Monday at Belle Vue presidential headquarters, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier commended the pivotal role played by Egypt to boost stability in the Middle East and Africa, especially with regard to combating illegal migration and terrorism.

Steinmeier also hailed the steps that Egypt adopted to reform its economy, and the mega national projects that are being extensively erected in the country.

He asserted Germany's keenness to support Egypt's development efforts in all fields through joint investments.

The meeting also tackled some regional and international issues of common interest, in particular the Libyan and Syrian crises, the spokesman said.

The two leaders also discussed the Palestinian cause, with both of them agreeing on the need to reach a just and comprehensive solution in accordance with relevant international terms of reference.

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Talks with Mercedes-Benz

Sisi stressed on Monday Egypt’s willingness to boost the exerted efforts in the car manufacturing sector, during a meeting with Mercedes-Benz’s vice president Eckart von Klaeden.

Sisi said that Egypt is seeking to attract more investors in this field, especially after the country’s implementation of the economic reform program.

He added during the meeting attended by Minister of Investment Sahar Nasr that Egypt is open to cooperate with Mercedes-Benz in light of the well-known German experience in this field.

For his part, Klaeden said that the company is keen on continuing its discussions with Egypt in light of the company's good experience in the Egyptian market. Klaeden praised the Egyptian efforts and reforms that encourage foreign investment and promote the process of localizing modern technological industries.

Both sides discussed Mercedes-Benz’s upcoming strategy regarding cooperating with Egypt to develop Public transportation with its various means and vehicles.

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The opening of the CwA

Sisi gave a speech at the opening of the CwA on Tuesday, during which he said that development in Africa will have its impact on the Mediterrenean region and will achieve mutual interests.



“As protectionism is ascending and slowdown of global trade is arising, African states are likely to suffer the most, particularly in light of problems like debts, poverty, climate change, and diseases. Africa’s location, resources, continental free trade agreement, and rise of intra-continental trade still make it an attractive investment destination,” Sisi stressed.

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Military cooperation

Sisi received in his residence in Berlin German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as they agreed to reinforce channels of consultation and coordination over regional matters of mutual interest and supraregional impact.

Both parties examined updates on the Syrian and Libyan crises and achieved congruence over the unity, territorial integrity, and cohesion of the national institutions of those states. They also agreed to develop existing military cooperation.

Sisi expressed Egypt’s eagerness “to extend cooperation with Germany in the fields of security, countering terrorism, and combating illegal migration in light of the major challenges facing the Middle East.”

On her side, Kramp-Karrenbauer expressed her appreciation for the growth in Egyptian-German relations, and the intensive coordination between both countries during the meetings of Sisi and Merkel.

The minister asserted the necessity to bolster the military and security aspect of the bilateral relations, particularly in countering terrorism, praising the Egyptian efforts on that front.

Business agreements

On the sidelines of the CwA, Egypt’s Minister of Investment Sahar Nasr and her German counterpart, Gerd Müller, signed €300 billion agreements on Tuesday.

The signed agreements included two financial and technical cooperation agreements worth €44.9 million for FY2017, aiming to finance several projects in the fields of energy, rehabilitation of schools, education, employment promotion, small and medium enterprises, urban infrastructure and promotion of labor market access.

Additionally, two financial and technical cooperation agreements worth €101 million for FY2018 were signed to support projects in the fields of energy, SMEs, private sector innovation, drinking water and sanitation management, solid waste management, social development and employment.

A €151.5 million protocol for FY2019 was signed between Egypt and Germany to finance several projects in the fields of electricity, renewable energy, technical education and employment, innovation in the private sector and small and medium enterprises.

Moreover, Nasr and Christine Bock, regional commissioner for the Middle East and Maghreb countries at the German Foreign Office, signed €2 million grant for the Ministry of State for Migration and Egyptian Affairs Abroad.

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Basic and technical education

Sisi expressed his aspiration to develop prospects for cooperation with Germany in the field of basic and technical education, during his meeting with German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller on the same day.

Sisi said that Egypt is keen on benefiting from the German education system.

For his part, Müller assured his country’s keenness on enhancing cooperation with Egypt in all fields.

Müller praised Egypt’s economic reforms, saying that the country enjoys qualifications that drive it to success. He added that Egypt plays a key role in the MENA region to maintain stability and security.

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Meeting Merkel

On Wednesday, Sisi met with Chancellor Merkel, during which the latter praised the two countries' relations and cooperation, describing it as “unprecedented.”

"Egypt is one of Germany’s main partners in the Middle East as it plays a key role in maintaining stability and security in the region," Merkel said.

For his part, Sisi praised the qualitative leap witnessed by the bilateral relations between Egypt and Germany in all fields.

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Counterterrorism

Sisi on the same day received German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer at the former's residence in Berlin.

During the meeting, Sisi affirmed that combating terrorism and extremist ideology with the aim of achieving security and stability is part of human rights that each state must guarantee through actual practices on the ground.

Sisi also highlighted the need for the international community to support counterterrorism efforts for the benefit of humanity and for a better future for next generations.

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Boosting German investments

Germany's Economy Minister Peter Altmaier expressed his country’s appreciation to the bilateral relations with Egypt in the economic field, and voiced readiness for further bilateral cooperation, in a meeting with Sisi.

The German minister praised Egypt’s special stance and significant role in the region, which contribute to achieving stability and progress in the region. He voiced Germany’s commitment to continue its partnership with Egypt.

Altmaier stressed his country's keenness to boost cooperation and joint projects between the two countries, and pumping further investments in Egypt.

Sisi, for his part, hailed the special level of relations between Egypt and Germany in various fields, which allows further bilateral cooperation especially in the economic aspect.

He also praised the joint economic committee for its important role in increasing cooperation opportunities between the two countries in the economic field and investments. He expressed aspiration to attract further German investments to the African country.

The meeting reviewed aspects of joint cooperation between the two countries, in light of the continuous growth of Egyptian-German trade and economic relations, noting that Egypt is Germany's third largest trading partner in the Middle East.

It also dealt with the huge positive developments witnessed by the Egyptian energy sector, and the efforts to transform Egypt into a regional center for the circulation and transference of energy. This opens the door for further cooperation between Egypt and Germany in various fields including renewable energy.

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Inviting German companies

Heads of many leading German companies hailed Sisi’s personal and periodical review of the measures taken to facilitate the work of German companies in Egypt, during a meeting with the Egyptian president attended by Altmaier.

The heads of the companies praised the remarkable growth of the Egyptian economy, sponsored by the efforts and procedures adopted by the Egyptian government in this regard. They referred to the implementation of giant national projects, which can make Egypt a significant developmental partner at the international level.

Sisi, for his part, expressed keenness to enhance bilateral relations of economic cooperation with German businessmen and companies, within a framework of mutual interests between the two countries.

The president also referred to a number of huge investment projects implemented in Egypt including the Suez Canal Area Development Project, which includes many major industrial and logistic areas.

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11/21/2019 11:19:15 AM
<![CDATA[Arab League hosts ministerial meeting on role of women in post-conflict communities]]>
In a statement released by the Arab League on Tuesday, Assistant Secretary General of the Arab League for Social Affairs Ambassador Haifa Abu Ghazala underlined the importance of the two-day meeting to achieve a more involvement of women in post-conflict communities.

Participants will share the lessons learned from different countries when it comes to planning for post-conflict reconstruction while taking into consideration gender equality, she said.

The European union is funding the joint project “Strengthening the capability in the Arab League Secretariat and its Member States to provide early warning and effective responses to impending regional crises, conflicts, and post-conflict situations, “under which this conference is organized, she pointed out.

Secretary General of the pan-Arab body will open the conference together with representatives from the UNDP and the European Union ambassador to Egypt. Ministers from the Arab region, policymakers, decision-makers, and representatives from civil society from the league member states including Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen will participate in the conference. Academics and researchers will also attend to share knowledge and best cross-regional practices related to post-conflict situations from the region and beyond.

The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) was the first global document to develop a link between gender, sustainable peace and security maintenance. In this context, the conference aims to discuss the current trends for women’s participation in social, economic, and political aspects at the regional level and to explore the ways that can enhance the ability of women in the Arab region to engage effectively in peace processes. In addition, the conference will encourage participants to share experiences and perspectives from different countries and suggest recommendations to promote the role of women in post-conflict countries.]]>
11/20/2019 10:27:55 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Germany to advance military cooperation ]]>
Both parties examined updates on the Syrian and Libyan crises and achieved congruence over the unity, territorial integrity, and cohesion of the national institutions of those states. They also agreed to develop existing military cooperation.

President Sisi expressed Egypt’s eagerness “to extend cooperation with Germany in the fields of security, countering terrorism, and combating illegal migration in light of the major challenges facing the Middle East,” the statement released by presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady read on Tuesday.

On her side, Kramp-Karrenbauer expressed her appreciation for the growth in Egyptian-German relations, and the intensive coordination between both countries during the meetings of Egyptian President Sisi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The minister asserted the necessity to bolster the military and security aspect of the bilateral relations, particularly in countering terrorism, praising the Egyptian efforts on that front.

On Monday, President Sisi met a delegation from the Federation of German Security and Defence Industries, asserting the need for expertise exchange in that sector. The meeting was attended by Military Production Minister Mohamed al-Assar and Chairman of the Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI) Abdel Moneim al-Taras.

The German and Egyptian parties discussed the possibility of joint manufacturing given the promising qualifications of the Egyptian Military Production Ministry and the AOI.

In May, Egypt received a third of four Type 209/1400 submarine from Germany. Mid-2018, Siemens AG accomplished co-building three gas-fired combined cycle power plants, which cost $6 billion and whose total combined capacity is 14.4 gigawatts.

In February, Investment and International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr stated that German investments in Egypt stand at $7.1 billion in different fields with some 1215 German companies operating in the country.

She detailed that such investments are in the fields of information technology, communication, agricultural services, manufacturing, petrochemicals, engineering and car industries, among others.

President Sisi arrived in Germany on Sunday to attend the G20-Initiative Compact with Africa (CwA) held on Tuesday. On the sidelines, he met with a number of German officials and delegations.

'Development in Africa achieves mutual interests': Sisi in G20 initiative

CAIRO- 19 November 2019: "Development in Africa will have its impact on the Mediterrenean region and will achieve mutual interests," President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said in his speech at the opening of the G20-Initiative Compact with Africa (CwA) held in Germany Tuesday.



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11/19/2019 4:32:31 PM
<![CDATA[Palestinian PM joins campaign showcasing Israeli violations against journalists ]]>
“Israel targets journalists to silence the voice of Palestine and the voice of truth. It was not enough to assassinate the eye of Muath Amarneh; they also savagely assaulted journalists backing him yesterday in Bethlehem. We salute the wide popular support to journalist Amarneh. We second that (move) and we want it to expand to communicate the voice of Palestine to the world. Also, light must be shed on the victims of the occupation. The latest of those is the Sawarka family whose house was shelled by the occupation killing eight men, two women, and five children. That is in addition to 26 martyrs who fell because of aggression against Gaza,” the Palestinian prime minister posted on his Facebook page on Monday.

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Muath Amarneh, 32, lost his left eye last Friday while documenting the clashes that occurred between Israel Border Police and Palestinians in Soref located northwestern Al-Khalil city, southern the West Bank occupied by Israel. Tens of Palestinians have been protesting for more than two weeks against the confiscation of lands belonging to Soref by Israeli authorities.

“After clashes had started, I was standing on the side while wearing the bullet proof jacket having the word ‘press’ and the helmet,” Amarneh told AFP while lying in a hospital and his eye covered with patch.

“Suddenly, I felt that something hit my eye. I thought it was a rubber bullet. I moved my hands in front of my eyes but could see nothing so I understood that a bullet hit my eye and that I lost sight,” Amarneh added.

The photojournalist explained that a two-centimeter fragment bullet penetrated his eye and lied a few millimeters from the brain. His cousin, Tarek, stated that Amarneh should have undergone a surgery to remove the fragment lying behind the eye but it was not possible as that could cause damage to the right eye or brain hemorrhage.

Palestinian journalists initiated online and offline campaigns to express solidarity with Amarneh, launching #MuathEye hashtag and posting their photos with their left eyes covered with patches. They also organized sit-ins in a number of cities in the West Bank.

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تحت هاشتاغ "عين معاذ، عين الحقيقة" إنطلقت من فلسطين حملة تضامن مع الصحفي معاذ عمارنة، 32 عاماً، الذي فقد عينه اليسرى برصاصة إسرائيلية خلال تغطيته مواجهات في الخليل. وتضامنا مع معاذ، قام كثيرون بنشر صورهم وقد غطوا أعينهم اليسرى باللاصق في إشارة إلى إصابته. ويؤكد معاذ الذي يتحدر من مخيم الدهيشة للاجئين الفلسطينيين في بيت لحم "أنه كان مستهدفا كصحافي." وقالت لجنة الحريات في نقابة الصحافيين الفلسطينيين "منذ بداية العام 2019 وحتى الأول من الشهر الحالي تم تسجيل 600 انتهاك للاحتلال الإسرائيلي بحق الصحافيين الفلسطينيين، بينها 60 إصابة خطيرة بالرصاص الحي."⁠ ⁠

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In Bethlehem, Israeli forces dismantled a sit-in by journalists near a military roadblock northern the city injuring seven, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Amarneh, who grew up at Dheisheh Refugee Camp southern Bethlehem, affirms he was deliberately shot because he is a journalist, asserting that targeting journalists has become dominant and ugly.

“The soldiers of occupation impeded my arrival to the protests site on Friday but one of them was on the ground and told the other mockingly let him go,” Amarneh stated, saying he believes that same soldier was the one who shot him.

The Freedoms Committee at the Palestinian Press Syndicate announced that 600 violations against Palestinian journalists have been recorded since the beginning of 2019 until November 1, including 60 live round injuries.

In Tulkaram city, around 250 journalists took part in a sit-in showing solidarity with Amarneh. “We demand an international investigation into all crimes against Palestinian journalists and not just into the case of Muath,” journalist Mein Shedid said.

The Palestinian Ministry of Information described what happened to Amarneh as “a persecution of truth guards,” accusing Israel of “disregarding all international laws.” Videos and photos of Amarneh bleeding right after he had been shot and his colleagues trying to clear him from the place went viral on social media.
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11/19/2019 3:42:09 PM
<![CDATA[House speaker asserts support to Yemen, promises to attend parl't opening]]>
Abdel Aal made the remarks during his meeting with a visiting high-level delegation of the Yemeni parliament under its Speaker Sultan al-Burkani on Tuesday.

The stability of Yemen is Egypt's stability as well, Abdel Aal said voicing support to the Yemeni people.

He added that Yemen is the safety valve and gateway of the Red Sea, describing it an inalienable strategic line for the region.

Egypt's House of Representatives is eager to offer all kind of assistance to the Yemeni people, speaker Abdel Aal said.

Abdel Aal said Burkani is a brother and dear friend whose accompanying delegation are welcome guests in their second home, Egypt.

He further asserted the need of restoring unity and stability in Yemen.]]>
11/19/2019 3:17:34 PM
<![CDATA[ ‘Development in Africa achieves mutual interests’: Sisi in G20 initiative ]]>
“As protectionism is ascending and slowdown of global trade is arising, African states are likely to suffer the most, particularly in light of problems like debts, poverty, climate change, and diseases. Africa’s location, resources, continental free trade agreement, and rise of intra-continental trade still make it an attractive investment destination,” President Sisi stressed.

President Abdel Fatah El Sisi and German President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Schäuble tackled international efforts of counterterrorism and the illegal migration issue at the Bundestag headquarters in Berlin on Monday, Egyptian Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Radi said in a statement. The meeting also tackled the Egyptian efforts in disseminate the culture of forgiveness and freedom of belief, Radi said.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier commended on Monday the pivotal role played by Egypt to boost stability in the Middle East and Africa, especially with regard to combating illegal migration and terrorism.

President Sisi held extended talks with his German counterpart, during which the Egyptian leader praised relations between Cairo and, which he said have strengthened to a high level over the past years.

Sisi also expressed his appreciation for Germany's handing over of an ancient 19th century Atlas. In October, Egyptian Culture Minister Inas Abdel Dayem received the ancient relic from Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his German counterpart Heiko Mass in the presence of Hisham Azmi, president of the Egyptian National Library and Archives.

Steinmeier also hailed the steps that Egypt adopted to reform its economy, and the mega national projects that are being extensively erected in the country. He asserted Germany's keenness to support Egypt's development efforts in all fields through joint investments.

The meeting also tackled some regional and international issues of common interest, in particular the Libyan and Syrian crises, the spokesman said. The two leaders also discussed the Palestinian cause, with both of them agreeing on the need to reach a just and comprehensive solution in accordance with relevant international terms of reference.

Since its launch in 2017, 12 African countries joined the initiative including Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia, according to the official website of the initiative.

In Berlin, the Compact with Africa High-Level Conference and G20 Investment Summit, which focuses on the German business with CwA countries, will convene on November 19. Two days later, Frankfurt will host a seminar that sheds light on investment opportunities and challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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11/19/2019 12:20:06 PM
<![CDATA[German president praises Cairo's role in regional stability]]>
This came during Steinmeier's meeting with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi at Belle Vue presidential headquarters in Berlin, a statement by Presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said on Monday.

The statement added that President Sisi held extended talks with his German counterpart, during which the Egyptian leader praised relations between Cairo and, which he said have strengthened to a high level over the past years.

Sisi also expressed his appreciation for Germany's handing over of an ancient 19th century Atlas.

In October, Egyptian Culture Minister Inas Abdel Dayem received the ancient relic from Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his German counterpart Heiko Mass in the presence of Hisham Azmi, president of the Egyptian National Library and Archives.

Steinmeier also hailed the steps that Egypt adopted to reform its economy, and the mega national projects that are being extensively erected in the country.

He asserted Germany's keenness to support Egypt's development efforts in all fields through joint investments.

The meeting also tackled some regional and international issues of common interest, in particular the Libyan and Syrian crises, the spokesman said.

The two leaders also discussed the Palestinian cause, with both of them agreeing on the need to reach a just and comprehensive solution in accordance with relevant international terms of reference.]]>
11/19/2019 5:05:22 AM
<![CDATA[Putin to visit Egypt next year: Russian envoy]]>
He added that Moscow and Cairo are contacting to hold the leaders’ anticipated summit, noting that it has been agreed that two summits would be held annually.

"We are in contact with our Egyptian friends in regard to preparations for our president’s visit because [Moscow and Cairo] actually agreed to hold summits every year, in fact, twice a year, in Russia and Egypt. I think a meeting will take place in Egypt next year. The visit will mark important developments in our strategic partnership with Egypt," Bogdanov told TASS.

During his participation in the 2019 Russian-African Summit in Russian city of Sochi in October, President Sisi invited Putin to attend the ceremony of laying the foundation stone of Dabaa nuclear power plant.

Sisi and Putin met nearly eleven times since 2014. Their last two summits were during April and June 2019 during the G20 summit in Japan and the Belt and Road Summit in Beijing, respectively.

On November 12, 2019, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited Egypt and met with President Sisi, announcing that his country is ready to boost the strength of the Egyptian Armed Forces' defense capabilities.
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11/18/2019 7:26:36 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Bundestag President discuss counter-terrorism, migration]]>
President Sisi is visiting Berlin to participate in G20-Initiative Compact with Africa (CwA), which aims at supporting economic cooperation between Africa and G20 countries through joint projects.

Schäuble acclaimed President Sisi and praised the bilateral relations between both countries. He also affirmed his country’s support to Egypt’s efforts in achieving a comprehensive development, which has been seen over the last few years. Radi added.

The meeting also tackled the Egyptian efforts in disseminate the culture of forgiveness and freedom of belief, Radi said.

During his visit, President Sisi would meet with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and German Chancellor Angela.

Since its launch in 2017, 12 African countries joined the initiative including Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia, according to the official website of the initiative.

In Berlin, the Compact with Africa High-Level Conference and G20 Investment Summit, which focuses on the German business with CwA countries, will convene on November 19. Two days later, Frankfurt will host a seminar that sheds light on investment opportunities and challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Sisi's 4th visit to Germany: harmonious visions, diverse cooperation

CAIRO - 18 November 2019: President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has made his fourth visit to Germany, this time to take part in the G20 Compact with Africa initiative that is led by Berlin, with the aim of supporting economic cooperation between Africa and G20 countries through joint projects.




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11/18/2019 6:23:24 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi's 4th visit to Germany: harmonious visions, diverse cooperation]]>
According to the CwA, the initiative will witness the participation of "reform-minded African countries, international organizations and bilateral partners from G20 and beyond."

The initiative seeks to "coordinate country-specific reform agendas, support respective policy measures and advertise investment opportunities to private investors," the CwA said on its website.

Following June 30 revolution against the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated former President Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian relations with Germany, along with many other countries, had been strained. However, diplomatic, and subsequently economic relations with Germany have been restored in a short time.

Biarritz G7 summit

Sisi also met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in August this year on the sidelines of the G7 summit held in Biarritz, France.

Chancellor Merkel reiterated that Egypt is considered one of Germany's key partners in the Middle East.

Merkel confirmed her country's keenness to discuss with Egypt the regional and international political dossiers, underscoring Egypt's position as a cornerstone for security and stability in the Middle East, Africa and the Mediterranean region.

Sisi, in June, also met with Merkel as well as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman, Argentina's President Mauricio Macri and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit held in Osaka, Japan.

Munich Security Policy Conference

This last meeting between the two leaders was in February this year. During the visit, Sisi met with Merkel on the sidelines of the Munich Security Policy Conference.

Sisi affirmed Egypt’s willingness to further develop more interaction especially with Egypt’s chairmanship of the African Union and Germany’s membership at the UN Security Council.

He also stressed the importance of adding to the positive outcomes of the visit by Germany’s Minister of Economy and Energy to Cairo on head of a delegation of representatives from major Germany companies.

The statement added that the meeting witnessed talks in a number of issues of common concern and the continuous development of relations between the two countries, especially economically, pointing out that a number of hulking German firms like Mercedes have decided to continue their business in Egypt.

The meeting also touched on a number of regional and international crises, including the crisis in Libya and Syria and Egypt’s vision towards boosting African cooperation in light of Egypt’s. The Egyptian President also suggested that Germany can initiate economic trilateral projects between Egypt, Germany and the African continent.

Talking Libya, Sudan

Sisi received in April this year a phone call from Merkel, in which they discussed the escalation in both of Sudan and Libya.

According to a statement issued by spokesman Bassam Radi, Sisi and Merkel discussed a number of regional issues. Sisi highlighted the significance of the unity and stability of Libya as well as Egypt's support of efforts aiming at combating terror groups and extremist militias which pose threats not only to Libya but to the Middle Eastern and European countries.

For her part, Merkel expressed her country's keenness on reaching a political solution to the Libyan crisis in light of a dialogue among the Libyan parties and stressed the importance of the efforts targeting to end the deterioration of conditions in the Arab country.

Moreover, Sisi asserted that Egypt is closely following up conditions in Sudan, pointing out that Egypt backs the choices of the Sudanese people without interfering in the African country's internal affairs.

G20's investment forum in Berlin

Merkel, on the sidelines of the G20's investment forum in Berlin in October, described Egypt as a role model for stability in the Middle East, praising the African country’s “leading role” in development, combating terrorism and illegal immigration.

The German chancellor affirmed her country’s support for Egypt’s economic reform program, and lauded the achievements made in this regard, Egyptian Presidency spokesman Radi said.

Merkel also stressed the German companies’ keenness to enhance cooperation with Egypt, increase their activity in the country and strengthen current investments during the next period, Radi said.

Concerning Egypt’s efforts in achieving stability in the region, Merkel expressed her country's appreciation for the Egyptian efforts in combating terrorism and illegal immigration, saying that "Egypt has succeeded in dealing with these two phenomena and achieved great successes," Radi added. She also confirmed her country's readiness to strengthen cooperation with Egypt in this field.

The two officials also discussed the latest developments in the Palestinian cause and ways to advance peace process in the Middle East to achieve a lasting and just settlement based on relevant international resolutions and references.

In a press conference following the joint talks between Sisi and Merkel, the former praised the bilateral relations between the two countries, saying they represent “a diverse partnership in various fields.”

During the first term of elected President, Sisi, Merkel received Sisi in Berlin in June, 2015, marking the end of strained relations, while a number of protests have been launched in support of Sisi in Berlin, according to Berlin police.

During Sisi's historical visit, an €8 billion ($9.1 billion) deal was signed with German Siemens AG to build gas and wind power plants in Egypt. According to media reports, it is the largest single order in Siemen's history.

In January 2017, Sisi spoke with Merkel, where they discussed cooperation in counter-terrorism efforts. The two officials also discussed a future visit by Merkel to Cairo, said a statement by the Egyptian Presidency Office.

In March of the same year, Merkel visited the Egyptian capital, where she discussed with President Sisi issues including illegal migration, terrorism and the latest developments in the region.

Following the meeting, Sisi praised, in a press conference, the development of the relations between the two states in various fields.

Merkel expressed appreciation for the long term bilateral relations, which have lasted for about 61 years, affirming that Germany is one of Egypt's major trade and investment partners.
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11/18/2019 4:15:06 PM
<![CDATA[Initial approval of draft law on employee drug use]]>
The MPs' meeting saw a split between members over the immediate dismissal of the drug addict or their gradual punishment by suspending them from work until treatment is completed and then finally dismissing them if they return to abuse.

Most deputies and representatives of the ministries agreed to apply the gradual penalty;the final decision will be made later.

For his part, Maraghisaid if it is proven by the forensic medicine test that an employee is taking drugs, they are dismissed immediately.

On the other hand, MP Abdel Fattah Mohamed,secretary of the Parliament's Workforce Committee,stressed the importance of the legislation as it will deter drug abuse which greatly undermines the interest of the citizens and the homeland.

SolafDarwish, deputy of the Manpower Committee, and Mohamed Wahb Allah, a member of thecommittee, both agreed with applying a gradual penaltyon drug users, explaining that immediate dismissal of an employee is also a punishmentfor their family.

Meanwhile, MP Mohamed Fouadlauded the draft law and stated that an employee who uses drugs should be immediately dismissedfrom work, saying "Drug users should bear the consequencesof theiractions."

According to Article (39) of the Penal Code, the penalty for drug abuse is imprisonment for a period not less than a year and a fine of not less than LE 1,000, and not more than LE 3,000, parliamentarian John Talat said in October 2018.

He added that the Ministry of Social Solidarity spends millions on awareness campaigns, advertisements about the dangers of addiction and on providing food and drinks for imprisoned users.

Furthermore, Minister of Social Solidarity GhadaWali said in January that the rate of drug abuse and addiction in Egypt is twice the global rates, adding that the ministry launched a media campaign to face the phenomenon of driving under the influence of drugs among school bus drivers.
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11/18/2019 1:08:00 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi to Meet German President, Visit Bundestag Monday]]>
On the sidelines of the G20 Compact with Africa meetings (CwA), Sisi will then head to the German presidential residence for talks with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The Egyptian president will then take part in a meeting between the German president and presidents and prime ministers from countries participating in the CwA.

Sisi will also participate in a working dinner hosted by the German President on Monday evening for the leaders of the countries participating in the meetings.

Sisi arrived in Berlin on Sunday to participate in the high-level dialogue of CwA. Egypt's new Ambassador to Berlin Khaled Galal stated that Sisi would attend the dialogue and hold a meeting with a number of German companies in various fields, besides Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Egyptian state-owned news Agency MENA reported.
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11/18/2019 11:18:23 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt's human rights report internationally hailed: media]]>
This echos earlier reports saying that diplomatic responses to Egypt’s interactive dialogue on its human rights situation have reportedly thus far been positive at the UPR.

Egypt’s presentation was attended by many diplomatic and non-governmental delegations, as well as media outlets.

Only Turkey sent recommendation regarding the death of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, which is inconsistent with the statement issued by the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, as only one state issued a recommendation on the issue, which indicates that its report was unprofessional and not based on facts.

Refuting doubts about the death of Morsi, Egyptian Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Omar Marwan has told AFP in an interview that Morsi's death took place naturally, during a trial.

“Morsi died in the courtroom in front of everybody,” Marawan told AFP, rejecting a statement issued last week by an independent panel of UN experts.

However, according to Marawan, the general prosecution is still investigating his death and will announce the results as soon as they are reached.

Morsi, who belonged to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, was overthrown after a year in power following a popular uprising.

A number of 14 countries demanded that Egypt abolish the death penalty, during the final communiqué to discuss the Universal Periodic Review report submitted by Egypt to the UN Human Rights Council on human rights situation in the African country, local media reported.

They also called for amending legislations in line with international human rights standards concerning the death penalty.

Some of the countries demanding abolishing the death penalty, called for a moratorium on the death penalty, with a view to cancelling it, in accordance with national legislation.

They also emphasized non-sentencing those who committed a crime deserving the death penalty when they were minors.

The member states also recommended stopping restricting the work of civil society organizations by amending legislation, especially the law on demonstrations, and called for strengthening mechanisms for dialogue and cooperation with NGOs.

They expressed concern over travel bans and asset freezes on civil society organizations, and demanded ending the foreign funding lawsuit no. 173.

Some countries also urged ensuring the right to sexuality and ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
 
Egypt also received a demand by 10 countries to extend an open invitation to the special rapporteurs, especially those concerned with freedom of opinion and expression.

Full statement of Egypt's delegation head during 3rd UPR session at UNHCR

CAIRO - 13 November 2019: Head of Egypt's delegation Omar Marwan to its 3rd Universal Periodic Review session gave a speech on Wednesday regarding Egypt's record of human rights in light of its response to previous session's recommendations and obligations, at the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR).


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11/17/2019 3:51:48 PM
<![CDATA[Parliament to discuss EBRD grant to purchase new trains]]>
The lawmakers will tackle a joint report by the transport and economic committees on the 2019 decree. The grant was agreed upon by EBRD and the Ministry of Investment on Aug. 19, 2019 to renovate trains.

The 555,343 euro grant will be directed to purchase about 100 new trains for the Egyptian National Railways (ENR). A specialist adviser has been appointed to help ENR in the purchases, especially in preparing technical specifications, procurement and manage contracts.
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11/17/2019 3:43:19 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi in Berlin to take part in G20-Initiative Compact with Africa]]>
Egypt's new Ambassador to Berlin Khaled Galal stated that President Sisi will attend the dialogue and hold a meeting with a number of German companies in various fields, the Egyptian state-owned news Agency MENA reported.

"President Sisi will hold a series of meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Schäuble," he added.

"A number of agreements will be signed between Egypt and Germany on financial and technical cooperation. This is addition to a cooperative project between the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and the German Bundestag that will provide €12 million to upgrade and develop the Egyptian Akhenaton Museum in Minya," the ambassador revealed.

As per former remarks by Head of Project Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities Waad Abul Elaa in July 2019, the museum is still under construction and is set to be inaugurated by 2020.

Ambassador Galal also said an agreement regarding Kärcher Project will be inked as Egypt will get the cleaning equipment needed for its streets.

Dozens of Egyptian expatriates mobbed Sisi’s residence in Berlin to welcome him, Egyptian channel Extra News reported.



Egyptian presidential spokesperson Bassam Radi said the Compact with Africa (CwA) aims at supporting ways of economic cooperation between African countries and the G-20 member states.

Since its launch in 2017, 12 African countries joined the initiative including Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia, according to the official website of the initiative.

In Berlin, the Compact with Africa High-Level Conference and G20 Investment Summit, which focuses on the German business with CwA countries, will convene on November 19. Two days later, Frankfurt will host a seminar that sheds light on investment opportunities and challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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11/17/2019 1:59:13 PM
<![CDATA[Bucharest University praises Sisi's development initiatives]]>
This comes as President Sisi met a delegation from the university on Saturday, one of Romania's most significant educational institutions, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.

The Bucharest University in June conferred an honorary doctorate on Sisi, during his official visit to Romania as part of a European tour.

The president, on Saturday, welcomed the Romanian academic delegation in Cairo, headed by the university president, and asked to convey his greetings to President Klaus Iohannis.

Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar was also present at the meeting.

Sisi praised the growing relations between the two countries over more than a century, including his last visit to Romania in June. Sisi also expressed thanks and gratitude to the university for granting him the honorary doctorate during that visit.

The delegation referred to the president's efforts in carrying out deep structural reforms at the national level in the economic and social fields. The delegation also hailed Sisi's launch of huge national projects in various sectors in the state, which contributed to improving the services provided to citizens.

The delegation members referred to the significant role of the president in enhancing bilateral relations between Egypt and Romania, especially at the academic and cultural levels.

They praised Sisi's keenness to carry out comprehensive development for the local education system and raise the efficiency of the higher education through a series of development projects, including the establishment of a number of technological and technical universities.

The meeting also discussed ways of enhancing cooperation in the field of education and culture between Egypt and Romania, especially through the exchange of scientific researches and scholarships, as well as reaching agreements to facilitate academic cooperation between the University of Bucharest and a number of Egyptian universities in similar sectors.

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The university in June also valued the president's active contribution to the promotion of peace and cooperation at the international level and his pioneering efforts to formulate a comprehensive international framework to combat terrorism and extremist ideology, Radi said, as well as his leading efforts in Egypt to combat and contain terrorism.]]>
11/17/2019 1:27:20 PM
<![CDATA[PM underscores importance of tablet's technology transfer to Egypt]]>
He made his statements on Saturday in a meeting held to follow up efforts to transfer that technology in the presence of Education Minister Tarek Shawqi, Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Communications Minister Amr Talaat and officials of some bodies concerned, among others.

Madbouli directed the ministers of education and military production to submit a joint memo to the cabinet on the results of negations with major global companies to start manufacturing tablets in Egypt.

Cabinet Spokesman Nadr Saad said the meeting touched upon the applying electronic system for exams in Egyptian universities within two years.]]>
11/17/2019 12:15:47 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi heads to Berlin to attend G20 Compact with Africa meetings]]>
The G20 Compact with Africa initiative aims to support economic cooperation between Africa and G20 countries through joint projects that contribute to accelerating development in the continent, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.

The initiative was launched by Germany in 2017 during its presidency of the G20 summit, with the aim of supporting development and attracting investment in the African countries, Radi added.

Sisi is scheduled to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, within the framework of strengthening bilateral relations between Egypt and Germany in various fields.

They are also set to exchange views on the developments of regional and international issues of mutual concern.

The President will also meet with business leaders and heads of major German industrial companies, as part of Egypt's strategy to encourage investment, promote comprehensive development efforts, and review the developments of economic reform in Egypt and updates of the implementation of development projects underway.

Sisi on Friday received a telephone call from German Chancellor Angela Merkel where they exchanged visions on key regional and international issues, Radi said.

The two leaders discussed the Libyan issue, Radi said, adding that Merkel affirmed her keenness to know about the president's vision on the developments of the Libyan issue, in light of Egypt's pivotal role in the region and its chairmanship of the African Union this year.

In October, head of the international vocational training program at the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) Thomas Rolf said he expects the G20 Compact with Africa, held to promote private investment in Africa, will help increase cooperation between the German companies and Egypt.

The G20 Compact with Africa’s primary objective is to increase attractiveness of private investment through substantial improvements of the macro, business and financing frameworks. The Berlin-hosted event brings together reform-minded African countries, international organizations and bilateral partners from G20 and beyond to coordinate country-specific reform agendas, support respective policy measures and advertise investment opportunities to private investors.]]>
11/17/2019 11:05:18 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt to host 2nd round of GERD meetings on Dec. 2-3]]>
The first round of the meetings resumed on Saturday for the second day in a row, with participation of five representatives from the United States and the World Bank. Upon the outcomes of the Washington meeting on GERD on November 6, 2019, three countries have to hold the series of meetings to reach an agreement by January 15, 2020.

Abdel-Atti said that the three ministers discussed their proposals concerning the disputed technical issues.

During the first day of Addis Ababa meetings, Egypt affirmed that its proposal relies on the principles agreed on previously, said Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Atti in another statement on Saturday. He added that Egypt adheres to reaching a fair agreement on the technical issues.

“Egypt welcomed the participation of the US and WB brokers,” Abdel-Atti added, noting that a tremendous importance counts on this meeting to reach an agreement.

In his speech at the opening meeting, Ethiopian Minister of Water and Energy Seleshi Bekele invited Water Ministers of the other downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] along with the US and WB representatives to pay a field visit to the under-construction dam, several media outlets reported. He called upon the mediators to keep the negotiation process confidential.

Sudanese Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Yasser Abbas said in a statement on Thursday that Sudan’s stance towards the rules of filling the reservoir depends on the river hydrology concerning drought and rainwater seasons. He added that his country asked for an annual flow of 35 billion cubic meters of Nile water to the downstream countries over the period of reservoir filling.

As per the Egyptian proposal, 40 billion cubic meters of water should be allowed to reach the other two countries. Meanwhile, Ethiopia has proposed 31 billion cubic meters, said Abbas.



Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its water share [55.5 billion cubic meters] after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011. A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began in 2014. One year later, the three countries signed the Declaration of Principles, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam.

However, Cairo has recently blamed Addis Ababa for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem, calling for activating the Article No. 10 of the Declaration of Principles, which stipulates that if the three countries could not find a solution to these differences, they have to ask for mediation.

Later, the United States sent an invitation to the three countries to resume the talks. Meetings were held with Foreign and Water Ministers of Egypt and Upper stream countries, in presence of United States Secretary of Treasure Steven Mnuchin and a representative from the World Bank,.

President Donald Trump praised a meeting with top representatives from the three countries, saying on his Twitter that it “went well and discussions will continue during the day!”

President Abdel Fatah El Sisi also lauded the constructive and pivotal role played by President Trump and the US, which reflects the depth of the strategic relations between Egypt and the United States, saying that this would contribute to reaching an agreement on the filling and operation of GERD and promoting stability and development in the East Africa region.
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11/16/2019 8:03:17 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi's UAE visit marks new phase of partnership: paper]]>
The final communique of the visit underlined close viewpoints shared by both countries towards regional issues, added the newspaper.

The newspaper added that strong Egyptian-UAE relations are in no need of assertion, adding that challenges that are currently facing Arab countries require coordination.

It highlighted president Sisi's frequent confirmation that the Arab Gulf's security is a red line and an integral part of Egypt's security.

The newspaper said that the visit saw the inking of three cooperation agreements along with introducing a $20bn platform for strategic investment.]]>
11/16/2019 11:22:56 AM
<![CDATA[Discussing Egypt’s progress in road quality ]]>
On a scale from 1 (lowest road quality) to 7 (highest road quality), the World Economic Forum provided data about Egypt’s road status, with average value for Egypt during that period was 3.47 points with a minimum of 2.74 points in 2013 and a maximum of 5.1 points in 2019.

Road traffic accidents rate continued to rise in Egypt until in 2016, when the rate went from 14,710 to 8,480 in 2018. The fatalities caused the by the accidents also declined by 50.5 percent in 2018 reaching 3,087, compared to 6,236 in 2014. This coincided with progress made in Egypt’s national projects to renovate old roads, and construct new road networks in a bid to facilitate mobility, and meet international safety standards.

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Part of accomplished roads in national road network project - Filephoto


Since 2014, Egypt has started in constructing 7,000 km as part of the national road network project, where it finalized 4.5 thousand km worth L.E. 75 billion within two phases, said Minister of Transport Kamel el-Wazeer.

Total investments by Transport Ministry in roads and bridges during the period from 2014 to 2018 account to L.E. 32 billion, including the National Road Network project of length 1,100 km, and worth L.E.19 billion.

A total of 1.5 thousand km is under construction as part of the third phase of the national road project, in addition to additional 1.2 thousand km, where the length of the road network is planned to reach 30.5 thousand km.

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Part of accomplished roads in national road network project - Filephoto


Calls to adopt a strategy to keep maintenance of the new roads were made by parliamentarians, who demanded the government to adopt international technical standards to preserve the project for its contribution in advancing investment environment and economic growth rates.

Despite progress in many countries, road accidents' deaths continue to rise, with an annual 1.35 million fatalities. Road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of children and young people aged 5-29 years. "This is an unacceptable price to pay for mobility," said World Health Organization.

Emad Nabil, a transport expert and consultant, told Al-Ahram newspaper in April that a major reason behind the decline in accidents’ rate is that cargo vehicles or trucks are separated from private vehicles.


Decade of Action

With Road traffic injuries are a leading cause of deaths and hospitalization in Egypt, the country is one of 10 countries enrolled in a UN program called “Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020,” with a goal to stabilize and then reduce the forecast level of road traffic fatalities around the world by increasing activities conducted at national, regional and global levels.

By the end of this year, Egypt should be evaluating its progress on the decade of action program along with the other nine countries locally, and also internationally as the third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety is set to take place in Sweden in February 2020.

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Illustration shows deaths as a result of injury per year exceeding rate of infection with serious diseases. Photo taken from a 2014 report by World Health Organization on Injury prevention.


On the top of a list containing 29 types of incidents resulting in injury in Egypt, traffic crashes are responsible for 53.3 percent of the total. Around 3 percent of the road injuries suffer disability, head of the Central Administration for Critical and Urgent Care (CACUC).
Khaled El-Khateeb said in a previous interview in 2017.

“Unfortunately, victims of traffic injuries are mostly youth,” El-Khateeb said, adding that one of the main long-term projects he seeks to adopt is establishing trauma centers on highways.

By 2030, road traffic injuries are predicted to become the 7th leading cause of death, according WHO.

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Causes of death of women and men according to WHO report - WHO statistics 2019


According to a recent WHO overview of world health statistics in 2019, deaths from road traffic injuries are among five indicators that saw stalled progress worldwide.

"Whether we travel as pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists or drivers, all of us - as parents, students, employees, volunteers and concerned citizens – can be leaders for road safety. When the right to a safe journey is a priority, everybody wins!," read a May statement by WHO.]]>
11/16/2019 12:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt stresses constitution grants freedom of expression, laws against violations ]]>
Marawan further stressed that some so-called human rights organizations are relying on their reports on the testimonies and tales of people of certain trends and agendas.

During the interview, Marawan also stressed that Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed Morsi had died a natural death in the courtroom.

“Morsi died in the courtroom in front of everybody,” Marawan told AFP, rejecting a statement issued last week by an independent panel of UN experts.

However, according to Marawan, the general prosecution is still investigating his death and will announce the results as soon as they are reached.

Morsi, who belonged to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, was overthrown after a year in power following a popular uprising.

Marwan told AFP that UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Agnes Callamard had “committed a violation” of UN rules of engagement.

This, he said, was because she had requested details from the Egyptian authorities on Morsi’s detention conditions, giving them 60 days to respond, but then went ahead and issued her statement “without waiting for the correct information from the authorities”.

“That is a violation.”

He said he would leave it up to UN authorities to determine whether or not she should be asked to resign.

“They are hearing witnesses about what happened and they are waiting for the technical results,” he said, adding that the authorities would “publish the results of the investigation.”

According to Marawan, the Egyptian government adheres to its international human rights commitments, pointing out to the implementation of several recommendations adopted by the previous Universal Periodic Review session in 2014.

Earlier, the Egyptian parliament's foreign relations committee said that Egypt has been the target of systematic campaigns to tarnish the country's image with respect to human rights.]]>
11/15/2019 3:49:13 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Merkel talk regional developments, situation in Libya]]>
The two leaders discussed the Libyan issue, Radi said, adding that Merkel affirmed her keenness to know about the president's vision on the developments of the Libyan issue, in light of Egypt's pivotal role in the region and its chairmanship of the African Union this year.

The Libyan issue has been one of the main points Sisi has focused on in the talks with world leaders, including Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

On Thursday, President Sisi and Mohamed bin Zayed highlighted the importance of countering terrorism in Libya due to the danger of the spread of armed terrorist organizations in the country.

In this regard, the two sides highlighted Egypt's role in combating terrorism and reiterated the commitment to cooperate in combating terrorism and extremism.

Sisi and Johnson, earlier in November, In addition, discussed the latest developments on several regional issues of mutual concern, topped by the situation in Libya and Syria, Egypt's counter-terrorism efforts and means of preserving African peace and security in light of Egypt's current presidency of the AU.
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11/15/2019 3:22:34 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Abu Dhabi CP talk counter-terrorism, navigation freedom]]>
The two sides hailed the special level of cooperation between Egypt and the UAE, and discussed counter-terrorism efforts, a mutual statement read. They also affirmed the need to secure freedom of navigation and reach political solution to the crises in the region.

They discussed ways to enhance bilateral relation through intensifying talks and coordination between the two countries on the issues of common concern. They also affirmed the importance of exploring the chances between the two countries to serve the interests of the peoples of both countries.

Sisi and Mohamed bin Zayed also discussed economic relations and praised the level of economic progress achieved between the two countries, as Egypt is considered the UAE's largest trade partner in Africa.

The volume of trade exchange in 2018 reached $5.5 billion. They called for enhancing economic cooperation.

They also praised the Riyadh agreement between the Yemeni government and the Southern Traditional Council, to facilitate a political settlement in the Arab country.

They also highlighted the importance of countering terrorism in Libya due to the danger of the spread of armed terrorist organizations in the country.

In this regard, the two sides highlighted Egypt's role in combating terrorism and reiterated the commitment to cooperate in combating terrorism and extremism.

They also affirmed UAE's sovereignty over the three UAE Islands of The Tunbs and Abu Musa held by Iran, affirming the need to resolve the issue in a peaceful manner through negotiations or the International Court of Justice.

The two Arab leaders also discussed the Palestinian cause and affirmed the rights of Palestinian people in establishing their independent with East Jerusalem as its capital, on the 1967 borders. ]]>
11/15/2019 12:59:55 PM
<![CDATA[Lebanon protesters angered by PM pick]]>
According to senior officials speaking on condition of anonymity and Lebanese press reports, key political players agreed that Mohammed Safadi should be tasked with forming the next government.

Outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned on October 29, nearly two weeks into the unprecedented nationwide protests demanding the wholesale removal of a ruling elite seen as corrupt and incompetent.

President Michel Aoun has said he will support the formation of a government including technocrats but he has not yet announced consultations over a new line-up and there was no official confirmation that Safadi had been designated.

Demonstrators in his hometown of Tripoli wasted no time in rejecting Safadi, however, and gathered in front of one of his properties to protest against a reported nomination they regard as a provocation.

"Choosing Mohammed Safadi for prime minister proves that the politicians who rule us are in a deep coma, as if they were on another planet," said Jamal Badawi, 60.

Another protester said that as a business tycoon and former minister, Safadi was an embodiment of the kind of political class the protest movement wants to remove.

"He's an integral part of this leadership's fabric," said Samer Anous, a university professor. "Safadi does not meet the aspirations of the popular uprising in Lebanon."

Second city Tripoli has been one of the main hubs of the month-old protest movement, with nightly rallies in its main squares.

A protest was planned in the afternoon at Zaytuna Bay, a luxury marina in central Beirut which is run by a company Safadi chairs.]]>
11/15/2019 12:41:59 PM
<![CDATA[German parliament enshrines climate protection in law]]>
The aim is to ensure Germany, Europe's largest economy, reaches its goal of cutting German greenhouse gas emissions to 55% of the 1990 level by 2030.
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11/15/2019 12:37:36 PM
<![CDATA[FMs of Egypt, Jordan, Iraq to meet in Amman]]>
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Jordanian and Iraqi counterparts Ayman Safadi and Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim held a meeting on Thursday in Washington on the sidelines of the meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. They reviewed ways of activating cooperation within the framework of the trilateral cooperation mechanism.

It was agreed last month that the three foreign ministers will hold a tripartite meeting early November in Amman, in preparation for holding a tripartite summit between President Abdel Fatah El Sisi, Jordanian King Abdullah II and Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi in Baghdad, said the Jordanian ministry.

On his official Twitter account, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said that the meeting affirmed the three parties agree on continuing their cooperation mechanism. The date of the tripartite meeting on the ministerial level was not announced yet.




In March 2019, the Egyptian Presidential Palace hosted a trilateral summit between the three leaders who reviewed means of enhancing the tripartite cooperation in various fields.

In case you missed it …

Egypt, Jordon, Iraq publish joined statement at end of tripartite summit

CAIRO - 24 March 2019: This afternoon, the Presidential Palace hosted a trilateral summit between President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, King Abdullah II of Jordan and the Prime Minister of Iraq Adel Abdul-Mahdi. Presidential Spokesperson, Bassam Rady, said that the talks dealt with reviewing the means of enhancing the tripartite cooperation in various fields within the framework of the historical and distinguished relations that unite the three countries.




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11/15/2019 11:42:04 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt, UAE satisfied with outcomes of Washington meetings on Ethiopia’s dam]]>
Both leaders highlighted the significance of reaching an agreement that secures the rights of the Nile Basin countries and avoids any harm to their water interests, the communique added.

Coincidently, the first round of a four-meeting series between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam convenes on Friday in Addis Ababa, stated the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation on Thursday.

Held with the participation of the US and World Bank representatives, the first round will last for two days, during which water ministers of the three countries will discuss the disputed rules of the dam's operation and filling with Nile water, the ministry's statement read.

The meetings are being held upon the outcomes of the Washington meeting on GERD on November 6, 2019 to reach an agreement between the three countries by January 15, 2020.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its water share after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011. A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began in 2014.

One year later, the three countries signed the Declaration of Principles, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam.

However, Cairo has recently blamed Addis Ababa for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem, calling for activating Article No. 10 of the Declaration of Principles, which stipulates that if the three countries could not find a solution to these differences, they have to ask for mediation.

Later the US sent an invitation to the three countries to resume the talks; meetings were held with the foreign ministers and water ministers of Egypt and Upper stream countries, in the presence of United States Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin and a representative from the World Bank.

President Donald Trump praised on Wednesday a meeting with top representatives from the three countries, saying on his Twitter that it “went well and discussions will continue during the day!”

President Sisi also lauded the constructive and pivotal role played by President Trump and the US, which reflects the depth of the strategic relations between Egypt and the United States, saying that this would contribute to reaching an agreement on the filling and operation of GERD, promoting stability and development in East Africa.

Additional reporting by Amr Moahmed Kandil
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11/15/2019 10:57:02 AM
<![CDATA[US, WB-brokered meeting on GERD convenes Friday ]]>
Held with the participation of the US and World Bank representatives, the first round will last for two days, during which water ministers of the three countries will discuss the disputed rules of the dam's operation and filling with Nile water, the ministry's statement read.

The meetings are being held upon the outcomes of the Washington meeting on GERD on November 6, 2019 to reach an agreement between the three countries by January 15, 2020.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its water share after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011. A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began in 2014.

One year later, the three countries signed the Declaration of Principles, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam.

However, Cairo has recently blamed Addis Ababa for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem, calling for activating Article No. 10 of the Declaration of Principles, which stipulates that if the three countries could not find a solution to these differences, they have to ask for mediation.

Later the US sent an invitation to the three countries to resume the talks; meetings were held with the foreign ministers and water ministers of Egypt and Upper stream countries, in the presence of United States Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin and a representative from the World Bank.

President Donald Trump praised on Wednesday a meeting with top representatives from the three countries, saying on his Twitter that it “went well and discussions will continue during the day!”

President Sisi also lauded the constructive and pivotal role played by President Trump and the US, which reflects the depth of the strategic relations between Egypt and the United States, saying that this would contribute to reaching an agreement on the filling and operation of GERD, promoting stability and development in East Africa.
Additional reporting by Amr Moahmed Kandil

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11/14/2019 5:35:03 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt made huge progress in promoting human rights, empowering women: prof.]]>
Abu Bakr referred to the fact that Egyptian women hold eight ministerial portfolios, representing around 25 percent of the Council of Ministers, in addition to ten women in peacekeeping forces, 600 police women, and a female presidential adviser. She also referred to Egypt’s efforts in criminalizing FGM and sexual harassment.

Concerning youth, Abu Bakr said that the state has 59 young people in the Parliament, 41 assistant ministers, and six assistant governors, and also referred to the World Youth Forum held annually under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

On tolerance and acceptance of the other, Abu Bakr pointed to the adoption of the law on building and renovating churches, which confirms a political will to ensure the right of religious freedom, face the extremist religious discourse, and remove parts of the school curriculum which may incite violence.

Concerning health and social rights, Abu Bakr pointed to the government's launch of the campaign to detect Hepatitis C, and the early detection of cancer, the issuance of the comprehensive health insurance law, and the demolition of slums and moving inhabitants to modern housing units.

Bakr said that there are five million refugees in Egypt who have been integrated into the Egyptian society, adding that the number of registered refugees and asylum seekers in Egypt reached 0.25 million from 55 countries.

She also stressed the success of Egypt's efforts to eradicate illegal immigration, echoing the leadership’s remarks that no immigration boat has left since 2016.

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For his part, Salah Salam, a member of the National Council for Human Rights, affirmed the need to continue efforts to eradicate terrorism and its sources of funding, as part of protecting human rights by securing people’s lives.

Salam referred to the terrorist acts throughout the past five years, including beheading Christian workers in Libya, targeting those cooperating with the armed forces in North Sinai, planting explosives in the Russian plane, damaging power towers and gas supply lines, as well as targeting churches, Christians, and even ambulance vehicles.

Submitting Egypt’s UPR, Mohamed Fayek, head of the National Council for Human Rights, said most of the countries' comments and reports on Egypt's human rights situation and report were generally fair and not hostile.

Fayek left for Geneva to attend the UPR of Egypt, before the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday.

Concerning the remarks of some countries on the human rights situation in Egypt, Fayek said that some of the comments were positive. Fayek, in this regard, praised the efforts of the government, represented by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Omar Marwan, in preparing Egypt's UPR report.

Many of the comments indicated the government's positive response to many of the recommendations and resolutions of the last periodic review, Fayek said, adding that, on the other hand, comments of some of the European countries on the human rights situation in Egypt were not positive.

He noted that many countries highlighted the significance of the role of the National Council for Human Rights, and that there were calls to give further support to the council.

Minister Marwan said earlier that Egypt has adopted a policy protecting and supporting human rights.

He added that Egypt’s policy in this regard comes in accordance with the related international agreements and charters, adhering to the “values and principles of the country’s national identity.”

This policy observes the principles of equality and justice among all citizens, enhancing all forms of political, civil, political, economic, social and cultural human rights in a balanced way so that “no right can be observed at the expense of another,” he emphasized.]]>
11/14/2019 2:55:08 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi’s visit to UAE reflects brotherly bilateral relations: amb.]]>
In statements to Emarat Al Youm newspaper, Fouad said that all the meetings set to be held during the visit aim at stabilizing and enhancing the two countries' stance towards the current escalating challenges in the MENA region.

The visit’s timing is considered “very sensitive,” according to Fouad, in light of the growing challenges and variables in the region that require coordination between the two governments.

The ambassador stressed that the Egyptian-Emirati relations are characterized by mutual understanding under the guidance of their “wise leaderships,” which push the course of bilateral relations to higher levels through the implementation of several joint projects, increasing the volume of investments and pushing the rates of trade to unprecedented levels.

"Egypt and the UAE share similar perspectives and points of view on several international causes and files," Fouad stressed, referring to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's earlier statements , where he asserted that the Gulf states' stability is as important as Egypt’s stability.

Fouad also noted that the economic and trade relations between the two countries have witnessed unprecedented development, as the trade rates hit $3.3 Billion in 2018.

Earlier on Wednesday, Sisi headed to UAE to meet with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan to discuss bilateral relations and other various Arab, regional and international issues of mutual concern.

According to a statement issued by presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady, the visit comes within the framework of the distinguished and profound bilateral relations and the mutual keenness on maintaining coordination on ways to face the current challenges in the region.
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11/14/2019 2:24:43 PM
<![CDATA[Israel, Islamic Jihad Movement agree on Egypt-proposed ceasefire]]>
The Egyptian Intelligence Service proposed a truce and an immediate ceasefire between the movement and Israel, preventing the escalation of confrontations that broke out between the two sides on Tuesday when Israel killed senior leader at the movement Bahaa Abul Ata, according to a statement from the Islamic Jihad Movement on Thursday.

The movement spokesperson Musab al-Braim announced that the truce came into force at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, adding that the movement and Israel approved the Egyptian proposal of immediate ceasefire.

Leader of the Palestinian movement Ziyad al-Nakhalah said in an interview with Al Mayadeen on Wednesday that the truce is conditioned by putting an end to Israeli assassinations of the Palestinians and to opening fire at the Palestinian protesters.

The death toll of Palestinians rose to 34 people, including 5 children and a woman, while more than 100 others were injured by Israeli airstrikes since Tuesday, said the Palestinian Health Ministry in a statement on Thursday.

Meanwhile, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov stated that Egypt, along with the United Nations, prevented a dangerous escalation that could lead to a war in Gaza, calling on all parties to show maximum restraint.



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11/14/2019 2:08:09 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Mohamed bin Zayed talk regional issues, reveal joint investments]]>
Sisi, who has been in an official two-day visit to the UAE starting Wednesday, has witnessed, along with Mohamed bin Zayed, the signing of three Memorandums of Understanding in the fields of manpower, taxes, and insurances, Egypt’s state news agency MENA cited presidential spokesman Bassam Radi as saying in press remarks.

Also, both sides announced the establishment of a new joint strategic platform, with a value of $20 billion, through the Abu Dhabi Development Holding Company and Egypt’s Sovereign Wealth Fund.

The partnership aims to establish strategic joint ventures, specialized funds or investment instruments, to invest in several sectors, most notably manufacturing, traditional and renewable energy, technology, food and real estate, tourism, healthcare, logistics, financial services, infrastructure and others, Radi said.


Security
Concerning security, Sisi highlighted the importance of Arab cooperation and solidarity in the face of challenges in the Arab region and the attempts of interference on the Arab states’ internal affairs.

Sisi also affirmed Egypt’s rejection of attempts to destabilize or threaten the security of the Gulf states, adding that the security of the Gulf is an integral and indivisible part of the Egyptian security.

For his part, Mohamed bin Zayed affirmed his appreciation for Egypt’s support to the UAE in various issues, including Egyptians’ contribution in many Emirati sectors and their role to achieve development in the Gulf country.

Bilateral ties
The president expressed willingness to foster the bilateral relations with the UAE in various fields.

The meeting discussed ways to enhance the relations between the two brotherly countries at all levels, Radi said, adding that the two leaders reviewed a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern.

They have shared similar visions concerning the necessity to intensify joint counter-terrorism efforts, and the consolidation of efforts of the international community to reach political settlements for the crisis in some of the countries in the region in a way that ensures the unity of their lands and preserves their peoples’ resources.

The crown prince, for his part, also stressed the UAE’s keenness to enhance the bilateral relations with Egypt at all levels, to achieve the common interests between the two countries and their peoples.


Order of Zayed
Mohammed bin Zayed bestowed the "Order of Zayed" on President Sisi, in appreciation of his role in strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries.

The order comes in appreciation of the strong historical ties between Egypt and the UAE, spokesman Radi said.

Sisi, for his part, expressed his appreciation for Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the UAE, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed after he received the high-level Emirati order.


The president’s visit to the UAE comes within the framework of the Egyptian-Emirati special relations, and the two countries' strategic and cooperative relations at all levels, Radi said.

Radi also affirmed the two countries’ keenness to coordinate continuous on ways to face challenges currently witnessed by the region, adding that such challenges highlights the need to the consolidation of efforts to protect the Arab national security.]]>
11/14/2019 1:38:23 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan coordinate efforts into 'Arab issues']]>
Abu Dhabi crown prince received Sisi on Wednesday to start his official visit.

Sisi and Mohamed bin Zayed, during the former’s two-day visit, will also consult and coordinate on various Arab issues and regional and international crises of mutual concern, presidential spokesperson Bassam Radi said.

The president’s visit to the UAE comes within the framework of the Egyptian-Emirati special relations, and the two countries' strategic and cooperative relations at all levels, Radi said.

Radi also affirmed the two countries’ keenness to coordinate continuous on ways to face challenges currently witnessed by the region, adding that such challenges highlights the need to the consolidation of efforts to protect the Arab national security.

President Sisi received in June this year Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE's minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation. During the meeting, he affirmed Egypt's support to the security and stability of the UAE, and highlighted the UAE's stances in international and regional forums.

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11/14/2019 10:35:43 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s FM to attend anti-IS coalition meeting in US]]>
The meeting of the coalition, which Egypt is part of, is held at the level of foreign ministers, foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said.

It will discuss the role of the coalition and its efforts in fighting terrorist groups, and will evaluate the future international stance in light of the latest developments in Northeastern Syria, said Hafez.

Shoukry will separately participate in the ministerial meeting on Syria, to review the latest developments in the war-torn country and ways to promote political settlement for the current crisis and end the conflict, in an effort to preserve the Syrian national unity and the integrity and stability of its lands and people.

Egypt has been a huge supporter of the war against IS terrorist group, as it has been engaged in a war against terrorist organizations, mainly Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdes, an IS affiliate. In October, Egyptian MP Abdel Moneim Al-Eleimy suggested that the international community agrees on establishing a global fund to face and eliminate terrorism worldwide.

Egypt's Foreign Ministry earlier in October also welcomed the news about US success to eliminate IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a raid in Syria's Idlib, an official statement read.

The death of Baghdadi was confirmed by US President Donald Trump in a speech at the White House. Iraq and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces claim they had provided the location of the top dangerous terrorist to the US, based on intelligence information.

Hafez said that such progress highlights the need to continue to consolidate international efforts to confront all forms of terrorism, asserting that all takfiri terrorist organizations, including IS, Al-Qaeda, and Muslim Brotherhood stem from the same extremist ideological source.

The Egyptian state has labeled the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization since late in 2013, after their leader, Mohamed Morsi, who served at the time as the country's president, was ousted following popular uprising, January 30 Revolution. Morsi, who ruled for only one year, died earlier this year.
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11/13/2019 7:41:38 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt ensures decent lives for 5M refugees, asylum seekers: Min. ]]>
Marwan further clarified there are 5 million refugees in Egypt who fled armed conflicts in neighboring countries and did not claimed asylum because of their easy integration into the Egyptian society. They would rather enjoy basic services available to Egyptians, like housing, education, and health, than get isolated in camps.

During his speech before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, at Egypt’s Universal Periodic review session, Marwan said that in line with Egypt’s commitment to its international obligations regarding combating illegal immigration, the country has passed a law in 2016 criminalizing all forms of smuggling migrants, and determines their right to voluntary return.

He also added that a national coordinating committee was established in 2017 to combat and prevent illegal migration and human trafficking, and the state launched a national strategy to combat illegal migration until 2026.

The Minister explained that the efforts exerted in tackling refugees’ affairs were fruitful, and that no ships have transported illegal immigrants from the Egyptian coast since the end of 2016. He added that in recognition of the seriousness of corruption as a major impediment to sustainable development and good governance, the new position of president’s advisor for combating corruption was created.

He further listed strategies Egypt adopted in this regard, including the National Anti-Corruption Strategy 2014/2018, and the 2019/2022 Strategy, to improve the performance of the government apparatus and public services, in an effort to spread the principles of tolerance, peaceful coexistence and understanding.

Moreover, Marwan stressed that Egypt established a Forum of Moderate Leniency and the Global Observatory to combat extremism, and correct false radical ideas. This is in addition to the continued efforts exerted by both Al-Azhar and the Egyptian Orthodox Church to affirm the values and principles of citizenship for all, and to combat discrimination and incitement.

In the UN Human Rights Council's third comprehensive periodical review (UPR) session for Egypt, the Egyptian Government confirmed adopting a policy that protects and supports human rights.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a mechanism that aims to review the human rights records of all Member States of the United Nations, 193 countries, once every four years.]]>
11/13/2019 4:46:35 PM
<![CDATA[Full statement of Egypt’s delegation head during 3rd UPR session at UNHCR]]>
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Below is the full statement of the Marwan's speech

Your Excellency the Chairman, distinguished heads and members of delegations, ladies and gentlemen.

It is my honor to head the delegation of Egypt to review its third report before the Universal Periodic Review Mechanism of the Human Rights Council. This mechanism is based on interactive constructive dialogue, the exchange of experiences, discussion of ideas necessary for the development of ways and means to ensure support and promotion of human rights at the international level. The report that we are presenting today reflects our respect for our international obligations, and our strong belief in the importance of getting to know the views of our partners in the international community, as well as presenting the tangible achievements of Egypt in the field of respect, support and enhancement of human rights, and truly clarifying and explaining all issues and refuting any misconceptions or exaggerations.

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Mr. Chairman,
In the second round of review, Egypt received 300 recommendations of which 224 were fully accepted, 23 were partially accepted, 23 were rejected, and we took note of 29, and considered one recommendation as inaccurate.
Egypt had exerted its utmost efforts for the past five years to implement the recommendations that it had accepted through a national comprehensive vision and basic dimensions according to the following principles:
1- Adopting a policy of protection, support and enhancement of human rights in accordance with the provisions of the constitution and in conformity with the obligations provided for in relevant international covenants, treaties and agreements, and abiding by national values, beliefs and identity, and continuously adopting an approach of gradation of our priorities, needs and available capacities, and observing the principles of equality and justice as well as providing equal opportunity to all citizens.
2- Supporting and promoting all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights and maintaining a balance between all such rights, not allowing one right or group of rights to supersede at the expense of others.
3- Respecting prevalent diversities in the enjoyment of rights and freedoms in different communities according to traditions, circumstances, customs and values of each.
4- Understanding that enjoyment of rights is not absolute as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human rights and international covenants, but it should be enjoyed as provided by the law, a matter that necessitates accuracy in organizing such rights so that enjoyment of one right would not be at the expense of another. Taking into consideration all measures to maintain a balance between ensuring the rights and freedoms of citizens and the interests of the society, which is to be given preference in cases of conflict.
5- Ensuring the abidance of the legislative, executive and judicial authorities by the international covenants, treaties, agreements and instruments of human rights that the state has ratified in conformity with Article 93 of the constitution.
6- Full belief in the role of the National Council for Human Rights, The National Council for Women, The National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, and the National Council for the Disabled, as well as civil society organizations as our partners in promoting the rights and freedoms of all citizens.
7- Full awareness of the importance of communication with all governmental and nongovernmental organizations working in the field of human rights to explain to them the true status so as to become aware of any excision or deficiency that may occur in the process of enjoyment of rights, provided that the rules of professionalism and objectivity are observed when asking questions or propagating news or issuing of data away from political status or personal interests and spreading rumors or playing with words. For example some use the term "Prisoner of Opinion" to describe a person who commits a crime of instigation of violence and hatred, spreading of rumors, or use the term "arrest of demonstrators" for incidents of legal arrest of persons who violate the Law of Demonstration by not notifying authorities in advance of organizing demonstration, or using the term "Political Crimes " to describe terrorist crimes, or the term "Collective Trials" to describe crimes where there are several perpetrators of a crime without the true description of a case, with the aim of propagating the wrong image that is far from true.

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We shall now proceed to presenting the most important steps, which Egypt has adopted to implement the recommendations of the last review, and refer you for the details to the report submitted to you.
 At the level of ensuring the civil and political rights of citizens: I am glad to announce that Egypt had submitted its report on civil and political rights to the Committee of Human Rights and has fulfilled its obligations in this respect
• Following the June 30 of 2013 revolution, a political road map has been drawn starting by the amendment of the Constitution in 2014, and the election of the President in the same year, and ending with the election of the People's Assembly. All of those elections were conducted under full supervision of the judiciary. Observers of these elections have testified to the neutrality and transparency which have prevailed in these entitlements, and consequently its results clearly reflected the true opinion of the people of Egypt.
• The presidential elections and the referendum for the constitutional amendments were conducted by the National Elections Committee, which is a completely independent authority made up of members of the judiciary, and a law establishing it to manage referendums and presidential, parliamentary and municipalities' elections, and to supervise them starting from the preparation of the data base of all Egyptians and ending with the announcement of the results.
• In the field of supporting and promoting freedom of the press and the media, several laws have been enacted in the past three years to organize the professional and institutional structure of the press, the media and the Syndicate of the Media. These laws provide for the independence of journalists and the media men and their freedom in fulfilling their messages, and ensuring that in practicing their work they would only be governed by the law. These laws also prohibit subjecting them to any punishment that deprive them of their freedom in crimes that occur when publishing publicly, with the exception of crimes of instigating violence or discrimination among citizens, or defaming individuals.
• In the implementation of the special recommendations for enhancing the right of peaceful demonstration, the law organizing the right of demonstration has been amended in 2017 to confirm the right of demonstration by the mere notification, and providing the judiciary the exclusive right of granting permission for the demonstration or postponing it, or amending its path. Such mandate had been earlier the authority of the Ministry of Interior. This important amendment is sometimes intentionally overlooked.
• In accordance with the provisions of the constitution determining the right of citizens to establish organizations or Civil Society Organizations, and strongly believing in the role which they play in developing the community, this year the law organizing civil activities has been enacted following a series of community debates and discussions so as to avoid the negative aspects of law No.70 for 2017.
• In the field of supporting and promoting the right of workers to establish trade unions to protect their rights in a legitimate manner, the law organizing Trade Unions granting workers the right to establish Trade Unions and prohibiting the dissolution of their boards of directors except by virtue of a court ruling was enacted. In 2019 this law was amended upon the proposals of International Labor Organization and all penalties depriving them of their rights have been cancelled from this law. Furthermore, the minimum number of members required to establish a Trade Union committee has been reduced to 50 workers, and the minimum requirements of members in all other trade union organizations has also been reduced.
• During 2016, the law organizing the building and restoration of churches was enacted and it includes, for the first time, the exact rules and regulations that should be applied to followed in order to obtain a permit to carry out any construction work at any given church. Up until the last month, the number of churches that the status of which has been legalized according to the provisions of this law is 1235 churches and service buildings attached to them.
• In the application of the constitutional and legal provisions of the subjection of all prisons and all detention places to judicial supervision, judges and members of the public prosecution have carried out 147 visits to prisons, and they followed the execution of the remarks that they had noted before. Moreover, a human rights department was set up at the office of the Public Prosecutor to be in charge of receiving complaints, notifications and reports which include any act that may be considered a violation of human rights, examining, studying, investigating them and taking the appropriate action. Moreover in conformity with article 214 of the Constitution and the Paris Principles of National Human Rights Institutions, the law of the National Council for Human Rights has been amended to ensure its independence as regards its composition, its fulfillment of its duties, and its budget. In addition to granting it the right to visit prisons and other places of detention, disciplinary and punitive institutions, and informing the public prosecution of any violations of human rights.
• At the level of combating any actions or practices relevant to torture, and in conformity of the provisions of the Constitution that all forms of torture are crimes that do not prescribe, and that anyone arrested or imprisoned shall not be subject to any torture or intimidation or suppression or morally or physically harmed. Egyptian legislation criminalizes all acts relevant to torture and enforces several penalties proportionate to the gravity of such act, and overlooking any evidence resulting from such torture. During the past five years, many criminal and punitive trials for incidents related to torture or any form of ill treatment have taken place. Our report submitted to your distinguished council includes data and numbers of these trials. Moreover a detailed report of this issue shall be submitted to the anti torture committee. This submission is in respect of our international obligations.
• Due to our strong belief in the importance of combating terrorism to safeguard the life and security of citizens, and at the same time ensuring the respect of human rights that are constitutionally and legally preserved with no delay, the laws of terrorist organizations and combating terrorism and the establishment of the Supreme Council for combating terrorism have been enacted. Due consideration has been given to the basic human rights that may not be violated even in cases of combating terrorism. This stand is based on a clear vision, that maintains a balance between combating terrorism and respect of these rights, by adopting definite rules and regulations to safeguard the general framework of procedures and enforcing the law through ensuring the supervision of the judicial authority, but not its sole power to carry out any procedure independently.
• In support and enhancement of economic social and cultural rights, the government has implemented a comprehensive plan for economic reform which lead to increasing the annual per capita income from 28,000 Egyptian Pounds in 2014 to 53,721 Egyptian Pounds in 2019, and the drop in the rate of unemployment from 12.8% in 2014 to 8.1% in the first quarter of 2019, and 7.5% in the second quarter of the same year. Moreover the monetary reserve of foreign currency has exceeded U.S. 45 billion which is an unprecedented figure. The prices of some basic commodities have dropped and the status of Egypt has improved on international rating lists, which is the true objective criteria for measuring the success of economic reform. Here we would like to express our great appreciation to the Egyptian people whose perseverance was the basic mainstay for achieving this success.
• As regards the efforts exerted to achieve social justice and reduce the poverty rate, the pensions of civil servants and both public and private sector employees has increased from 2014 to 2019 by 41%, the program entitled Takaful wa Karama (solidarity and dignity) has been launched to provide a social security network for poor families, old people, disabled persons, persons who are incapable of working and orphans. The number of beneficiaries of this program, is about 10 million citizens. Moreover in promoting the right of adequate homes and dignified life, the state has intensified its efforts to overcome the problem of informal housing and provide adequate, safe and healthy houses to citizens of all categories, providing them with safe and clean potable water.
• As regards providing medical care, the law of comprehensive health insurance has been enacted in 2017 which aims at providing a comprehensive gradual health insurance umbrella to cover all Egyptians, which is now being implemented in several governorates. In parallel to this procedure efforts are also exerted to improve the quality and efficiency of health institutions in other governorates. An initiative of 100 million heaths has also been launched to detect virus C and other diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. This initiative was hailed by international organizations working in the field of health for the positive results that this initiative has achieved. The government has also launched several campaigns for the promotion of the health of Egyptian women, students in schools, and prisoners in punitive institutions. The government has also launched a program to combat obesity, dwarfing and severe anemia for students under 12, free of all charges to safeguard the health of future generations.
• As to paying special care to some categories in the community, on the basis of strong belief in their role and their constitutional right of equality in rights, freedoms and general duties and the equality of opportunities without any discrimination the state has exerted the following efforts:

o In the field of political empowerment of women, the parliamentary elections have resulted in the election of 90 women, thus increasing the percentage of women members in the parliament to 15%. There are also 8 women ministers in the cabinet now, representing 25% of this cabinet. There are also 17 women assistant ministers, and for the first time two women have been appointed as governors. The women deputy governors represent 27% of deputy governors. Egyptian women have also been appointed in the judiciary. A woman also holds the post of adviser to the President for national security. All these efforts have been crowned by the constitutional amendments of 2019 allocating at least 25% of the seats in the parliament to women, as well as at least 25% of the seats in local councils to women. Furthermore in accordance with the provisions of the constitution, the law of the National Council for Women has been enacted to coordinate programs and activities and promote awareness and strengthen the values of equality and non discrimination against women to empower them to engage in all activities, and improve their economic and social status particularly in rural areas;
o In the field of strengthening and supporting the rights of the child, and in accordance with the provisions of the constitution, the government, in collaboration with the National Council for Women and nongovernmental organizations, has launched the National Strategy for Childhood and Motherhood 2018-2030 with an integrated developmental dimension to provide better basic services to children and improve the quality of their lives, providing special attention to children of poor families;
o In the field of promoting the rights of the disabled persons, the Law of the Disabled has been enacted to ensure their effective participation in all walks of life and ensure their enjoyment of all health, educational, professional and other rights. Furthermore in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, a law was enacted establishing the National Council for the Disabled to draw and implement programs and projects for the protection of their rights;
o In endeavoring to empower youth, as they are the locomotive for future development, the state ensured their participation in public life by allowing them to fill leading positions. The 2015 elections resulted in electing 59 youths to become MPs. Moreover, 41 youths have been appointed in the post of assistant minister, and 6 youths were appointed as deputy governors of whom 3 are women. Furthermore, 50% of the seats in specialized councils, directly accountable to the president, have been allocated to youths. The state has also empowered them economically by cooperating with the private sector in providing vocational training and work opportunities, and financing small, medium and micro enterprises. This has resulted in a drop in the rate of employment;
o The state has also provided dignified living standards to emigrants in Egypt -250 thousand refugees and asylum seekers from 55 different nationalities- in addition to about 5 million persons most of whom have fled from armed conflicts in geographically neighboring states, are now living in Egypt and have not asked for migrant status as they are easily assimilated in the Egyptian society. They are not isolated in camps and they enjoy all the basic services available to Egyptians, be it housing, health or education;
o In fulfillment of our international obligations in the field of combating illegal migration, a law was enacted in 2016 criminalizing all forms of smuggling of migrants, and acknowledging their right of voluntary repatriation. This law obliges the state to take all the necessary measures to safeguard their right. .The National Council for Childhood and Motherhood has become the legal representative of unaccompanied children, moreover the state has also established in 2017 a Coordinating National Committee to combat and prevent illegal migration and human trafficking. It has also launched a National strategy to combat illegal migration until 2026. These exerted efforts in this field have resulted in preventing any boat carrying illegal migrants from departing from the Egyptian coasts since the end of 2016;
o In full awareness of the dangers of corruption as a basic impediment for sustainable development and governance, a new position of Advisor to the President for combating corruption and executing the National Strategy for combating corruption 2014-2018 has been created. This was followed by the Strategy for 2019-2022 to upgrade the performance of public machinery and improve public services, and promote the principles of transparency. Furthermore, a number of legislations that support combating corruption and promote cooperation with the civil society and the private sector in this field, have been upgraded and enacted;
o In endeavoring to spread the principles of tolerance, understanding and peaceful coexistence several measures have been adopted, the most salient of which was the launching of the Forum for Moderate Tolerance and "The Universal Observatory to combat Extremism have been established with the aim of combating extremism and rectify wrong ideas. In this respect both Al Azhar and the Egyptian Orthodox Church continue their joint efforts under the initiative of " The House of the Egyptian Family" to promote the values and principles of citizenship for all, and to combat instigation of violence, discrimination and the discourse of hatred and extremism;
o In the field of endeavoring to strengthen contacts with the United Nations Agencies and other organizations that are engaged in the field of human rights, the government has submitted to your distinguished council in its thirty seventh session of 2018 a mid-term voluntary report. It has also submitted the periodical obligatory reports to the committees of the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights, the Agreement for Combating Torture, and the Agreement to combat all forms of discrimination against Women (CIDAW), the Agreement for the Rights of the Child, the Agreement for the Protection of the Rights of Disabled Persons. In this same respect, The Supreme Permanent Committee for Human Rights has been established under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to be exclusively responsible for the total supervision of the whole file of human rights, and to follow up the fulfillment of the obligations provided by the relevant international agreements.

Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen
o The issues that have been reviewed in the time available to me today represent only a small part of the genuine efforts and measures adopted by Egypt to promote and protect basic human rights and freedoms. We are confident that the report we are submitting shall inform you of all the details of these efforts that have been exerted not only in fulfillment of our relevant international obligations but in fulfillment as well of the demands of the people as embodied in the Constitution. We further confirm that Egypt is taking long strides to fulfill more of the aspirations, rights and freedom of our people to have a safe dignified life, where all their rights and freedoms are safeguarded in spite of the economic challenges, terrorist activities and regional upheavals that are known to all.
o In conclusion, I wish to thank you for your indulgence, and the Egyptian delegation stands ready to respond to all your queries so as to fulfill our joint aspiration of promoting the status of human rights all over the world.

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11/13/2019 4:42:07 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt 'irreplaceable' partner to solve regional issues: German amb.]]>
“Egypt is an irreplaceable partner in [solving the crises in] Libya, Sudan and Gaza, and we constantly consult Egypt in different issues,” Nunn said in the first press conference since he assumed his post as ambassador to Cairo in August.

He explained that Germany’s initiative to host a conference about Libya this year aims at inviting all political actors in the conflict to reach specific solutions, adding “without Egypt’s involvement in the process, there will be no peace, because Egypt’s cooperation is of central importance.”

He pointed out that Germany relies on Egypt to contribute to the establishment of peace in Libya, assuring that both Egypt and Germany share the same interests in avoiding Libya’s turn into a source of turmoil to Egypt or Europe, and rather benefit from its own wealth.

Speaking about the illegal immigration crisis, Nunn thanked Egypt’s reliable and appreciated efforts to curb the flow of refugees to Europe.

He highlighted Germany’s assistance in many programs in Egypt, adding that Germany’s portfolio amounted to €1.7 billion.

He further cited that the number of German tourists coming to Egypt has witnessed an increase, hitting 1.8 million, adding that Lufthansa operates around 60 full flights to Cairo per week.

Regarding the cultural cooperation between the two countries, the ambassador said that the German Development Bank has built 900 schools, to which around 435,000 students enrolled. There are also seven accredited German schools, and 18 Egyptian schools that apply the German education system.

The German ambassador further highlighted Germany’s assistance in many programs of cooperation with specialized agencies to overcome the refugees’ problems in Egypt, such as the Resettlement program, which aims to transfer 1,600 refugees in Egypt to be resettled in Germany, with a priority to affected women and children.

Regarding the G20 summit set to be held next week in Berlin, the ambassador said that Egypt and Germany agreed on a German fund of €154 million, which will be signed in Berlin next week. He explained that this fund will be allocated to the fields of renewable energy, water management, solid waste and technical education.

The number of German companies working in Egypt amount to 1,183, employing 175,000 employees.

The conference also tackled the importance of the “Combact with Africa” initiative launched during Germany’s presidency of the G20 in 2017, contributing to Africa’s development. ]]>
11/13/2019 2:54:11 PM
<![CDATA[Responses to Egypt’s UPR ‘positive’: Reports]]>
Egypt’s presentation was attended by many diplomatic and non-governmental delegations, as well as media outlets.

The country’s “fruitful cooperation” with international mechanisms in the field was also praised by several UN member states.

Minister of House of Representatives Affairs Omar Marwan said before the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday that Egypt has adopted a policy protecting and supporting human rights.

He added that Egypt’s policy in this regard comes in accordance with the related international agreements and charters, adhering to the “values and principles of the country’s national identity.”

This policy observes the principles of equality and justice among all citizens, enhancing all forms of political, civil, political, economic, social and cultural human rights in a balanced way so that “no right can be observed at the expense of another,” he emphasized.

He pointed out that practicing rights is regulated by law in accordance with to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international charters so that this practice “would not violate the rights and freedoms of others.”

Marwan also said Egypt is is ready to “cooperate with professional organizations” concerning human rights.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian community in Switzerland on Wednesday organized a demonstration in support of Egypt in its fight against terrorism.

“We are living the golden age of Christianity in Egypt,” said Tharwat Kadis, chairman of the International Academy for Dialogue at the Synod of the Evangelical Nile in Egypt.
“We see this in the construction of the largest cathedral in the Middle East next to the largest mosque, which confirms the consolidation of the idea of citizenship under the leadership of President [Abdel Fattah] al-Sisi,” Kadis added from Geneva.

Kadis, reiterating what Sisi has repeatedly said in his speeches, that human rights also include the right to living, referring to people who violate these rights by committing and supporting terrorist attacks that claim innocent lives.

Mohamed al-Battout, member of the General Secretariat of the Egyptian Communities in Europe and a member of the Egyptian community in Geneva, said that “we organized this stand to support the Egyptian state.”

Gamal Hammad, an Egyptian expat in Geneva, said the Egyptian community “rejects all attempts to tarnish Egypt’s image” under the guise of human rights.

For his part, Hafez Abu Seada, head of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights and a member of the National Council for Human Rights said that Egypt’s new NGO law came in order abolish penalties on practicing certain freedoms.

He added that Sisi launched an initiative to amend the law to meet the aspirations of the civil society.

Maya Morsi, head of the National Council for Women, also said that Egyptian women greatly suffered during the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood, which even sought to dissolve the council, pointing out that there is a political will to solidify the empowerment of women through legislation.
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11/13/2019 1:57:30 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt confirms adopting policy supporting human rights]]>
In his speech, Marwan added that Egypt's human rights policy comes in accordance with related international agreements and charters and adheres to the values and principles of the national identity.

Marwan clarified that this policy is also observing the principles of equality and justice among all citizens, asserting Egypt's commitment to enhancing all forms of political, civil, economic, social and cultural human rights in a balanced way so that no right can be observed at the expense of another right.

Marwan further explained that practicing human rights is regulated by the law, according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international documents, so that it would not violate the rights and freedoms of others.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian community in Switzerland organized on Wednesday a stand to support Egypt in its fight against terrorism.

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Mohamed al-Battout, member of the General Secretariat of the Egyptian Communities in Europe and a member of the Egyptian community in Geneva, said that they organized this stand to support the Egyptian state.

Gamal Hammad, a member of the Egyptian community in Geneva, stated that the Egyptian community rejects all attempts by those who target Egypt to abuse and tarnish the North African country's image.

"We are living the golden age of Christianity in Egypt," said Tharwat Kadis, chairman of the International Academy for Dialogue at the Synod of the Evangelical Nile in Egypt.

"We see this in the construction of the largest cathedral in the Middle East next to the largest mosque, which confirms the consolidation of the idea of citizenship under the leadership of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi," Kadis added.

Moreover, Hafez Abu Seada, head of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights and a member of the National Council for Human Rights,said that the new NGO law came in order to get rid of the negative penalties restricting freedoms.

He added that President Sisi has responded to the calls of civil society and launched an initiative to amend the law to meet the aspirations of civil society where these penalties were abolished.

Maya Morsy, head of the National Council for Women, said that the Egyptian women suffered during the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood that sought to abolish the council, pointing out that there is a political will to empower women through legislations.

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11/13/2019 1:47:54 PM
<![CDATA[Moscow warns against 'political hysteria' over uranium particles found at undeclared site in Iran]]>
He noted that both Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) need to properly explain the situation.

The statement comes amid a recent row between Tehran and the atomic watchdog, after Iran prevented an IAEA inspector from entering one of its facilities, and claimed she had been carrying illegal objects to the compound.

The issue of the JCPOA’s deterioration has been on the table since May 2018, when the US withdrew from the accord, also known as the Iran nuclear deal, and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran.

Precisely one year later, Iran announced it would be suspending some of its obligations under the deal and promised to leave commitments every 2 months until the other signatories manage to save the accord.]]>
11/13/2019 12:22:16 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian human rights delegation, OHCHR official discuss women situation]]>
The OHCHR official said the commissioner planned to make an official visit to Egypt in the second half of 2020, at the invitation of the Egyptian government, to review the human rights situation in Egypt.

She lauded Egypt's cooperation with the commissioner by responding to the latter's queries on some of the cases.

The Egyptian delegation included Noha al-Ma'moun, head of the pro-women initiative "She and The Society," and Ayda Nour al-Din, head of the Women and Development Association.

The delegation highlighted major cooperation between human rights organizations and the Egyptian government, especially following the issuance of the new law for organizing the non-governmental organizations.

"The new law of NGOs met the demands of the national human rights organizations concerning the need to back the civil society organizations' goals of development, and managed to make them a partner in the strategy to improve human rights situation in the North African country," the delegation said.

Concerning domestic violence, the delegation affirmed the state's political leader will to counter all forms of violence against women, referring to cooperation between the government and NGOs in terms of efforts to protect women against harassment and female genital mutilation (FGM), and to establish centers in universities and institutions to combat violence against women, in cooperation with the ministries of justice and interior and the National Council for Women.

Asked about cases of domestic violence in Egypt, the delegation said the Egyptian women currently suffer extreme social and religious thoughts backed by terrorist organizations, including the Muslim Brotherhood group, which has opposed the rights of women throughout the past 80 years.

The delegation added that the MB group has worked to spread its radical thoughts and misconception inside Egyptian families.

It also affirmed the civil society organizations' support to the state's efforts to renew the religious discourse and eliminate extreme religious thoughts, in an effort to improve the situation of women.



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11/12/2019 5:21:41 PM
<![CDATA[How Child Law treats babies of jailed mothers]]>
According to article 31 bis of the law, a nursery in prison is allowed to host the children of female inmates up until the age of four, but a jailed mother can accompany her baby at all times during its first year of life.

The mother may not take her baby to her cell, and may not be deprived from contacting her child as a form of punishment.

Article 32 lists the role of the nursery as follows:

1- Maintain the social welfare of the child and develop their talents and capacities.

2- Prepare the child physically, culturally, psychologically and ethically per the society’s targets and religious values.

3- Raise upbringing awareness among the children’s families.

4- Strengthen social connections between the nursery and the child’s family.

5- Accommodate the child’s needs for entertainment, art and play.]]>
11/12/2019 4:58:27 PM
<![CDATA[Russian defense minister stresses keenness to boost strength of Egyptian Army]]>
During his meeting with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, the Russian defense minister added that Russian President Vladimir Putin sends his greetings to the Egyptian president.

Shoigu pointed out that Egypt occupies a leading position on the African continent and remains Russia's strategic ally in the region.

He noted that Egypt has gained this status in light of the leadership of the Egyptian president and the Egyptian Armed Forces that guarantees the stable development of the country and hinders the spread of terrorism in North Africa.

Shoigu arrived in Egypt with his delegation on Tuesday. The Russian delegation will participate in the sixth meeting of the Russian-Egyptian Committee for Military and Technical Cooperation to discuss a number of international and regional security issues as well as the situation in the Middle East and North Africa.

Both sides will also tackle priority issues of the Russian-Egyptian military and technical cooperation.

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11/12/2019 4:54:12 PM
<![CDATA[Shoukry discusses cooperation with Anna Lindh foundation chief]]>
The two sides took up means of boosting cooperation between Egypt and the foundation for enhancing intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding among peoples on the two sides of the Mediterranean, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Hafez.

Shoukry confirmed at the meeting Egypt's keenness on offering all support to the foundation so that it could undertake its role in enhancing understanding among peoples of the world, the spokesman pointed out.

Sharif, meanwhile, lauded the Egyptian approach regarding the settlement of social, cultural and humanitarian issues, added the spokesman.]]>
11/12/2019 2:54:37 PM
<![CDATA[Court postpones verdict in "Helwan and Giza cells" case to Nov. 25]]>
The court had referred the documents of seven defendants in the case to Egypt's Mufti to consent a death sentence.

The defendants committed 19 terrorist crimes including the assassination of police officers, non-commissioned officers and policemen, attempted murder of others, theft at gunpoint and the destruction of police vehicles, public facilities and government buildings.]]>
11/12/2019 2:52:25 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's progress in women's rights hailed by 300 Civil Society Organizations ]]>
Find below the full statement:

(November, 2019) We, civil society organizations concerned with women's rights, declare that we appreciate the importance of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process and Egypt's participation in this mechanism.

We recognize the recommendations that have been implemented by the Egyptian government since the second cycle of the periodic review and the progress that has been made; the most prominent of which were a number of legislative reforms to preserve and protect Egyptian women from violence and discrimination against them, as well as the work of providing social protection and to improve women's political and social participation. Among these efforts include the legislations related to the criminalization of sexual harassment and the increase the penalties for the crime of female genital mutilation, in addition to criminalizing the deprivation of women from inheritance.

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Egypt's progress in women's rights hailed by 300 Civil Society Organizations - Press photo

We also appreciate the efforts made to ensure the participation of women in decision- making positions, as well as the allocation of a quota for women to ensure that women receive 25% of political representation in the upcoming local and parliamentary elections. On top of that is the participation of women to 25% as ministers in the Egyptian Cabinet, and ensuring the representation of women in appointments as governors as well as empowering women through economic reform programs and social protection schemes.

We appreciate the efforts of the Egyptian government and the role of the National Council for Women (NCW). We believe that Egyptian women still need more efforts to implement the provisions of the constitution and ensuring the implementation of the legislations and the National Strategy for the Empowerment of Egyptian Women 2030, also develop the executive mechanisms that enable women to have access to justice and economic opportunity.

Moreover, we will deepen our cooperation with civil society institutions to follow up implementing of strategies to empower Egyptian women and girls.
In light of the above, we, the undersigned organizations, call for:

• Enacting a comprehensive and unified law to protect women from all forms of violence against them.
• Enacting a family law that includes up-to-date developments and the role of women as active partners in the family
• Adopting legislative amendments to criminalize early marriage.
• Increasing women's representation and participation in economic decision-making positions, boards of directors of companies and the judiciary in particular, the State Council and the Public Prosecution as stipulated in the Egyptian Constitution.
• Ensuring the sustainability and replication of economic empowerment programs and social protection initiatives.
• Ensuring the collection, production and analysis of gender- disaggregated data and information.
• Encouraging women's use of the latest technology and digitization to ensure financial inclusion and economic empowerment.
• Developing and maintaining effective partnership with civil society institutions, especially those concerned with women's rights.


Civil society has the capacity and ability to support these issues in order to achieve gender equality. Women's organizations can help in promoting a better understanding of the status and needs of Egyptian women, as well as contribute to implementing the required measures to improve the status of Egyptian women. Furthermore; the international community should support efforts related to gender equality.

We, civil society organizations concerned with women's rights, declare our support and determination to build an active partnership to unify and complement all efforts - each as concerned- to contribute in the development process and building our society.

The signatories,
1. The Egyptian Center for Women's Rights (ECWR)
2. Appropriate Communication Techniques for Development (ACT)
3. The Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW)
4. The Egyptian Foundation for Family Development
5. The Women and Development Association in Alexandria
6. Helwan Community Development Association
7. (LEAD) Leaders Egyptian Association for Development
8. Foundation of Women for Development
9. Hawaa el Mostaqbal association for Family & Environmental Development
10. Egyptian Medical Women Association (EMEA)
11. Arab and African Women Association
12. The Egyptian Female Lawyers Initiative
13. Masr Foundation for Health and Sustainable Development
14. Federation of Energy and Sustainable Development ( 26 NGOs )
15. Promise Association for Training and Sustainable Development
16. Alqanawia for Training and Sustainable Development
17. The association of Engineers & investors of Energy Efficiency
18. The Global Council Foundation for Green Economy
19. Youth Foundation for Development & Environment
20. Al Mostaqbal Association for Development & Consumer Protection
21. Egyptian foundation for Comprehensive Development
22. Om el Qura for community Development Association
23. Mine Survivors for Economic Development Association
24. El Ekhlas Wal Taqwa Association for Community Development in Luxor
25. Future Youth Association for the Protection of the Environment& Sinai Heritage
26. Business Men Association in Assuit
27. Heya Association for Development & Family Development in Suhag
28. Al Eqbal Foundation for Charity & Development
29. Ana el Masry Association for Training & Development in Qena
30. Tamkeen Foundation for Training & Development
31. Enlightment -Tanweer Foundation for Education & Development in Menia
32. Egypt Coalition for Human Rights
33. Women for Development Foundation
34. Horas Association for Youth & Development in Qena
35. Al Masry Training & Development Association
36. El Fardous Sustainable Development Association
37. Health and Environmental Culture Society- Cairo
38. Egyptian Medical Women's Association- Helwan
39. Citizen's Society for Development and Human Rights- Giza
40. Vision Society for Enlightenment and Community Development- El Menia
41. Association of population development and the preservation of the environment- Cairo
42. The Egyptian Society for Marketing and Development- Cairo
43. With You Society for Social Assistance- Helwan
44. Gozour Society for the comprehensive Development- Helwan
45. The Egyptian Society for Family Empowerment- Giza
46. The Legislative Association in Bakri Mastour- Qalioubia
47. Women Pioneers Society for Development- Giza
48. Al Zohor Association for Development - 6th of October
49. Society Development Association in Sakil – 6th of October
50. The Egyptian Association for Environmental and Humanitarian Development Al Qualiubia
51. Our Society Association for Development and Human Rights- Cairo
52. Association of Women and Child Development - Al Qualiubia
53. The legislative Association in Saa'd Zaghlol – Al Qualiubia
54. Legal Association for the support of Family and Human rights – Cairo
55. Mary Girgis Youth Association – Cairo
56. Al Amal Association in Al Aslougy – Sharkia
57. Women for Development Association – 6th of October
58. The Egyptian Association for Defend and support – Helwan
59. Ayatollah Association – Giza
60. Economic Liberalization Association – Cairo
61. Family Care Association- Giza
62. Al Sharkia Youth Association – Al Sharkia
63. Al Mashrek Association for Population Development – Sharkia
64. Cairo Center for Development – Giza
65. Kelmetna Association for Dialogue and Development – Cairo
66. Al Tathkif Alfekry Association – Port Said
67. Frasis Charitable Association for Society's Development – Gharbia
68. Al Hayat Association in Zifta
69. The Forum of Dialogue and Partnership for Development – Giza
70. Future Association for Development – Aswan
71. Nahdet el Fayuom Association- Fayuom
72. The Association of the interested people in education and development – Fayoum
73. Al Tanweer Centre for Development and Human Rights – Giza
74. The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights – Cairo
75. Nama'a Association for Development and Human Rights – Al Gharbia
76. Hawaa Future Association – Giza
77. Ismailia Generations for Development Association – Ismailia
78. Haq Center for Democracy and Human Rights – Cairo
79. Association for the Support and Development of Education – Giza
80. New Fustat Association - Cairo
81. Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights – Cairo
82. Bint Al Nil Association – Cairo
83. Kirtas Masr Association – Cairo
84. Egyptian Democratic Institute – Cairo
85. Oioun Masr Association for human rights – Gharbia
86. Shoa'a Association for Development and Human Rights Studies / under establishment – Giza
87. I am Egyptian Association – Cairo
88. Red Crescent Association – Sohag
89. Human Rights Association – Assiut
90. Al Hana Women's Association – Cairo
91. Friends of Youth and the environment - Qaliubiya
92. Center of Children's rights – Cairo
93. Konouz Association for Development - Kafr El- Sheikh
94. The Arab dream Association - Kafr El-Sheikh
95. Community Development Association in Zafarana - Kafr El-Sheikh
96. Alrob' Charitable Association - Kafr El-Sheikh
97. Social Welfare Association - Kafr El-Sheikh
98. Resala association – Kafr el Sheikh
99. Craft Projects Development and small Industries Association- Desouk
100. Bint El Riaydh Association- Kafr el Sheikh
101. Said Salem Society Development Association- Kafr el Sheikh
102. The National Center for Human Rights- Kafr el Sheikh
103. Association of modern women- Kafr el Sheikh
104. The Egyptian Center for Creativity and development and training
105. Middle East Media Association- Cairo
106. Women and Development Association- Alexandria
107. Tanweer Center Association- El Menia
108. Hemaya Center for the support of defenders of human rights- Cairo
109. Our Dream Foundation for comprehensive Development – Qaliubia
110. Nahdet Misr Association- El Menia
111. El Sabr wi El Eman Association- Helwan
112. Dakahlia people Association – Helwan
113. Association of cities of steel- Helwan
114. Egyptian media professionals- Gharbia
115. The Arab Center for Creativity and Development- Cairo
116. Future Businesswomen Association
117. Regional Federation for Associations- Gharbia
118. Shehab Foundation for Comprehensive Development Foundation
119. Seekers of Society Development Association- Fayuom
120. Association of Social Care for the specific Categories- Helwan
121. Arab Women Association for Development- Ismailia
122. Hayat Center Evangelical Doubbara Palace- Cairo
123. National Association for Youth Rights- Cairo
124. Civil Association for Children Cooperation- Cairo
125. Tijan Association for Society Development- Ismailia
126. Society Development Association in Bahnsa- El Menia
127. El Ghad El Moushreq Association for the Differently needed and
Development
128. Association of Industrial Development Science for the Crafts
129. National Youth Association- Helwan
130. Today Youth Association (Shabab El Hoyum)- Helwan
131. Fayuom's Sons Association for Development- Helwan
132. Human Lovers Association- Helwan
133. Society Association for Development in Shaloufa- Suez
134. Coast people Association for Society Development- Suez
135. Fransis Sons Association – Gharbia
136. Youth Without Borders Community- Cairo
137. Christians young Association – Aswan
138. Young, Population and Development Association in Aswan – Aswan
139. Afak for Development Association – Aswan
140. Resala Association – Aswan
141. Bedaya Association – Aswan
142. Women's Renaissance Association – Aswan
143. Society's Development Association - Bandaf
144. Society Development Association in Kafr Badran- Sharqia
145. New Society Development Association in Jadida- Sharqia
146. Masriya Association for Human Resources- Sharqia
147. Society Development Association in Magzer- Sharqia
148. Society Development Association in Shalshalmon- Sharqia
149. Society Development Association in Beni Khalil- Sharqia
150. The Coptic Charitable Association in Meet Beshar- Sharqia
151. Shahid FeloBatir Association in Kafr Salama Ibrahim- Sharqia
152. Society Development Association in Shobra el Enab- Sharqia
153. Zohoor el Hayat Association- Alexandria
154. El Sendouby Foundation- Alexandria
155. Family Planning Association- Alexandria
156. The Egyptian Legal and Constitutional Association for Human Rights-
Alexandria
157. Legal Consultancy Office – Cairo 

158. Jasmin Association for Development and Social Services 

159. Muslim Young women Association 

160. Local Community Development Association in Al Malahia – Beni Suif 

161. Environment Protection Association - Beni Suif 

162. Association of Capacity Support and Development 

163. The Social Defense Association- Behira 

164. Al Fawakhrya Association- North Sinai 

165. Nour El Rahman Association in Sendbast- Gharbia 

166. Society Development Association in Senbat- Gharbia 

167. Family Care Association in Zefta- Gharbia 

168. Society Development Association in Damanhour- Gharbia 

169. Huda Association in Tefahna- Gharbia 

170. Society Development Association in Tefahna- Gharbia 

171. Society Development Association in Meshat Hatem- Gharbia 

172. The Islamic Association for Social Development in Hayatem- Gharbia 

173. Society Development Association in Hanoon- Gharbia 

174. Society Development Association in Kafr Anan- Gharbia 

175. Social Services Association in Meet Rakha- Gharbia 

176. Society Development Association in Kafr El Sanadia- Gharbia 

177. Charitable Association in Shobra Malas- Gharbia 

178. El Safa Wa El Marwa Association in Zefta- Gharbia 

179. Society Development Association in Sharshaba- Gharbia 

180. Society Development Association in Kafr Hanout south- Gharbia 

181. Society Development Association in Kafr shobra koloug- Gharbia 

182. Society Development and Association Environment Improvement in 

Zefta- Gharbia
183. El Abrar in Waseef Mosque- Gharibia 

184. Society Development Association in Shobra El Yemen- Gharbia 

185. The Charitable Association in Kafr Shobra El Yemen- Gharbia 

186. Association of Egyptians for Human Rights- Gharbia 

187. Society Development Association in Fransis- Gharbia 

188. Al Bar W Al Taqwa Association in Kafr Anan- Gharbia 

189. Shenraq Charitable Association- Gharbia 

190. Society Development Association in Sandbsat- Gharbia 

191. Sahm el Seqa Foundation for Social Development- Ismailia 

192. Heia wi Hoa (She & He) Foundation for Human Development- Giza 

193. Society Development Association in Kafr El Dawar- Behira 

194. Legal Services for Women and Children Association- Alexandria 

195. Society Development Association in the fourth village- Behira 

196. Mahasen El Aamal Association- Alexandria 

197. El Hadeer Charitable Association- Alexandria 

198. Local Society Development Association in Gabrial- Alexandria 

199. Nagmet El Zohoor Charitable Association 

200. Arab Center for Studies- Alexandria 

201. Future Lawyers Federation 

202. Cleopatra Charitable Association 

203. Social Defense Department- Alexandria 

204. Mn Qalb Masr- Alexandria 

205. Society Development in Kafr El Dawar- Behira 

206. Women Association in Matai- El Menia 

207. The Women Association in Koum Wali Matai- Matai 

208. Roaad Association in Matai- El Menia 

209. Ghad Association in Ashnin Mashasha- El Menia 

210. Society Development Association in El Gendya Bani Mazar- El Menia 

211. Bahnasa Association for the Comprehensive Development- El Menia 

212. Bint Al Nil Association- El Menia 

213. Association of Pioneers of Culture House Samalout- El Menia 

214. The Egyptian Association for Human's Rights- El Menia 

215. Amal Association in Bani Mazar- El Menia 

216. Red crescent Association in Bani Samet- El Menia 

217. Evangelical Association for Development- El Menia 

218. Society Development Association in Deer El Senforya- El Menia 

219. Mary Gerges Association in Matai- El Menia 

220. El Nour Association for Society Development in Koum Wali Matai- El 

Menia
221. Muslim Youth Association in Koum Wali Matai- El Menia 

222. Society Development Association in Dokak El Mesk Matai- El Menia 

223. El Wafaa Association for Development of Bashosha village Samalout- 

El Menia
224. El Saida Zainab Association in El Sael El Gided- Aswan
225. Abbas El Akad Cultural Association for Society Development- Aswan 

226. Egyptian Family Development Association- Aswan 

227. Women's Day Association- Aswan 

228. El Abbas Ebn Abel Moteleb Association for Society Development- 

Aswan
229. Society and Environment Association in El Awaisa village- El Menia 

230. Fawakhria Association for Development- El Areesh 

231. Talaee El Tanmia Association- El Areesh 

232. Muslim Young Women Association- El Areesh 

233. The Gender Federation of Economic Development Associations- El 

Areesh
234. Health Improvement Association- El Areesh 

235. El Abrar Association for Local Society Association- El Areesh 

236. El Gora Association for local Society Development- El Areesh 

237. El Fairouz Association for the Environmental, Social and Economic 

Services- El Areesh
238. Sinai Foundation for the Environmental Science and Sustainable
Devlopment- El Areesh
239. Branch of the Legislative Association for Workers in the Qur'an and
Sunnah- El Areesh
240. El Masaeed Association for Local Society Development-El Areesh 

241. The Charitable Association for Specific Categories Care- El Areesh 

242. Life Makers Association- El Areesh 

243. Association of Sinai Women Rights Defense- Defense 

244. El Mostaqbal Association for the Sustainable Devlopment- El Areesh 

245. Charitable El Nahda Association- El Areesh 

246. Branch of the Public Association For Social Solidarity- El Areesh 

247. The Interregional Federation for Associations and Federation in El 

Areesh
248. Association of Women Breadwinner's Resources Development- El
Areesh
249. Awladi Association- El Areesh 

250. El Safa Association for Local Society Development- El Areesh 

251. Family Planning Association- El Areesh 

252. El Nour for Society Development Association- Fayuom 

253. El Nahdat Egyptian Developmental Association- Fayuom 

254. Association of the Comprehensive Developmental Service for the 

Environment- Fayuom
255. Local Society Development and Family Association- Fayuom 

256. Association of Preservation of the Environment- Fayuom 

257. Society Development Association in Manshiet Dakm- Fayuom 

258. El Mo'ed Association for Support of the Societal Participation- 

Fayuom
259. Arab Association for Human Development- Fayuom 

260. El Sa'ad Association for Society Development- Fayuom 

261. El Nagaa Islamic Association for Society Development and Egyptian 

Women- Fayuom
262. Association of Family, Environment and Development- Fayuom 

263. Women's Association for Society Development- Fayuom 

264. Association of Small Projects for Society Development- Fayuom 

265. The Local Federation for Workers in Fayuom 

266. Youth Parliament in Youth and Sport Directorate in Fayuom 

267. Red Crescent Association in Atsa Secondary school- Fayuom 

268. El Ehsan Association- Fayuom 

269. Facilitating Haj and Omra Association- Fayuom 

270. Society Development Association in Azab- Fayuom 

271. The Comprehensive Development Association in Abu Seer- Fayuom 

272. Arab Women Association- Sharqia 

273. Health Improvement Association- Sharqia 

274. El Kheir we El Baraka Association in Saaod- Sharqia 

275. The Egyptian Association for Family Planning- Sharqia 

276. Bisha Aamer Foundation for Human Development- Sharqia 

277. Local Society Development Association in Ard Om Baiomi- Qaliubia 

278. Youth business men Association in Banha- Qaliubia 

279. Legislative Association in El Bakri- Qaliubia 

280. Western Association for the Comprehensive Development- Qaliubia 

281. The Social Services for Development and Environment Protection- 

Qaliubia
282. Mohammad's Sunnah Association- Qaliubia 

283. Industrial Population Association- Qaliubia 

284. El Mostakbal Association- Qaliubia 

285. Al Amal lil Mashrouat al Saghira Association- Qaliubia 

286. Hai El Nouras Association- Ismailia 

287. Society Development Association in the seven eastern wells- Ismailia 

288. Tanmiat El Nasr in the El samakeen EL Gedida Association- Ismailia 

289. El Fateh Association in Abu Aasaker- Ismailia 

290. Mubarak Association in EL Manaif EL Gadida in Rahid Soliman 

manor- Ismailia
291. El Gamal Charitable Association for Society Development- Ismailia 

292. EL Sahaba Association in El Gamalim manor- Ismailia 

293. EL Soli El Gebly Association- Ismailia 

294. Abu Atwa Charitable Association for Society Development- Ismailia 

295. Society Development Association in Ain Ghasween- Ismailia 

296. Association to fight Smoking and Tuberculosis- Ismailia 

297. Mashriq Association for Development and Population- Sharqia 

298. Health Improvement Association- Suhag 

299. Muslim Young Women- Suhag 

300. EL Safa wa El Marwa- Suhag 

301. Good Offices- Suhag 

302. Nahdet Baladi- Suhag 

303. Orphan adaptation Association- Suhag 

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11/12/2019 1:34:48 PM
<![CDATA[AL chief takes part in closing session of investment conference in Manama]]>
He will also participate in the 3rd session of the world forum of business owners and investment during his Bahrain visit.

The events are aimed at enhancing investment and boosting innovation in light of the digital revolution in the Arab world.

The participants will discuss challenges emerging from the fourth industrial revolution and its effect on the private and public sectors in the Arab countries, said an official source with the AL. ]]>
11/12/2019 11:33:21 AM
<![CDATA[Executive list of cybercrime law to be issued soon: Senior MP]]>
In an interview with Egypt Today, Badawi, head of the communications committee, said the law will be issued during the coming period as its executive list is expected to be released within days.

Badawi said that the law combating computer-oriented crimes is one of the most important legislations that would also help deal with anti-state rumors circulated on social media and some websites.

The law decisively combats all forms of cybercrimes, whether identity theft or violating personal data or attacking private or state-owned websites, Badawi said, adding that it would also counter circulating fake photos of girls on social media, and the dissemination of false news that target national security.

Among the crimes that the law will deal with are Internet fraud and cyber extortion, Badawi said. He noted that the law will impose penalties of up to imprisonment and fine.



In May last year, the Parliament initialed a cybercrime bill aiming at combating the illegal use of computers and information networks.

The Anti-Cyber and Information Technology Crimes Law defines commonly used concepts such as “websites, traffic data, digital directory, personal statements and national security”.

On August 18, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ratified the anti-cybrecrime law allowing authorities, through a judge, to order the blocking of websites that "constitute a threat" to the state or publish fake news as well as jail or fine those who run them.

The law imposes jail terms of up to five years and fines ranging between LE 10,000 and LE 20 million.

According to the law, people whose social media accounts have more than 5,000 followers could be placed under supervision.

The law authorizes authorities to suspend or block any personal account which "publishes or broadcasts fake news or anything (information) inciting violating the law, violence or hatred".

The danger of fake news nowadays lies in their ability to spread rapidly over the internet through social media platforms and websites of high traffic.
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11/11/2019 2:46:20 PM
<![CDATA[Speaker, China's CPPCC chief talk economic cooperation, counterterrorism]]>
Abdel Aal considered the meeting as extension of the positive momentum witnessed in the relations between the two countries, and referred to the civilized history both countries share, according to Egyptian official statements.

The speaker said that Yang's visit comes within the framework of the keenness of Egypt and China to continue consultation on different regional and international issues of mutual concern, in light of the strategic and comprehensive relations between the two countries.

He also noted that the intense visits of high-level delegations from both countries are considered to be an important indication of the willingness of the political leadership of both countries to strengthen partnership and establish a humanitarian communication channel between their two states.

Concerning communication, Abdel Aal affirmed the importance Egypt attaches to the deepening of economic cooperation between Egypt and the Asian country. He referred to the Egyptian supportive stance toward China's "Belt and Road" initiative, as being in line with the African country's priorities and development strategy of the 2030 vision.

Abdel Aal considered such stance as a clear evidence of the similarity between the visions of the two countries concerning the importance of fostering global trade.

The Chinese initiative, “Belt and Road”, aims to boosting trade, investments, and infrastructure in over 150 countries in Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. The initiative is a revival to what was known as “The Silk Road.”

Abdel Aaal also affirmed Egypt's full support to the Chinese companies' work in Egypt, referring, in this regard, to the most significant legislations issued recently by the Egyptian Parliament to encourage foreign investment through providing appropriate investment climate.

Terrorism has been also part of the talks; Abdel Aal highlighted Egypt's leading role in combating terrorism, as well as establishing peace and security in the Middle East and Africa, especially in light of Egypt's chairmanship of the African Union for this year. He urged consolidating international efforts to counter such the terrorism phenomenon.

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Yang, for his part, affirmed the mutual vision of China and Egypt toward the issues of the region and the world of mutual concern, since the political leaders of the two countries announced the comprehensive strategic partnership in 2014.

On terrorism, the Chinese official reviewed his country's efforts to fight this global phenomenon, and praised Egypt's comprehensive counterterrorism concept. He voiced support to Egypt in combating terrorist acts.

Yang called on Egypt to make use of its pivotal and leading role to enhance the relations between China and each of Africa and the Arab nations.

He affirmed that Egypt has been among the first countries to back its "Belt and Road" initiative, affirming that the Egyptian-Chinese economic relations share many factors that enable their steady growth.

The CPPCC leader also addressed terrorism, saying that his country is keen to increase the number of Chinese tourists to Egypt.

At the Parliamentary level, Yang called for enhancing the bilateral relations to cope with the relations of comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in June called for activating cooperation between China and African countries, particularly in the infrastructure sector, during the African-Chinese mini summit on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan.

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11/11/2019 1:21:09 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt: Resigned Sudanese officer dies of severe pneumonia]]>
Sudanese media outlets have reported that protests broke out in the city of Omdurman in Khartoum, as people are skeptical about the circumstances of the death of former police officer Nizar al-Naeim.

In December, Naeim quit his job after he refused to execute police orders to disperse protests at that time. It was reported also that he had evidence the police used violence in dispersing protests outside the headquarters of the Sudanese Armed Forces in June 2019.

The Egyptian ministry affirmed that Naeim, along with his wife, had entered the Egyptian territories through Arqin border crossing on November 3, 2019 to receive treatment for severe pneumonia. Two days late, the wife informed the Sudanese Embassy in Cairo of his death at their residency in Bulak al-Dakror district in Giza, the ministry’s statement read.

Immediately, the embassy sent a representative and a physician to check the reasons of his death. Then, the dead body was transported to Zeinhom Morgue in downtown Cairo to finalize the legal documents for deporting the dead body.

On November 7, the embassy sent a letter to the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs over the officer’s death.
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11/10/2019 4:33:35 PM
<![CDATA[Turkey’s claims on Mediterranean gas haveno legal base: Cypriot amb. to UN]]>
In January 2019, the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum, which includes Greece, Italy, Jordan, Palestine and Israel, was founded. In 2014, Egypt and Cyprus along with Greece established the tripartite summit. In 2017, the three countries signed an agreement to strengthen military cooperation.

Cairo and Larnaca cooperate in the fields of trade, investment and counter-terrorism.

Cyprus, which lies on the northeastern corner of the Mediterranean Sea, has strategic importance to both Europe and other regional neighbors, as its location makes it an essential part of the security dynamics in the region. Cyprus is a member of the European Union, but is not a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). However, Cyprus remains a crucial element to NATO operations in the Mediterranean region.

Since 2007, Cyprus has faced Turkish provocation in the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). In a wide- ranging interview with Egypt Today, Andreas D. Mavroyiannis, permanent representative of Cyprus to the United Nations, discussed the strong relations between Egypt and Cyprus, Turkish aggression in the region, as well as Ankara’s claims on Mediterranean gas.

The past four years witnessed a great development in the Egyptian-Cypriot relations in all fields and departments. How do the two countries cooperate inside the UN on regional issues?

Mavroyiannis: Our relation with Egypt goes back to our independence, since the time of president GamalAbdelNasser and president Makarios III. We have been working together in the nonaligned organization moving itsagenda. We are Very close neighbors and have a lot of synergy in many issues. Today it’s becoming closer and closer.

The last few years we have bilateral cooperation in many aspects and the relation is becoming very strong between Greece, Cyprus and Egypt. Greece and Cyprus are members of the European Union so we can offer access to the EU for Egypt and Egypt offer us access to the region. We are also working together in programs of the union of the Mediterraneanas well as intourism and business exchange. There are prominent Egyptian investments in Cyprus in real estate and other fields. We are so close and have afriendly and natural relationship.

There are repeated Turkish attempts to disrupt Cyprus’ efforts to benefit from its natural resources in the Exclusive Economic Zone. How does this affect your activities?

Mavroyiannis: Of course, we are a small country and we are trying to protect our own rights. Definitely, we donot pose danger onanybody; all we want is to create cooperation withall countries that is based on mutual respect and respect to the international law. Based on this idea, we don’t do anything that mightaffect turkey’s right, but at the same time we won’t allow things that clearly violate our own rights.We need to find ways to delimitatemaritime zones in accordance with the international law as we did with Egypt and Israel.

We all know the enormous needs of the European Union countries when it comes to natural gas, so if we come together to provide a channel to pipeline gas to Europe, we will benefit each other and we are going to contribute to energy security inthe EU.It’s about creating the right conditions for cooperation. Cyprus so far has not made important discoveries like Egypt and Israel, but the odds are high for our location and because of that we are part of any kind of cooperation in the eastern Mediterranean.

But Turkey refuses to recognize the delimitation deal on the maritime zone..
Mavroyiannis: Turkey's situation is very complicated and it doesn’t start now.They have had problems in the maritime area with Greece and with us for more than 45 years; they have a very illogical notion of the international law. Turkey is the only country that has this notion of not recognizing maritime zones of islands. They have claims regardinga maritime area that very clearly belongs to Cyprus.Cyprus has done all what it takes in order to proclaim itas a national zone. The Turkishclaims are not based on any national or international law and they exploit the occupied part of Cyprus to challenge the sovereign rights of Cyprus or its natural resources based on the allegations that this belongs to the north of Cyprus.

You put the issue of Varosha before the Security Council and there weredecisions, why didn’t you bring up the issue of gas atUN also?

(Varosha is the southern quarter of the Cypriot city of Famagusta; its inhabitants fled during the Turkish invasion in 1974. Last October, the Security Council reaffirmed its previous resolutions 550 and 789 which state that any attempt to populate Varosha with people other than its inhabitants is inadmissible. These reaffirmations came after the Turkish triedto open the city).

Mavroyiannis: It’s before the UN, I mean we are always writing letters and talking about this in the Security Council. Last October, we went on a very specific problem concerningVarosha, where we have a UN resolution and we wanted a reaffirmation of this resolution to avoid all actions taken by Turkey in Varosha. We didn’t tackleatthe Security Council many dimensions of the problem because we didn’t want to make it more difficult for the council to adopt a reaction. We wanted a very clear reaction which we’ve already gotten. It doesn’t mean the other issue isn’t there, but it’s a small part of the problem that we face with Turkey.

The European Union has taken procedures against Turkey; however, they weren’t enough to stop it from continuing its aggression in the Mediterranean Sea.

How does Cyprus see the international response to Turkishbehavior in the region?
Mavroyiannis:This is always the problem.You can’t just keep silent and do nothing; whether this is enough to stop the violation, it’s another issue. Sometimes it takes too long, but you need to make a statementthat what is happening is completely unacceptable. I mean you need to be also realistic and pragmatic; we don’t have the same size of Turkey and we don’t command the same international interest.

Mr. Mike Pompeo warned Ankara about its illegal drilling; how may the US position affect the situation? Do you think that Cyprus can count on the US to take a decisive position against Turkey given what happened with the Kurds?

Mavroyiannis: The US, of course, isn’t against us. For what happened in Syria, this is just one of the results of the US boarder policy in the last two years which is based on new isolationism. Americans are withdrawing from many areas around the world, including from the most crucial area in the Middle East. It’s similar to their isolation after World War I; rather than engaging in the world affairs, they are moving out.

Now America doesn’t show leadership. From this point of view, you can explain what’s happening inSyria today, but of course there are a lot of disappointments because a lot of promises weren't kept.

At the end, we are never happy when the US seems to accommodate power like Turkey in conducting this kind of policies and I believe that nobody should be happy with this. Sometimes when there is vacuum, you find some regional power, an authoritarian regime, stepping in and this is what happed. So it’s a very dangerous situation. And eventually we don’t know what’s coming next.

France sent amilitaryship to the region.Do you expect any military escalation from Turkey?

Mavroyiannis:This is not the idea. I believe that at the end we go to our European partners and many countries are going to send a strong message but nobody wants to have clashes. We don’t want a military option, but yes it’s important to receive a strong message one way or the other as a deterrent so everything helps. France's step is most welcome as a message but certainly I don’t see the intensions to engage in military clashes.

But there are some kind of clash happening between Turkey and Greece?
Mavroyiannis: With Greece, it’s very dangerous because the situation in the Aegean Sea has been very bad for many years. But let me be very clear that nobody, I mean nobody except turkey, wants to engage in military clashes, so they need to understand it’s unacceptable.

What do you expect from the international community to do in this issue?

Mavroyiannis: First and foremost, it’s important to very strongly affirm that the Turkish behavior contradicts with the international law and is unacceptable,and then it’s also important for Turkey to paya certain price,which means measures, such as lack of development in the relations with the European Union, and other things,to affirm that continuing with the illegalities has a high cost.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the United Nations was committed to helping with the Cypriot conflict, but the negotiations came to a deadlock.What are the obstacles that hinder the negotiations? What are your conditions for continuing the negotiations?

Mavroyiannis: The obstacles are the lack of political will by Turkey and the Turkish-Cypriot side; they are asking to get everything before we start negotiating, but, as far as we are concerned, we have been working with the special envoy to set up the process according to a contract.

When it comes to the process, we have no conditions, but in order to start the actual negotiations, it’s important to stop the illegal drilling and violations in Varosha settlement.

Regarding theTurkishinvasion of North East Syria, despite themany reports about war crimes committed by the Turkish army, we haven't seen any condemnation from the Security Council. All the concerned organizations are either expressing concern or calling on all parties to De-escalate,while there is only one party waging aggression on the territory of another country, so how do you explain this position from UN?

Mavroyiannis: Thereaction of the UN is always based on the work done by the Security Council, and the council is a body that has the capacity to react. But in order to react, it needs the agreement of the permanent members, so when discussions started, there have been a lot of problems. It is important to go step by step and if there are accusations of War Crimes or something else, they must be properly investigated.

I understand the priority of the Security Council is to stop fighting, but that does not mean that everything is fine; therefore,sometimes political experience and political consideration stand in the way but I hope that the Security Council has not said the last word and very clearly we all need to be very honest.When there are violations, we need to investigate and we need to do the right thing to stop those violations first.

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11/10/2019 4:11:22 PM
<![CDATA[Parl't affairs min. leaves for Geneva to attend human rights UPR]]>
Head of the government's National Council for Human Rights Speaker Mohamed Fayek also left for Geneva.

Marwan confirmed earlier that the government had held meetings with a number of ministries and civil society organizations to review Egypt's efforts in the field of human rights, in preparation for the Geneva session.

He also affirmed that the Egyptian government had abided by its international commitments and had implemented many of the recommendations made in the previous session in 2014.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on November 6th affirmed Egypt's support to human rights from a comprehensive perspective that includes economic, social, health, and educational rights, the Presidency said in a statement.

During the 12th periodic conference of the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions held in Cairo, Sisi said that the concept of human rights was not only limited to political aspects, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi reported.

He affirmed, in this regard, the keenness to enhance efforts of continental integration, to meet the aspirations and developmental and economic ambitions of the African states’ peoples.

Radi highlighted Egypt’s pivotal role at the African work level, with the aim of improving the human rights situation in the continent.

Sisi referred to the Egypt's presidency of the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions, saying that it came as part of the Egyptian State's plan to develop the form of interaction with regional and international mechanisms concerned with human rights issues.

President Sisi earlier affirmed keenness to respect human rights in Egypt, saying, in a meeting with the African Commission on Human and peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) delegation in Cairo in April, that promoting human rights is one of Egypt’s priorities in its 2030 Vision.

He also emphasized the state’s role in promoting religious tolerance, acceptance and coexistence, as well as entrenching the concept of citizenship.

As Egypt hosts millions of expats and refugees, Sisi said they practice all their rights and activities freely according to UN conventions.

The Parliament, earlier, in September, affirmed that Egypt would continue its national efforts to promote human rights and will not be dissuaded by any tendentious voices. It is well known that Egypt will submit its national report in the next few weeks to the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, and this reflects the constructive spirit of cooperation with various international partners besides Egypt’s achievements over the past four years, difficulties and hopes for the future.
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11/10/2019 2:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[Tehran says able to enrich uranium up to 60%]]>
AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said during a news conference at the underground Fordow nuclear plant that the organization has the possibility to produce 5 percent, 20 percent and 60 percent.

Last month, Iran's highest political authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said had never pursued the building or use of nuclear weapons, however, it announced resuming uranium enrichment at Fordow.

This decision was taken despite the 2015 nuclear pact that bans production of nuclear material at Fordow, which was hid from UN non-proliferation inspectors until its exposure in 2009.

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will visit Fordow on Sunday, Kamalvandi said.

Since May, Iran has begun to exceed limits on its nuclear capacity set by the pact in retaliation for U.S. pressure on Tehran to negotiate restrictions on its ballistic missile program and support for proxy forces around the Middle East.

Iran says its measures are reversible if European signatories to the accord manage to restore its access to foreign trade promised under the nuclear deal but blocked by the reimposition of U.S. sanctions.]]>
11/10/2019 2:43:30 AM
<![CDATA[Qatari Leaks report exposes IRGC visit to Doha]]>
The visit comes as protests have been boiling in Iraq, demanding an end to corruption and Iranian interference in the country.

The Qatari Leaks report said IRGC officials have visited Doha to coordinate efforts to extinguish the Iraqi revolution.

In April, Qatar and Turkey have voiced objection against a US decision to designate the IRGC as a terrorist group.

Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani. has said disagreements over the Iranian army’s behavior, or that of any other army, should not be solved by imposing sanctions.

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11/9/2019 1:59:50 PM
<![CDATA[Former Turkish PM vows to hold Erdogan accountable for freezing university assets]]>
Reports said Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank has frozen all assets of the Istanbul Şehir University.

Davutoğlu is one of the university’s founders.

In a press conference, Davutoğlu said these sanctions hide political motives, which will be exposed by time.

According to a statement by the university, the bank aims at halting the functioning of an institute of higher education.

He further affirmed that he will announce the founding committee of his new party by the end of 2019.

Davutoğlu had resigned from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in September and formally announced that he is establishing a new party.]]>
11/9/2019 1:49:26 PM
<![CDATA[Moscow advises citizens to avoid travelling to Iraq]]>
In its travel advisory, the ministry warned citizens against visiting Iraq, citing the critical situation in several Iraqi areas and difficulty in providing consular assistance there, RT channel reported.

Visiting Iraq would pose major threats on the Russian citizens there, it said.

Protests and demonstrations against the deteriorating living conditions, high unemployment rates and corruption have been hitting the Arab country since early October. ]]>
11/9/2019 12:16:35 PM
<![CDATA[Syrian president: Erdogan to send extremists, terrorists to Europe]]>
In an interview with RT channel, the Syrian president said that the EU adopts a double-standard approach in its relations with Erdogan, adding that the EU member states hate Erdogan and need him at the same time.

Sending refugees to Europe is a dangerous matter but supporting terrorists in Syria is much more dangerous, Assad underlined.

Assad explained that not all refugees in Turkey are from Syria and that they are not all terrorists, noting that the refugees have fled their countries due to terrorism. ]]>
11/9/2019 11:37:54 AM
<![CDATA[Kurds demand EU to get tougher with Turkey, or face IS]]>
"The threat is very big due to the arbitrary way in which the United States has withdrawn. This has allowed many (Islamic State) members to escape and they will make their way back to their countries to continue their terrorist activities."

"This poses a big threat to Britain and to Europe in general," Ahmed added.

A tumult created by the U.S. withdrawal and the Turkish offensive into Syria mean that captured IS fighters could escape and travel to Europe.

She further called on Europe to deploy troops to secure the Syrian-Turkish border and prevent fighters crossing, and to cease all arms sales to Turkey. "Our people are being killed by European weapons," she said.

Turkey views the Kurdish YPG militia as a terrorist organization because of its links to Kurdish militants in southeastern Turkey. The SDC is the political wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces, of which the YPG is the main component.

The Kurds are mainly Sunni Muslims who speak a language related to Farsi and live in a mountainous region straddling the borders of Armenia, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey. They have never obtained a permanent nation state.

Ahmed also said the West should investigate Turkey's alleged use of chemical weapons against the Kurds. She called on Europe to ensure Ankara was held responsible for what she said were Turkish war crimes during its offensive.

"EU-candidate Turkey is not the same Turkey you think you know - it is now a radical Islamist state and you, Europe, should understand that," Ahmed said, adding that the EU should cut off accession talks with Turkey and scrap any trade deals.

"Turkey needs to be afraid and it is not right now," Ahmed said, adding that top-level IS militants had found refuge in Turkish-controlled areas of northern Syria.]]>
11/9/2019 10:29:02 AM
<![CDATA[Washington meetings on GERD: outcome, future steps]]>
The meetings were held with United States Secretary of Treasure Steven Mnuchin, in the presence of representatives from the World Bank, as Shoukry headed on Sunday to the US capital, to attend the negotiations and break the GERD deadlock.

Foreign Minister Shoukry said on Nov. 1 that Egypt welcomes the US mediation in the tripartite negotiations between Egypt and the upstream countries [Ethiopia and Sudan], adding that Egypt has welcomed the US invitation to hold a meeting in Washington to resolve the differences.

“This invitation comes in accordance with Article No. 10 of the Declaration of Principles, which stipulates that if the three countries could not find a solution to these differences, they have to ask for mediation,” Shoukry said.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its water share after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011. A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began in 2014. One year later, the three countries signed the Declaration of Principles, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam. However, Cairo has recently blamed Addis Ababa for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem.

Meeting Graham
Shoukry reviewed with Senator Lindsey Graham, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Egypt’s efforts to reach an agreement on GERD to preserve the interests of all concerned countries.

"This (goal) has not been achieved so far because the Ethiopian side has not responded," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement added that Shoukry reviewed the regional development and the Egyptian vision to address the different crises in the Middle East. He also reviewed Egypt’s efforts to reach political solutions to regional problems as well as ways to face the Turkish role in destabilizing the region, Hafez’s statement added.

The two sides also discussed the strategic ties between the two countries as well as the need for continued US support for Egypt to be able to confront security, political, economic and social challenges.

Meeting Trump

President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised a meeting with top representatives from the three countries, saying on his Twitter that it “went well and discussions will continue during the day!.”

Positive results
Eventually, Shoukry, before leaving Washington, on Wednesday said that the meetings yielded positive results.

Shoukry said that the outcome of these meetings would set a course for negotiations and a clear and specific timetable, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

It was decided that four urgent meetings for ministers of water resources of the three countries would be held, with the participation of representatives from the US and the World Bank, Shoukry said. The meetings will be concluded by reaching an agreement on filling and operating GERD within two months, by January 15, he added.

During this period, two meetings will be held in Washington at the invitation of Mnuchin to assess progress in negotiations, according to Shoukry.

Shoukry expressed President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's deep appreciation for Trump's sponsorship of these talks and his reception of the three ministers.

President Sisi also lauded the constructive and pivotal role played by President Trump and the US, which reflects the depth of the strategic relations between Egypt and the United States, saying that this would contribute to reaching an agreement on the filling and operation of GERD and promoting stability and development in the East Africa region.

Shoukry praised the Mnuchin's constructive role as he chaired the meeting with the ministers of the three countries.

During the intensive meetings held, Shoukry stressed that Egypt is seeking to reach a balanced agreement that will enable Ethiopia to achieve the purpose of generating electricity, without harming Egypt's water interests and rights.
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11/8/2019 1:51:17 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to hold one-week conference on religious discourse]]>
Sisi’s remarks came in his speech on the occasion of Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday (Al-Mawlid Al-Nabawi) celebrated by many Muslims in several countries, and is believed by Sunni scholars to be on Rabi' al-Awwal 12, according to the Islamic calendar (November 9, 2019).

President Sisi asked politicians, economists and intelligentsia to participate in this conference to tackle all aspects of this important case. Sisi said he had a “relentless will” to counter terrorism as it badly affected the image of Islam, adding that Egyptian people are in a continuous struggle against terrorism.

"The Islamic nation needs a true revolutionized religious ideology to fight extremism and those who misuse the name of Islam," Egyptian Minister of Endowment Shawki Allam said at the celebration of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday.

"The nation needs a revolution that rectifies the religious discourse," he added, noting that the ministry, in cooperation with Al-Azhar, exerted tremendous efforts to adopt jurisprudence that serves the country and the nation. The ministry is keen on boosting women’s role, according to the minister.

"The Ministry of Endowment is working on globalizing its role in rectifying the image of Islam worldwide," the minister said, adding that the sermons of Friday prayer are being translated into 18 languages. This initiative was launched this month under the title “This is Islam.”

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11/8/2019 12:40:34 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Bahraini king talk fostering cooperation, laud Riyadh agreement]]>
President Sisi and King Hamad praised the agreement reached between the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Riyadh under the patronage of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the support of the Emirati government and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed.

The king affirmed Bahrain's keenness to continue developing and enhancing bilateral cooperation in various fields, in a way that meets the common interests of the peoples of the two sisterly countries, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.

King Hamad praised Egypt's pioneering developmental progress, which helped achieve qualitative accomplishments in various sectors under President Sisi. He expressed his appreciation for Egypt's consistent and supportive stances and its outstanding contributions over the decades to support the path of development in Bahrain.

The king also praised Egypt's historical role to protect the Arab national security, defend Arab causes and interests, and enhance peace, security and stability in the Middle East.

The two sides reviewed the latest regional developments. President Sisi stressed Egypt's firm stance towards the security of the Arab Gulf region as an integral part of Egypt's national security.

They also touched on a number of crises experienced by some Arab countries, and reviewed efforts to counter terrorism and extremist ideology as well as foreign interference. They agreed to support efforts to find political solutions to the various crises in the region.
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11/8/2019 11:05:34 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi says tried to persuade Mansour to run for president]]>
“I asked President Adli Mansour to run [for president] so that I remain in my place as I am [as defense minister] … and that I would make everything possible for Egypt and for you, but he said that ‘it was not possible, and that it’s okay and enough.’”

Sisi’s remarks came in his speech on the occasion of Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday (Al-Mawlid Al-Nabawi) celebrated by many Muslims in several countries, and is believed by Sunni scholars to be on 12th Rabi' al-awwal, according to the Islamic calendar (November 9th this year).

Referring to challenges the country is facing, the president affirmed that extremism, terrorism, and physical and moral destruction would not be able to prevent people from moving towards a better future.

Sisi referred to the June 30 revolution in 2013, which ousted Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated President Mohamed Morsi, saying that he asked Egyptians to take to streets on July 24 this year to give him the authorization to fight terrorism, as these groups have the belief that they “must rule you or kill.” He added that these groups resort to spreading lies and false news, as well as using arms as part of their destruction plan.

Nile Award

In his first decree as president, Sisi awarded Mansour the Nile Order, Egypt’s highest state honor, during a ceremony at the Qubba Palace, in 2014.

This came to pay gratitude to Mansour, who led the country during the critical stage following the June 30 revolution.
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11/7/2019 2:31:21 PM
<![CDATA[Washington meetings on GERD yielded positive results: Egypt’s FM]]>
Shoukry said that the outcome of these meetings would set a course for negotiations and a clear and specific timetable, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The meetings came under the auspices of the United States and with the participation of the President of the World Bank.

It was decided that four urgent meetings for ministers of water resources of the three countries would be held, with the participation of representatives from the US and the World Bank, Shoukry said.The meetings will be concluded by reaching an agreement on filling and operating GERD within two months, by January 15, he added.

During this period, two meetings will be held in Washington at the invitation of US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to assess progress in negotiations, according to Shoukry.

Shoukry expressed President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's deep appreciation for US President Donald Trump's sponsorship of these talks and his reception of the three ministers.

President Sisi also lauded the constructive and pivotal role played by President Trump and the US, which reflects the depth of the strategic relations between Egypt and the United States, saying that this would contribute to reaching an agreement on the filling and operation of GERD and promoting stability and development in the East Africa region.

Shoukry praised the Mnuchin's constructive role as he chaired the meeting with the ministers of the three countries.

During the intensive meetings held, Shoukry stressed that Egypt is seeking to reach a balanced agreement that will enable Ethiopia to achieve the purpose of generating electricity, without harming Egypt's water interests and rights.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the $4-billion GERD; Cairo voiced concern over its water share after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011.

A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began in 2014. One year later, the three countries signed the Declaration of Principles, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam. However, Cairo and Addis Ababa have recently blamed each other for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem.

On Sunday November 3, Shoukry headed to Washington to participate in the trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia, upon the invitation of the U.S. Administration.

Shoukry in the US reviewed with Chair of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Lindsey Graham Egypt’s efforts to reach an agreement on GERD to preserve the interests of all concerned countries.

"This (goal) has not been achieved so far because the Ethiopian side has not responded," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said in a statement on Wednesday.

Later, on Wednesday, the foreign ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan and their delegations met with Mnuchin and the president of the World Bank.

The ministers reaffirmed their joint commitment to reach a comprehensive, cooperative, adaptive, sustainable, and mutually beneficial agreement on the filling and operation of GERD and to establish a clear process for fulfilling that commitment in accordance with the 2015 Declaration of Principles.

The foreign ministers noted their agreement to hold four technical governmental meetings at the level of water ministers.

The ministers agreed that the World Bank and the US would support and attend the meetings as observers.

Trump tweeted, “Just had a meeting with top representatives from Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan to help solve their long running dispute on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, one of the largest in the world, currently being built.

“The meeting went well and discussions will continue during the day!”]]>
11/7/2019 10:53:36 AM
<![CDATA[Trump says meeting with Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan top officials 'went well']]>



Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the $4-billion GERD; Cairo voiced concern over its water share after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011.

A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began in 2014. One year later, the three countries signed the Declaration of Principles, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam. However, Cairo and Addis Ababa have recently blamed each other for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem.

On Sunday November 3, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed to Washington to participate in the trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia, upon the invitation of the U.S. Administration.

Shoukry in the US reviewed with Chair of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Lindsey Graham Egypt’s efforts to reach an agreement on GERD to preserve the interests of all concerned countries.

"This (goal) has not been achieved so far because the Ethiopian side has not responded," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement added that Shoukry reviewed the regional development and the Egyptian vision to address the different crises in the Middle East. He also reviewed Egypt’s efforts to reach political solutions to regional problems as well as ways to face the Turkish role in destabilizing the region, Hafez’s statement added.

The two sides also discussed the strategic ties between the two countries as well as the need for continued US support for Egypt to be able to confront security, political, economic and social challenges.


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11/6/2019 10:04:08 PM
<![CDATA[Human rights not limited to political aspects: Sisi]]>
During the 12th periodic conference of the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions held in Cairo, Sisi said that the concept of human rights is not only limited to political aspects, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.

He affirmed, in this regard, the keenness to enhance efforts of continental integration, to meet the aspirations and developmental and economic ambitions of the African states’ peoples.

Radi highlighted Egypt’s pivotal role at the African work level, with the aim of improving the human rights situation in the continent.

Sisi referred to the Egypt's presidency of the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions, saying that it comes as part of the Egyptian State's plan to develop the form of interaction with regional and international mechanisms concerned with human rights issues.

President Sisi earlier affirmed keenness to respect human rights in Egypt, saying, in a meeting with the African Commission on Human and peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) delegation in Cairo in April, that promoting human rights is one of Egypt’s priorities in its 2030 Vision.

He also emphasized the state’s role in promoting religious tolerance, acceptance and coexistence, as well as entrenching the concept of citizenship.

As Egypt hosts millions of expats and refugees, Sisi said they practice all their rights and activities freely according to UN conventions.]]>
11/6/2019 8:07:18 PM
<![CDATA[Shoukry reviews Egypt’s efforts to reach agreement on GERD ]]>
"This (goal) has not been achieved so far because the Ethiopian side has not responded," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement added that Shoukry reviewed the regional development and the Egyptian vision to address the different crises in the Middle East.He also reviewed Egypt’s efforts to reach political solutions to regional problems as well as ways to face the Turkish role in destabilizing the region, Hafez’s statement added.

The two sides also discussed the strategic ties between the two countries as well as the need for continued US support for Egypt to be able to confront security, political, economic and social challenges.

On Sunday November 3, Shoukry headed to Washington to participate in the trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia, upon the invitation of the U.S. Administration. The meeting, scheduled for November 6, will also be attended by the World Bank, and aims at discussing the Renaissance Dam issue.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its water share after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011.

A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began in 2014. One year later, the three countries signed the Declaration of Principles, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam. However, Cairo and Addis Ababa have recently blamed each other for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem.]]>
11/6/2019 1:45:01 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt holds presidency of African Network of National Human Rights Institutions]]>
The African Network is a regional organization of national institutions that promote and protect human rights in the African continent.

Fayek’s speech came on the sidelines of the twelfth periodic conference of the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions.

The conference was attended by representatives of 44 African countries members of the Commission, as well as representatives of local, regional and international human rights bodies and diplomatic missions in Egypt.

Fayek added that the conference of the African Network of National Human Rights Institutions is the first event organized in Cairo. He stressed that the theme of the conference revolves around the Global Compact for Migration, the common vision of national human rights institutions and the challenges in its implementation.

Fayek added that the issue of migration is one of the most important issues that concern the people of the African continent and the world, asserting that the discussions in the conference focus on ways to implement the Global Compact for safe and orderly migration.

It is worth mentioning that Egypt signed the document establishing the African Network of National Human Rights Institutions on the occasion of the Sixth Conference of African National Human Rights Institutions, held in the Rwandan capital of Kigali in October 2007 at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

The vision of the African Network is to achieve human rights endeavors in every African country in accordance with the Paris Principles.

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11/5/2019 5:49:51 PM
<![CDATA[Parliament initially approves bill allowing Sisi to chair GEM board of trustees]]>
In accordance with Article No. 6 of the new bill, the board of trustees shall consist of 15-25 members. Moreover, the President is authorized to issue a decree to form the board of trustees and specify the membership term.

The museum's Board of Trustees will be responsible for approving the general policies, plans and strategic affairs of the museum, enabling the authority to make decisions deemed as necessary, and allowing the museum to fulfill its cultural, historical and scientific mission to the world.

Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anany previously said that the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum will be the largest celebration organized by Egypt in the recent period, given the interest of the whole world in this event.

The opening is expected to be attended by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as well as kings, princes, presidents, heads of international organizations, and senior officials from all around the world.

On October 17, 2019, the government issued new amendments to the executive regulations of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) to form a new board of trustees chaired by the President of Egypt.

The new regulations set clear terms of reference for the Board of Trustees, after the approval of the Committee of Culture, Information and Antiquities at the House of Representatives.

Article 5 of the draft law stipulates that the trustees,and the museum management will subject to the administration of the board of directors, and the chief executive officer.
Additional reporting by Mustafa Marie
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11/5/2019 3:15:46 PM
<![CDATA[China slams 'terroristic' Hong Kong attack on state media office]]>
Hardcore demonstrators in the financial hub smashed the windows of the official Xinhua news agency's regional bureau on Saturday, capping another weekend of unrest that also saw scores of arrests and a gruesome attack on a pro-democracy lawmaker.

"Vandalizing a news agency is as terroristic as challenging the bottom line of civilization," Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily said in a Facebook post.

The post was accompanied by a video of a man being beaten and stripped of his clothing by people the publication called "rioters" in the Mong Kok area.

"Intensifying violence in Hong Kong calls for tougher line to restore order," the state-run China Daily, an English-language mainland newspaper, said in the headline of an editorial.

The protesters "court the indulgence extended to them by friendly local and Western media outlets, while seeking to silence those trying to put the protests in the spotlight of truth," the article said.

"They are doomed to fail simply because their violence will encounter the full weight of the law."

China has run Hong Kong under a special "one country, two systems" model, which allows the city liberties not seen on the mainland, since the financial hub's handover from the British in 1997.

But public anger has been building for years over fears that Beijing has begun eroding those freedoms, especially since President Xi Jinping came to power.

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The nationalist tabloid Global Times called in an editorial on Sunday for "Hong Kong's law enforcement agencies to bring the mob to justice as soon as possible" for vandalising Xinhua's office.

Neither the editorials nor People's Daily's Facebook post mentioned a knife attack on Sunday in Tai Koo Shing, a middle-class neighbourhood on Hong Kong's main island where a rally had been taking place, which left at least five people wounded.

Eyewitnesses told local media that a Mandarin-speaking man attacked people on Sunday shortly after shouting pro-Beijing slogans. In Hong Kong, the lingua franca is Cantonese.

Live footage showed Andrew Chiu, a local pro-democracy councillor, having his ear bitten off after trying to subdue the attacker, while a second man was seen unconscious in a growing pool of blood as bystanders desperately tried to stem wounds to his back.

Hong Kong has seen months of protests, initially sparked by opposition to a now-scrapped proposal to allow extraditions of criminal suspects to mainland China.

They quickly snowballed into a wider anti-government movement after Beijing and local leaders in Hong Kong took a hard line.

Beijing warned on Friday after a four-day meeting of Communist Party leaders that it would not tolerate any challenges to its authority over Hong Kong, while laying out plans to boost patriotism in the city and change how its leader is chosen or removed.

China Daily also noted that the party plans to strengthen Hong Kong's legal system to "safeguard national security".

"Those Hong Kong residents whose lives have been disrupted by the intensifying violence of intimidation -- instigated and organized by those hoping to use Hong Kong as a means to destabilize the nation -- will be glad when life returns to normal," the newspaper said.

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11/4/2019 3:12:26 PM
<![CDATA[McDonald's CEO out after 'consensual relationship' with employee]]>
Easterbrook was replaced by Chris Kempczinski, the president of McDonald's USA. Kempczinski was also elected to the board of directors.

"Easterbrook... has separated from the company following the board's determination that he violated company policy and demonstrated poor judgment involving a recent consensual relationship with an employee," the company said in a statement.

There were no additional details of his ouster, and whether he was fired or allowed to resign.

Kempczinski "has the right mix of skills and experience to lead us forward having run our US business, where franchisees are delivering strong financial and operational results, and overseen global strategy, business development and innovation," the company quoted Enrique Hernandez Jr, chairman of McDonald's board of directors, as saying.

In its most recent earnings report, on October 22, McDonald's said profits dipped 1.8 percent in the third quarter from the year-ago period to $1.6 billion. Revenues edged up 1.1 percent to $5.4 billion.

The fast-food giant notched a healthy 5.9 percent increase in global comparable sales, including a solid rise in the United States.

But profits were pressured by increased spending on technology and research and development.

McDonald's has invested heavily in home-delivery and mobile pay initiatives in recent years, and in 2019 has unveiled a number of acquisitions to boost its drive-through operation.

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11/4/2019 3:10:21 PM
<![CDATA[Trump impeachment inquiry awaits key witnesses, but some will be no-shows]]>
Refusals by Trump loyalists to appear before Democratic-led committees could set the stage for a battle between the White House and lawmakers over their power to conduct the investigations. Some Democrats say Trump, who has ordered administration officials not to cooperate, should face an obstruction of justice charge among the impeachment counts they plan to consider against him.

Three White House budget officials, including the acting budget director, are already refusing to show up, a senior Trump administration official said, citing the White House’s opposition to the inquiry. Their testimony is considered critical to helping determine whether Trump used foreign aid as leverage to secure a political favor.

Another important witness slated for Monday is John Eisenberg, the top lawyer for the White House National Security Council. Lawmakers are especially interested in questioning him about a July 25 phone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Trump’s political rival Joe Biden, a former vice president.

Eisenberg was involved in a decision to take the unusual step of moving a transcript of the call into the White House’s most classified computer system, according to a person familiar with last week’s testimony by Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman.

Eisenberg also told Vindman, who listened in on the call, not to discuss the matter when the White House aide and several other National Security Council officials reported to him their concerns about the conversation, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Vindman testified that he found it improper to demand a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen and was so worried about the implications that he took the matter to Eisenberg.

TRUMP: DEMOCRATS TRYING TO ‘FIX’ PROCESS

The impeachment inquiry in the Democratic-led House of Representatives focuses on Trump’s request in the July phone call for Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens. Trump made his request after withholding $391 million in security aid approved by Congress to help Ukraine fight Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

The House investigation is probing whether Trump misused the power of his office and, if so, whether that amounted to “high crimes and misdemeanors” that merit impeachment and removal from office under the Constitution.

Trump, who has denied any wrongdoing, accused the Democrats on Twitter on Sunday of “working overtime to FIX the Impeachment ‘Process’ in order to hurt the Republican Party and me.”

Democrats are expected to wrap up the closed-door testimony in coming weeks and begin public hearings.

A parade of current and former U.S. officials have testified the White House went outside normal diplomatic channels to pressure Zelenskiy. Some appeared in defiance of Trump’s orders, while others have resisted testifying, which critics have called an attempt to stonewall the proceedings.

It was unclear whether Eisenberg - as well as his deputy, Michael Ellis - would show up on Monday.

There were also questions whether Robert Blair, senior adviser to Trump’s acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, would appear on Monday. Media reports have said he would not testify. His lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.

The White House declined to comment on whether Eisenberg and Blair would appear.

However, three other officials - the White House Office of Management and Budget acting director Russ Vought and two of his deputies, Michael Duffey and Brian McCormack - will not appear for questioning scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, the administration official said on condition of anonymity.

Democratic committee members have also asked former national security adviser John Bolton, who Trump fired in September, to appear on Thursday. Others have testified that Bolton was alarmed by the effort to pressure Zelenskiy. Bolton’s lawyer has said he is not willing to testify unless a subpoena is issued.

Asked whether Bolton should testify, Trump told reporters on Sunday: “That’s up to him and up to the lawyers ... I like John Bolton, I always got along with him.”


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11/4/2019 3:06:40 PM
<![CDATA[Terrorist attacks not to disrupt economic development: PM]]>
Madbouli referred to the declaration of the state of emergency nationwide for three months, saying that "evil" powers are taking advantage of the threats and turmoil witnessed currently by the Arab region and the Middle East, to carry out "despicable" acts against civilians, as well as police and army personnel.

He added that these powers aim to destabilize the country but would not manage to implement their strategy at any part of the country.

He also referred to the anniversary of the October 1973 war, through which Egypt managed to restore Sinai from Israel, saying that Egyptian army, police and people are all responsible for protecting "the precious Sinai," from "evil" powers.

Madbouli praised the determination of the armed and police forces to face the threats facing the country's national security.

"For years, our sons and brothers from the Egyptian armed forces and security forces have had the responsibility of the defense of the homeland in the face of rogue fragments [of people] backed by external forces," he said, adding that "Egypt will remain safe."

Madbouli said that a great deal of stability has been achieved. "We have built our country and reformed our economy with a high degree of efficiency that has been praised by all the global institutions."

Concerning state of emergency, Madbouli promised exceptional measures would only be used by the extent that ensures a balance between the protection of public freedom and the requirements of national security.

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For the tenth time in a row, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued a decree to extend the state of emergency in Egypt for 3 months, as per a statement published by the official gazette Al-Waqa'i' al-Misriyya.

A state of emergency in the Egyptian state was declared in April 2017 for 3 months following the two church bombings that claimed the lives of 47 people, and has been renewed since then.

“The Armed Forces and Tourism Police shall take all the necessary measures to combat the dangers of terrorism and its financing sources in order to maintain security throughout the country, protect the public and private properties and save the lives of citizens,” the decree says.

Furthermore, Madbouli issued a decree to renew a dusk-to-dawn curfew for another three months on some areas of North Sinai, the official statement added.

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Additional reporting by Egypt Today Staff
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11/4/2019 3:05:55 PM
<![CDATA[Parliament initially approves amendments to terror list law]]>
As per the new amendments, the General Prosecution’s decisions to include, extend the duration, or remove any of the terrorist entities and persons from the list shall be published in the official gazette Al-Waqa'i' al-Misriyya without fees.

The Parliament will refer the draft law to the State’s Council for its advisory opinion. Later, a General session will convene at the parliament to give its final saying on the bill. The decision aims to ease the burden on the Public Prosecution, as it had to pay large amounts of money to publish such decisions.

The decision also considered the prosecution's lack of interest in bearing the cost of these decisions, as a fair opponent that has a special legal status, representing the public interest, and seeking to fulfill the obligations of the law.

Since the ousting of late President Mohamed Morsi, who was also a leader at the Muslim Brotherhood "terrorist" group, the Egyptian judiciary has placed hundreds of Egyptian persons and entities on the terror list.

According to the act on the regulation of the lists of terrorist entities and persons issued in 2015, the inclusion of any group or person on these lists is automatically followed by the seizure of their funds and the issuance of travel bans. In case those designated as "terrorists" are abroad, they are placed on the country's watch list.
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11/3/2019 5:24:22 PM
<![CDATA[Negative effects of electronic games on family relations ]]>
According to the 2018 report of the Cabinet's Information Center, Egypt recorded the highest divorce rate in the world, which rose from 7 to 40 percent in the last 50 years.The number of divorced women reached 3 million, according to the latest statistics.

Unfortunately, the 2018 report revealed that Playstation and Candy Crush are the main reason behind divorce,with around 17,000 cases attributed to Candy Crush and 250,000 divorce cases to Playstation.

Legal expert Mohamed Miraz told Egypt Today that electronic games are addictive and help widen the gap between spouses.

Also, legal expert Yara Ahmed Saad said that social media shook family relations,where spouses share their problems on Facebook andTwitter, which does not help and almost always leads to divorce.

Abdel-Hamid Zaid, a professor at Cairo University, said earlier that there are electronic games that contribute to the escalation of violence and crime, and therefore the government should be censored because of negative social phenomena.

For children, any parent is concerned about the impact of technology exposure on young children typically. We know that our preschoolers are acquiring new social and cognitive skills at an amazing pace, and we don't want to spend long hours on the iPad.

In fact, experts worry that social media and text messages that have become an integral part of teenagers' lives reinforce anxiety and reduce self-esteem.

According to the Facebook Q3 2017 report, 37 million people in Egypt access Facebook every month and over 22 million access it every day, with the largest age group for usage is 18-34.

Instagram and Twitter are also behind, with 1.7 million active on Twitter (Arab Social Media Report 2017) and 2.7 million on Instagram. This is a large number, considering that the youth in Egypt now represent 20.2 million people, according to a 2018 report by Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).

Prisoner and educational counselor Iman Al-Rayes says for children to be filled their free time and give them only one hour with surveillance, and away from them Google Search and put instead Google Kids.

"Social Media is a virtual world for everyone looking for what is missing, so we must try to switch sitting on Social Media to search for other useful sites, and shut down our phones and give ourselves a rest while filling our spare time and setting an hour for social networking sites." Rayed added.]]>
11/3/2019 4:16:31 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s FM heads to Washington for Ethiopian dam negotiations]]>
It is expected that Shoukry will conduct consultations with several US officials on enhancing the bilateral relations between Egypt and the United States, and on the regional and international issues of mutual concern, the statement added.

Foreign Minister Shoukry said on Nov. 1 that Egypt welcomes the US mediation in the tripartite negotiations between Egypt and the upstream countries [Ethiopia and Sudan], adding that Egypt has welcomed the US invitation to hold a meeting in Washington to resolve the differences.

“This invitation comes in accordance with Article No. 10 of the Declaration of Principles, which stipulates that if the three countries could not find a solution to these differences, they have to ask for mediation,” Shoukry said.

In a press conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Cairo, Shoukry announced that the US Administration invited the countries to meet in Washington on November 6, 2019.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its water share after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011. A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began in 2014. One year later, the three countries signed the Declaration of Principles, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam. However, Cairo has recently blamed Addis Ababa for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem.

“Despite Egypt's sincere intentions to reach an agreement on the rules of filling the dam and its operation, these efforts have not resulted in the expected agreement,” the minister added.

Shoukry briefed the parliament members on the water challenges Egypt faces as the per capita share of water has recently declined to 570 m3 per year. It is expected that the per capita share could decline to 500 cubic meters by 2020 to go under the water poverty line by 50 percent, 1,000 m3 below the international line. Consequently, the state has adopted policies to rationalize water consumption.

Arab Parliament Speaker Meshaal bin Fahad al-Sulami announced the Parliament’s solidarity with Egypt’s to protect its water share, calling upon Ethiopia to reach a “fair deal” that bears into account all countries’ interests, the state-owned news agency reported.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi voiced his aspiration to reach an agreement that bears the common interests of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia into account. On October 5, 2019, the Egyptian Presidency announced that it looks forward to a positive role played by the US in this regard, especially in light of the negotiation deadlock.

During his visit to the Russian city of Sochi to attend the Russia-Africa Forum on October 24, 2019, President Sisi held a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed; they agreed upon resuming the work of the technical commission. Ahmed expressed appreciation of the Egyptian efforts.

Additional reporting by Samar Samir
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11/3/2019 2:59:31 PM
<![CDATA[Washington: Iran remains world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism]]>
"The regime, often through its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, has spent nearly a billion dollars a year to support terrorist groups that serve as its proxies and promote its malign influence around the region – groups like Hizballah and Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad," the State Department said in its annual release of the “Country Report on Terrorism” for 2018.

"But the Iranian threat is not confined to the Middle East; it’s truly global. In 2018, that threat reached Europe in a big way," read the report.]]>
11/2/2019 11:46:04 AM
<![CDATA[Palestinian youth killed, three injured in Israeli shelling on Gaza Strip]]>
Sites and property of the Palestinian citizens in the area were also damaged in the attack.

The 27-year-old Palestinian was killed by shrapnel from a rocket that targeted a site and a house near his home in the west of Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip, according to medical sources at Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis.

Three others sustained various injuries in the attack with one of them reported to be in a serious condition, said the sources.

Israeli warplanes launched a series of air strikes against sites and property of the Palestinian citizens in various areas of the Gaza Strip, claiming that the attack comes in response to projectiles fired from the Gaza Strip on the settlements near it.]]>
11/2/2019 11:42:56 AM
<![CDATA[Iraqi parl't works to meet people's demands without external pressure: Speaker]]>
In a statement on Saturday, al-Halbousi asserted the parliament's full commitment to the road-map, which he described as the country's safety valve. Therefore the council will be in permanent session to speed up the implementation of this road-map.

The council will work so hard on the constitutional amendments in partnership with representatives of the protesters, elites and experts who will help set out steps needed to reach the desired reform, he said.]]>
11/2/2019 11:37:56 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s army goes on military exercises with Russia, Jordan, Pakistan]]>
Egyptian and Jordanian armed forces concluded the joint military exercises "Aqaba 5" in the Egyptian southern military zone, said the Egyptian Ministry of Defense in a statement on Friday.

Ground, naval and air forces, along with Special Forces, of the two armies participated in counter-terrorism training, which come in light of a plan of joint drills between two countries.



The final phase of the training included a joint operation to eradicate terrorists who could take hotbeds in border villages, the statement said, adding that some fighter jets have carried out reconnaissance and aerial operations to check possible terrorist threats or movements. Then elements of military engineers entered to secure the areas and detect explosive devices.

Coincidentally, naval forces of the both countries conducted a number of activities like storming an island of vital importance on the Red Sea coast after being cleared of armed terrorist elements, the statement continued.

Meanwhile, tripartite military drills titled "Dawn of the East 1" between armed forces of Egypt, Jordan and Pakistan kicked off on Friday and would last until November 8, 2019, the Egyptian Ministry announced in another statement.

General Officer Commanding Special Service Group Maj Gen Mumtaz Hussain delivered a speech and praised the participation of his forces in the training.

It is the first time for the Egyptian army to take part in the “Dawn of the East 1” drills, the ministry added in the statement.

Moreover, The Egyptian-Russian joint military exercises “Arrow of Friendship-1” kicked off in Egypt, said Egyptian Ministry of Defense in a statement on Friday.

The preparatory phase of the two-week training started with theoretical sessions on the training and advanced air defense systems, in light of exchanging experience between two countries on air defense drills.

Commander of Egypt's Air Defense Forces Ali Fahmi inspected an exhibition of Egyptian-Russian air defense equipment that will be used in the training, the statement said, adding that Fahmi gave a speech at a celebration held on this occasion.

He affirmed that the training is being conducted on Egyptian territories for the first time and this indicates the deepness of Egyptian and Russian friendship.



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11/1/2019 4:05:22 PM
<![CDATA[SDF general commander demands U.S. to fulfill obligations]]>
Abdi pointed out that Turkey “and Jihadists” are occupying villages dwelled by Christians and Tal Tamer, which is predominantly inhabited by Assyrians. Tal Tamer is being defended by the Syrian Military Council (MFS) and others.







The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed earlier that the SDF had restored control over five villages from Turkey and proxies. However, clashes occurred earlier on Thursday near Ain Issa as Turkey assaulted the SDF, which killed eight militants fighting for Turkey as they entered a mine area.

Fifteen individuals were killed and 10 others were injured by a car bomb on Thursday in an Afrin market. The city, located in Aleppo Governorate, is witnessing recurrent bombings. The bloodiest of which took place on July 11 as an area inhabited by citizens displaced from Ghouta was targeted. Eleven were killed and 17 were injured.

Afrin has been occupied by Turkey and its proxy, the Free Syrian Army, since March 2018 when Turkey launched Olive Branch Operation kicking out the SDF.

Turkey announces end of offensive on Syria

ANKARA, Oct 23 (MENA) - Turkey announced on Wednesday an end to its offensive on northern Syria despite the end of the ceasefire agreed upon between Ankara and Washington. In a statement, the Turkish defense ministry said there is no need to continue the attack on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria as Washington informed Ankara that Kurdish fighters withdrew from border areas.



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11/1/2019 12:21:46 PM
<![CDATA[Iran prepares to cut commitments to nuclear deal for 4th time: official ]]>
Mousavi stated that a committee was formed for that purpose at the Supreme Council for National Security. The spokesperson told the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) that the diplomatic path is open and that Europeans, particularly the French, are going in that direction.

“We have not seen any measure by the Europeans until now,” the official said, pointing out that such endeavors have not given rise to any solid outcomes and that if such a situation persists, the committee affiliated to the Supreme Council for National Security will further cut Iran’s commitments to the nuclear deal.

In response to the United States' unilateral withdrawal from the deal in 2018 and imposition of sanctions on Tehran, Iran had first increased in July the percentage of uranium enrichment to 4.5 percent from the 3.67 percent stated in the deal. In the same month, the quantity of enriched uranium was raised beyond the 300 kilograms agreed upon. In September, Iran increased the number of centrifuges and pumped gas into sixth generation devices.
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11/1/2019 12:19:48 PM
<![CDATA[Spanish ambassador lauds Cairo-Madrid relations in all fields]]>
In statements to MENA on the sidelines of his participation in the reopening ceremony of Spain’s Instituto Cervantes library in Alexandria, the ambassador added that there is great cooperation between Egypt and Spain with regard to student exchange.

In this regard, he noted that a lot of Egyptian students go to Spanish universities, where they learn the Spanish language and culture.

At the same time, Spanish tourists come to Egypt to get acquainted with its culture, he added.]]>
11/1/2019 12:06:00 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt looks forward to reaching legal deal at Washington talks on Ethiopian dam]]>
This came at the Arab Parliament's first session of the second legislative term that kicked off in Cairo on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Shoukry said that Egypt welcomes the US mediation in the tripartite negotiations between Egypt and the upstream countries [Ethiopia and Sudan], adding that Egypt has welcomed the US invitation to hold a meeting in Washington early next month to facilitate negotiation and resolve differences.

“This invitation comes in accordance with Article No. 10 of the Declaration of Principles, which stipulates that if the three countries could not find a solution to these differences in a direct way, they have to ask for mediation,” Shoukry said.

In a press conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Cairo on Wednesday, Shoukry announced that the US Administration invited the countries to meet in Washington on November 6, 2019.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its water share after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011. A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began in 2014. One year later, the three countries signed the Declaration of Principles, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam. However, Cairo has recently blamed Addis Ababa for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem.

“Despite Egypt's sincere intentions to reach an agreement on the rules of filling the dam and its operation, these efforts have not resulted in the expected agreement,” the minister added.

Shoukry briefed the parliament members on the water challenges Egypt faces as the per capita share of water has recently declined to 570 m3 per year. It is expected that the per capita share could decline to 500 cubic meters by 2020 to go under the water poverty line by 50 percent, 1,000 m3 below the international line. Consequently, the state has adopted policies to rationalize water consumption.

Arab Parliament Speaker Meshaal bin Fahad al-Sulami announced the Parliament’s solidarity with Egypt’s to protect its water share, calling upon Ethiopia to reach a “fair deal” that bears into account all countries’ interests, the state-owned news agency reported.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi voiced his aspiration to reach an agreement that bears the common interests of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia into account. On October 5, 2019, the Egyptian Presidency announced that it looks forward to a positive role played by the US in this regard, especially in light of the negotiation deadlock.

During his visit to the Russian city of Sochi to attend the Russia-Africa Forum on October 24, 2019, President Sisi held a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed; they agreed upon resuming the work of the technical commission. Ahmed expressed appreciation of the Egyptian efforts.

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10/31/2019 5:33:27 PM
<![CDATA[Peace plan to be unveiled ‘at right time’: US Middle East envoy]]>
“The Israeli government coalition formation process in Israel is winding through a very long road. We don’t think it’s wise to unveil the peace plan now, but our hope is that at the right time and when conditions are right to unveil it, the White House will unveil it. Sadly, I won’t be here for that, but I do hope to support the effort from the outside,” Jason Greenblatt told Al Arabiya in one of his final interviews as US envoy to the Middle East.

Greenblatt and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, as well as the US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, have led the effort to develop a peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians and have spent the entire Trump presidency working on the project.

The US envoy told Al Arabiya that he was resigning for personal reasons as he was eager to return to his private life. ]]>
10/31/2019 12:28:40 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi meets German FM, praises Berlin-Cairo ‘special relations’]]>
Maas delivered to Sisi German Chancellor Angela Merkel's best regards, praising the "strong and special" relations between Egypt and Germany, presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady said in an official statement. Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry attended the meeting, according to Rady.

Maas added that Egypt is considered the "keystone" of stability and balance in the Middle East and Africa, highlighting the country's essential role in confronting terrorism and extremism. Maas also stressed that Berlin is keen on enhancing its relations with Cairo on all levels.

For his part, Sisi sent his regards to Chancellor Merkel, affirming that Egypt is interested in utilizing the German expertise especially in technology and education.


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Sisi and Maas discussed several issues of mutual concern including the trade, economy and security ties. Both sides also discussed the latest updates regarding the political situation in Libya and Syria. Sisi asserted Egypt welcomes all new German investments especially after the implementation of the latest economic reforms by the government.

Mass and Shoukry later held a joint press conference where they answered a number of questions and commented on the situation in Libya and the recent updates in Lebanon, which led to the resignation of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri.

“The situation in Lebanon is very sensitive, and we hope stability prevails,” Maas said during the conference.

In the presence of Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, Maas handed the Egyptian Government a historical book that was smuggled to Germany after being stolen from the Egyptian National Library and Archives, according to Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Hafez, who posted a photo on his official Twitter account.




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10/30/2019 3:05:29 PM
<![CDATA[US House approves Turkey sanctions in rare bipartisan rebuke of Trump]]>
The measure passed 403-16, with 176 Republicans voting in support and just 15 opposing the bill.

The sanctions offer a rare bipartisan rebuke of President Donald Trump's policies while underscoring the growing divide between Congress and a NATO ally.

The sanctions bill, dubbed the Protect Against Conflict by Turkey Act, would impose financial and visa penalties on officials connected to Turkey's offensive in Syria, including the defense minister, the chief of the general staff of the Turkish armed forces and the finance minister, as well as sanction the state-owned bank Halkbank.

The bill would also ban arms sales to Turkey and sanction foreigners providing arms to Turkish forces in Syria. It also seeks to force the administration to impose the previously mandated sanctions for Turkey's purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system.

In addition to the sanctions bill, the House also passed a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide. The bill was fiercely opposed by Turkey, which denies the Ottoman Empire's massacre of more than 1 million Armenians in 1915 was a genocide, according to the newspaper.

The votes fell on the same day as Turkey’s Republic Day, which celebrates the anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey in 1923.]]>
10/30/2019 12:20:35 PM
<![CDATA[Hezbollah, Amal supporters wreck Beirut protest camp, Hariri looks set to quit]]>
There was no comment from Hariri’s office. He was to deliver an address at 4 p.m. (1400 GMT), an official Twitter account said. Two official sources earlier told Reuters that Hariri was likely to resign.

In central Beirut, black-clad men wielding sticks and pipes destroyed the protest camp that has been the focal point of countrywide rallies against a political elite accused of rampant corruption and steering Lebanon toward economic collapse.

The turmoil has worsened Lebanon’s deep economic crisis, with financial strains unseen since the 1975-90 civil war leading to a scarcity of hard currency and a weakening of a weakening of the pegged Lebanese pound.

The show of force came after Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said last week roads closed by protesters should be reopened and suggested the demonstrators were financed by its foreign enemies and implementing their agenda.

Smoke rose as some of the tents were set ablaze. Hezbollah and Amal supporters had earlier fanned out in the downtown area of the capital shouting “Shia, Shia” in reference to themselves and cursing protesters.

“With our blood and lives we offer ourselves as a sacrifice for you Nabih,” they chanted in reference to Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, head of the Amal Movement. “We heed your call, we heed your call, Nasrallah,” they chanted.

Security forces did not initially intervene to stop the assault, in which protesters were hit with sticks and were seen appealing for help as they ran, witnesses said. Tear gas was eventually fired to disperse the crowds.

Nationwide protests since Oct. 17 have paralyzed Lebanon at a time of worsening financial crisis - banks were closed for a 10th day on Tuesday along with schools and businesses.

Hariri’s resignation would defy the powerful Hezbollah - Nasrallah has twice said that he was against such a step, citing the risk of a dangerous void.

According to the constitution, Hariri’s cabinet would stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new government is formed.

Hariri last week sought to defuse popular anger through a set of reform measures agreed with other groups in his coalition government, including Hezbollah, to - among other things - tackle corruption and long-delayed economic reforms.

But with no immediate steps toward enacting these steps, they did not satisfy demonstrators whose demands include the resignation of his coalition government.

One of the sources, a senior official from outside Hariri’s Future Party, told Reuters the premier would “most probably” announce the government resignation on Tuesday. The report weighed on Lebanese dollar bonds.

Central bank governor Riad Salameh called on Monday for a solution to the crisis in just days to restore confidence and avoid a future economic meltdown.

A black market for U.S. dollars has emerged in the last month or so. Three foreign currency dealers said a dollar cost 1,800 pounds on Tuesday, weakening from levels of 1,700 and 1,740 cited on Monday.

The official pegged rate is 1,507.5 pounds to the dollar. Salameh told Reuters on Monday the central bank would maintain the pegged rate when banks reopen.

“Even if the protesters leave the streets the real problem facing them is what they are going to do with the devaluation of the pound,” said Toufic Gaspard, an economist who has worked as an adviser to the IMF and to the Lebanese finance minister.

“A very large majority of the Lebanese income is in the Lebanese pound, their savings are in the Lebanese (pound) and their pension is in Lebanese, and it is certain it has already started to devalue,” he said.

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10/29/2019 4:34:05 PM
<![CDATA[Senior MP lauds Egypt's deeply-rooted ties with China]]>
This came during the senior lawmaker's meeting with the head of the Chinese legislature's legislative committee at the premises of the House of Representative in Cairo.

Welcoming the Chinese lawmaker and his accompanying delegation, Abu Shoka underscored Egypt's keenness on furthering and broadening the scope of bilateral cooperation at various levels and underlined the importance of China’s support to Egypt's political moves at international forums concerning national, regional and global issues.

He also applauded China's vital contributions to Egypt's national development efforts, especially the New Administrative Capital project as well as energy and transport ventures.

Moreover, Abu Shoka touched upon the projects under way in the Suez Canal Economic Zone where the state is capitalizing on China's outstanding expertise in many fields.

The senior MP also commended cooperation between both countries in fighting terrorism.

Cairo is looking forward to the Chinese government’s taking further steps to increase Egypt's exports to China and facilitate the access of Egyptian products to the Chinese market, Abu Shoka noted during the meeting.

Furthermore, Abu Shoka shed light on the remarkable increase in Chinese tourists to Egypt, which amounted to 400,000 in 2018 as indicated by the Chinese ambassador in Cairo in March.

The Chinese senior lawmaker asserted his country's keenness on furthering bilateral cooperation, especially in light of Egypt's pivotal role in the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) due to its strategic location as a gateway to Africa. ]]>
10/29/2019 11:47:54 AM
<![CDATA[FM speaks at closing session of Munich Security Conference in Cairo]]>
The foreign minister’s speech highlighted some of the challenges facing the Middle East region, which represent pressing issues on the international scene such as combating terrorism, illegal immigration and climate change, according to Ahmed Hafez, spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry.

Shoukry stressed that terrorism requires a firm collective action to adopt a comprehensive approach that deals with terrorist groups, and their sponsors without any exception, adding that this comes in parallel with addressing the social, economic and political factors that benefit these terrorist groups.

Hafez noted that the foreign minister explained the importance of reaching a comprehensive political settlement as a major part of the sincere attempts to achieve peace and stability in the region. Shoukry also shed light on the Palestinian issue, and the Libyan and Syria crises.

Shoukry further pointed out that despite the difficulties facing security in the region, Egypt sticks to its firm position based on the principle of achieving security and safety in the region while preserving national institutions and sovereignty of states.

Shoukry also reviewed the challenges of peace and security in many countries in the African continent, pointing to the Sahel region where there is a flow of illegal immigration, as well as the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes region.

He also said that Cairo’s hosting of this meeting demonstrates the growing relations between Egypt and the organizers of the Munich Security Conference, wishing to organize similar joint activities in the future. ]]>
10/29/2019 11:46:36 AM
<![CDATA[Syrian regime forces clash with Turkey-loyal factions: SOHR]]>
Violent clashes in Abu Rasin area which is located between Tal Tamr and Ras Al-Ayn are ongoing under a cover of heavy and violent fire power and the factions are also backed by Turkish drones.

The clashes are concentrated in the areas of Al-Arishah, Bab Al-Khair and Um Oshbah, while the SOHR documented the killing of seven members of the regime forces and the injury of more than 14 others with varying severity, due to the shelling and clashes in the area.

Also, four members of the factions were killed in the same clashes, while a child from Tal Mohamed village which is related to Abu Rasin area, was injured after being targeted by the factions and he was hospitalized in Tal Tamr Hospital.

In the same context, fierce clashes took place in areas in the countryside of Tal Abyad city, between the pro-Ankara factions against the SDF.

SOHR said Monday that the violent clashes are continuing between the Syria Democratic Forces against the pro-Turkey factions in areas in the countryside of Ras Al-Ayn city (Sere Kaniye) within the area that lead to Tal Tamr, and the clashes are concentrated in the vicinity of Al-Salihiyah, Arishah and Al-Daoudiyah accompanied by exchange of targeting and shelling.]]>
10/29/2019 11:23:13 AM
<![CDATA[Saudi Arabia does not seek war, won’t hesitate to protect territory: Mouallimi]]>
“We do not seek war. We do not want it nor do we want to ignite it. But at the same time we will not hesitate to protest our territory from any enemies. We will not hesitate to defend our citizens and the capabilities of our country by all legitimate means,” al-Mouallimi said.

Talking about Syria, the ambassador said Saudi Arabia welcomed the creation of a UN-sponsored constitutional committee by the Syrian government and the opposition, after two years of negotiations.

The Kingdom welcomes this announcement “which is in accordance with the UN Resolution 2254,” al-Mouallimi said.

Saudi Arabia considers it a vital step toward reaching a political solution which will put an end to the Syrian people’s plight, guaranteeing a safe return of the Syrian refugees, he added.

Al-Mouallimi also reiterated the Kingdom’s support for the Palestinian cause, and added that the Israeli occupation is a violation of international law.

Speaking on the situation in Yemen, the ambassador said that Saudi Arabia has been providing its full support to ensure the safety of the Yemeni people and to help restore stability in the country, including providing more than $14 billion in aid.]]>
10/29/2019 11:21:50 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Ex-Minister of Water denies fake news on Ethiopia’s dam]]>
In a speech at a sub-session at the Cairo Water Week (CWW) 2019, Moughazi affirmed that he, along with a team of Egyptian technical and legal experts, were tasked to prepare a draft of the Declaration of Principles, with their counterparts from Sudan and Ethiopia in 2014.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its water share after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011. A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began in 2014. One year later, the three countries signed the Declaration of Principles, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam. However, Cairo has recently blamed Addis Ababa for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi voiced his aspiration to reach an agreement that bears the common interests of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia into account. On October 5, 2019, Egyptian Presidency announced that it looks forward to a positive U.S. role in this regard, especially in light of the negotiation deadlock.

During his visit to the Russian city of Sochi to attend the Russia-Africa Forum on October 24, 2019, President Sisi held a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed; they agreed upon resuming the work of the technical commission. Ahmed expressed appreciation for Egypt.

The Former Minister Moughazi said that the first meeting for Water Ministers and representatives from the three countries of the Nile Water was held in August 2014 after a one-year hiatus, adding “Since then, experts from three countries have started monthly meetings until reaching the conditions of the declaration of principles.”

Moughazi added that the water and foreign ministers of the three countries, along with their legal and technical experts, held a series of meetings for three consecutive days to re-draft principles until reaching the final form of the formulation, he said.

“Having prepared the draft, I returned to Egypt and decided to bring the most prominent international law experts in Egypt to review this draft,” he said, adding that he met at that time with Chairperson of the Egyptian Association for International Law Mufid Shehab and other professors at the universities of Cairo and Ain Shams to mull the draft. "We sat together until 1 am to review the agreement, word by word and line by line,” he said.


Additional reporting by Asmaa Nassar

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10/28/2019 10:12:03 PM
<![CDATA[DMC, Egypt Forward produce 'Days Of Victory' documentary on Glorious October War]]>
Dr. Ibrahim al-Bahrawi, a professor of Hebrew studies at Ain Shams University, was among the interviewees in the film, where he said that President Sadat presented “an unusual heroic model when he deliberately made himself ridiculed as a man who feared war, to deceive his Israeli enemy.”

He continued, "The Egyptian intelligence knew that we are being spied, so they decided to distribute to all leaders instructions in the offices and in the phones, that we should always talk, that we will not got to war, that we don't trust Sadat and that we are afraid of Israel."

"Days of Victory": First documentary to narrate the October war from the Israeli point of view

Uploaded by Egypt Today on 2019-10-28.




Shahinaz Ragheb, former director-general of the Hebrew program at Egyptian Radio, said that the Hebrew broadcast was stretched to 16 hours live per day, days before the war began.

She added, "We were provided with the latest Arabic and international songs, and all that attracted the Israeli audience to hear on the Hebrew radio. They were in a state of victory, and we sent a modest message, following the instructions we got to attract the Israeli audience that listens to us."

Sherif Said, Executive Director of the Documentary Films Unit, and director of the film “Days of Victory” commented, "The film is the result of the efforts of our colleagues in the unit and those who are responsible for directing it in this way with this new approach."

The director told Egypt Today, “We thought of new angles to present the film with a modern point of view, and we settled to present the victory of the October war from the Israeli point of view, in time of war, with the testimony of prisoners on the Egyptian side, as well as the conversations of Israeli leaders and documented video, especially the conflict between Elie Zaira and Tzvi Za."]]>
10/28/2019 4:52:36 PM
<![CDATA[ITU Chief Hails Egypt's Role in Organizing Radiocommunication Conference ]]>
Zhao, during his speech in the conference, thanked Sisi for his attendance, affirming that the peaceful and good security situation that Egypt enjoys has contributed to holding the conference in the popular resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, according to local media.

“The World Radiocommunication Conference, which opened today, will address some of the leading edge technological innovations set to play a pivotal role in tomorrow's digital economy and the future development of services, systems and technologies," ITU media center quoted Zhao as saying.

“A transformative revolution in connectivity is in the making with immense implications for the trillion-dollar telecommunication and ICT industry and in advancing many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals."

The World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC) is organized by the UN agency of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and is held every three to four years. It is the first time for the conference in 20 years to be held outside the headquarters of the ITU.

Guterres: Revolutionaized industries

In a recorded speech at the conference, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres greeted the WRC, saying that the radiocommunication technology had transformed the information sharing, revolutionized industries, saved lives, and advanced development.

"Your discussions will have significant implication as you look forward, including your consideration of the identification of frequency bands particularly suitable of high-capacity 5G networks," he said.

Human civilization growth

After Sisi has opened the conference on Monday, he welcomed the participants in the WRC-19, local media reported.

Sisi, during the opening session of the WRC, said it reflects the growth and development of human civilization. He also praised the theatrical performance presented during the session, saying that it highlights the progress of humanity during the different times.

President Sisi hailed the good organization of the conference, inviting all attendees to enjoy the good weather of Sharm Al-Sheikh, the city of peace.
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10/28/2019 3:22:31 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt participates in International Coalition Against ISIS Working Group]]>CAIRO - 28 October 2019: The Egyptian delegation headed by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Hafez participated in the meetings of the working group of the International Coalition against ISIS, which was held on October 24 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Hafez said that the meeting emphasized the need to address the phenomenon of terrorism through a comprehensive perspective that includes the security, economic, social and educational aspects.

Hafez stressed the importance of holding the countries that support terrorism by financing, facilitating the movements of terrorist elements, and providing them withmedia and political platforms to spread extremist ideologies whichharm the international community accountable for their heinous actions.

Also, Hafez touched on the attack on the north of Syria and its repercussions on the Syrian people, stressing the possibility that this might lead to the return and empowerment of ISIS.

“Egypt will continue to fight terrorist organizations such as ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and others that continue to destabilize the Middle East and the world,” Hafez asserted.

In his remarks, Hafez said that the Egyptian delegation reviewed during the meeting Egypt's efforts to counter terrorism, most importantly the implementation of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's initiative to renew religious discourse and the House of Representative's decision to form a committee to discuss ways to prevent terrorism and extremism.

The efforts exerted by Al-Azhar and Dar Al-Iftaato address the religious misconceptions promoted by terrorist groups to justify their actions were also reviewed.

At the end of his remarks, Hafez affirmed Egypt's continued support for the working group in light of its experience in the field of combating terrorism.
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10/28/2019 2:24:01 PM