<![CDATA[rss-Politics]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Politics]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Canadian PM wins narrow victory to form minority government]]>
The Liberals were leading or victorious in 146 out of 304 electoral districts that had reported results by about 10:30pm Toronto time on Monday, according to the national broadcaster CBC.

Trudeau needed to win 170 seats to secure a second majority government.

“We seek hardship for none and prosperity for all, and if we unite around these common goals, I know we can achieve them,” Trudeau told cheering supporters in Montreal, saying that Canadians had sent a clear message of support for progressive policies.

Despite Trudeau’s attempt to strike a conciliatory tone, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer issued a stark warning to the Liberals. “Mr. Trudeau, when your government falls, Conservatives will be ready and we will win,” Scheer told supporters at his concession speech.

Four years after the Liberal leader swept to power promising “sunny ways” after nearly a decade of Conservative rule, Trudeau struggled to inspire voters as he campaigned for re-election.]]>
10/22/2019 12:11:17 PM
<![CDATA[Fragile hopes rise in Yemen: UN envoy ]]>
Griffiths referred to the recent reduction in violence in the north, growing spirit of generosity between the parties, freeing some of those detained and imprisoned and allowing those desperately needed oil ships to enter Hodeida in a very impressive way in the last few days. “I want to claim that there are indeed signs of hope for the people of Yemen, even in the middle of a misery.. Yes, indeed, there are signs of hope. But these are fragile and in need of our diligent care and attention,” Griffiths added during a meeting on Yemen in the Security Council.

Although the situation remains volatile in the south of Yemen, Griffiths said, “It is worth noting that there has been no large-scale fighting in the areas of dispute despite our deep concerns in this council from August onwards. And I think this can be taken as a testimony to the restraint shown by those on the ground and their leaders.” He highlighted the initiative from the Houthis, formally known as Ansar Allah, to suspend all drones and ballistic missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, and the reduction of violence that followed the announcement.

UN officials counted on Saudi Arabia as it was expected to announce a deal to end the standoff between the government and Houthi rebels. No deal has been reached yet; however, Griffiths said there was significant progress during the Jeddah talks under the leadership of Saudi Arabia. “Thanks to the Saudis' strenuous diplomatic efforts, there are encouraging signs that an agreement aimed at resolving the issues between the Government of Yemen under President Hadi and the Southern Transitional Council may be well within reach,” he added.

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and OCHA Chief, Mark Lowcock, told members September had been “the deadliest month for civilians so far this year,” with an average of 13 killed every day. "But when it comes to lifesaving aid, the Government has made substantial progress clearing backlogs in humanitarian delivery caused by the in-fighting across the south," he added, noting that funding gaps in recent months had forced “key programmes” to simply close.

On the other hand, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale met with President of the Republic of Yemen Government (ROYG) Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik and Foreign Minister Mohammed Hadhrami in Riyadh. The under-secretary reaffirmed U.S. support for the unity of Yemen and for the ROYG as Yemen’s legitimate government. He expressed support for the political process led by UN Special Envoy Griffiths and stressed that a political solution is the only path to a peaceful, prosperous, stable, and unified Yemen. Under Secretary Hale also commended the Yemeni government’s longstanding partnership on counter-terrorism efforts.
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10/22/2019 11:14:56 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi: Egypt exerts balanced efforts in talks on Ethiopia’s dam]]>
President Abdel Fatah al- Sisi voiced his aspiration to reach an agreement that bears the common interests of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia into account, Radi added.

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.

President Sisi also tackled Egypt’s pivotal strategy concerning the water sector, and discussed various experiences for the development of water resources and irrigation, Radi continued, adding that the president welcomed the participating delegations.

President Sisi praised the 2019 round of the CWW, which comes under the theme “Responding to Water Scarcity”. The Forum’s sub-sessions tackle themes of Research and Innovation in facing water scarcity; non-conventional water resource use; Cooperation in Water Sector; and Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation, and Adaptation.

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President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi meets with the representatives of delegations participating in the second edition of Cairo Water Week 2019 - Press photo

The first edition of the CWW convened in October 2018 under the auspices of President Sisi in a way to increase public awareness of water rationalization for the sustainable development amid a state of water shortage.

Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Atti said on Sunday that Egypt has provided all possible solutions to end the disagreement with Ethiopia over the controversial Renaissance dam.

He continued that Egypt is a desert land and approximately 100 million people depend on the Nile water, saying "The gap between water consumption and production has reached 90 percent."

In his speech at the 5-day forum on Sunday, Prime Minister Madbouli said Egypt is facing a major challenge in reaching a fair agreement with Ethiopia. “The environmental and hydrological studies of the dam have not been carried out yet, and we hope that consultant firms finish them,” said Madbouli.

“It was agreed to take an unofficial path with an independent scientific group, which was formed by representatives of the three countries [Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan], but we did not see any significant progress,” the prime minister continued.

Madbouli highlighted the need for coordination in case any dam is built on the Nile, clarifying that according to Article 10 of the Declaration of Principles signed in 2015, an international mediator shall intervene in the negotiations.

On October 5, 2019, Cairo asked for international mediation in the tripartite negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD); however, Addis Ababa rejected. ]]>
10/22/2019 11:11:52 AM
<![CDATA[For Trump the dealmaker, troop pullouts without much in return]]>
President Donald Trump has now to some extent at least obliged all three — but without getting much of anything in return. The self-styled dealmaker has given up the leverage of the United States’ military presence in multiple places around the world without negotiating concessions from those cheering for American forces to leave, the paper added.

For a president who has repeatedly promised to end the “endless wars,” the decisions reflect a broader conviction that bringing troops home — or at least moving them out of hot spots — is more important than haggling for advantage. In his view, decades of overseas military adventurism has only cost the country enormous blood and treasure, and waiting for deals would prolong a national disaster, the paper said.

But veteran diplomats, foreign policy experts and key lawmakers fear that Trump is squandering American power and influence in the world with little to show for it. By pulling troops out unilaterally, they argue, Trump has emboldened America’s enemies and distressed its allies. Friends like Israel, they note, worry about American staying power. Foes like North Korea and the Taliban learn that they can achieve their goals without having to pay a price.

“It’s hard for me to divine any real strategic logic to the president’s moves,” said John P. Hannah, a senior counselor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former national security adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney. “The only real connective tissue I see is the almost preternatural isolationist impulse that he invariably seems to revert to when left to his own devices internationally — even to the point that it overrides his supposed deal making instincts.”]]>
10/22/2019 10:39:39 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt's speaker, Kuwait's PM talk parliamentary relations]]>
Abdel Aal expressed the appreciation of the Egyptian government and people for Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber's supportive and constructive role towards Egypt and the Arab issues.

Abdel Aal reviewed the friendly and historical relations between the two brotherly countries in all fields, in light of the historical moments these relations have experienced.

The speaker also discussed the Egyptian-Kuwaiti parliamentary relations and mutual coordination in international parliamentary forums such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

He also asked the Kuwaiti prime minister to convey his greetings to the emir.

For his part, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak stressed the special relations between the two countries in all fields.

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi earlier on Monday held a meeting with Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak, during which they discussed ways to boost bilateral relations between the two countries, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.

During their meeting in Cairo, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak hailed Egypt's pivotal role in the region as a main pillar for security and stability of the Arab world, as well as its keenness to foster solidarity among Arab nations and to push forward the joint Arab efforts.

Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak expressed his country's appreciation for the historic ties and various relations linking it with Egypt. He also voiced Kuwait's keenness to enhance cooperation with the African country at all levels, and to constantly coordinate with it on various issues.

The Kuwaiti prime minister, during the meeting, handed a written message from Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber who conveyed greetings to President Sisi.
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10/21/2019 7:39:00 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi: Egypt exerts balanced efforts in talks on Ethiopia’s dam ]]>
President Abdel Fatah al- Sisi voiced his aspiration to reach an agreement that bears the common interests of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia into account, Radi added.

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.

President Sisi also tackled Egypt’s pivotal strategy concerning the water sector, and discussed various experiences for the development of water resources and irrigation, Radi continued, adding that the president welcomed the participating delegations.

President Sisi praised the 2019 round of the CWW, which comes under the theme “Responding to Water Scarcity”. The Forum’s sub-sessions tackle themes of Research and Innovation in facing water scarcity; non-conventional water resource use; Cooperation in Water Sector; and Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation, and Adaptation.

The first edition of the CWW convened in October 2018 under the auspices of President Sisi in a way to increase public awareness of water rationalization for the sustainable development amid a state of water shortage.

Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Atti said on Sunday that Egypt has provided all possible solutions to end the disagreement with Ethiopia over the controversial Renaissance dam.

He continued that Egypt is a desert land and approximately 100 million people depend on the Nile water, saying "The gap between water consumption and production has reached 90 percent."

In his speech at the 5-day forum on Sunday, Prime Minister Madbouli said Egypt is facing a major challenge in reaching a fair agreement with Ethiopia. “The environmental and hydrological studies of the dam have not been carried out yet, and we hope that consultant firms finish them,” said Madbouli.

“It was agreed to take an unofficial path with an independent scientific group, which was formed by representatives of the three countries [Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan], but we did not see any significant progress,” the prime minister continued.

Madbouli highlighted the need for coordination in case any dam is built on the Nile, clarifying that according to Article 10 of the Declaration of Principles signed in 2015, an international mediator shall intervene in the negotiations.

On October 5, 2019, Cairo asked for international mediation in the tripartite negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD); however, Addis Ababa rejected.

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10/21/2019 6:58:16 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Kuwait sign investment deals to fund Sinai projects]]>
The deals were signed by Egypt's Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr and Kuwait's Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled.

The two sides signed an agreement to finance Egypt's second phase of the Sinai Peninsula development project by $1 billion within three years. They also signed an agreement to fund Al-Nafaq road between Egypt and Sinai's Sharm El-Sheikh by $86 million.

Nasr and Khaled Al-Roudan, Kuwait's minister of service affairs and also minister of commerce and industry, also signed a memorandum of understanding to encourage foreign direct investments between the two ministries, along with Kuwait Direct Promotion Authority.

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Received by Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, the Kuwaiti Prime Minister on Sunday praised the historical relations and the level of joint cooperation between Egypt and Kuwait, as he arrived in Cairo in an official visit.

In a statement, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak said that his visit comes within the framework of continuous consultation and permanent coordination between the two countries in various fields and issues of common concern.

He highlighted the significance of this current visit due to the changes and challenges witnessed by the Arab nations and the world, which require joint action to achieve stability, security and peace in the Middle East.

Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak expressed hope that this visit will be a good opportunity for both countries to reach new levels of fruitful and constructive cooperation in political, economic, cultural and tourism fields and develop them in line with the aspirations of the brotherly peoples of the two countries.
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10/21/2019 5:24:41 PM
<![CDATA[Sudan’s Cabinet, Populist Movement sign ‘Political Declaration’]]>
Both parties had agreed to form a joint committee to articulate the declaration that will later be presented for mediation, and to invite members of the UN Security Council members to attend the signing ceremony.

The transitional government and the Sovereignty Council had announced in September the beginning of the second round of negotiations with the movement, which encompasses the majority of armed groups, and Nidaa al-Sudan coalition of political parties backed by armed divisions. Juba was selected to host the talks backed by the African Union, and the United Nations.

Nidaa al-Sudan meetings kick off in Egypt

CAIRO - 28 September 2019: The Nidaa al-Sudan (Sudan's Call) meetings fostered by Egypt kicked off in Ain al-Sokhna on Saturday in order to reach an agreement on the political framework to be adopted by Sudan after ending the transitional phase.




The Sudanese Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Freedom and Change Alliance (revolutionary coalition) signed a constitutional declaration in August mainly stating that the transitional period will last for 39 months, the resolution of disagreements must be through dialogue, and that all the work should be based on the principles of democracy and human rights, taking into account the traditional values of the Sudanese people.

The declaration stipulates the formation of a sovereignty council encompassing 11 members, including five civilians, five military representatives and a civilian selected by the 10 other members of the council. The council is chaired by a military representative for the first 21 months as of the date of signing the agreement, and later by a civilian, until the transitional period ends, as reported by Xinhua.

Within three months after signing the constitutional declaration, a legislative council must be formed, but until then the sovereignty council fulfills its tasks. The declaration allows the Freedom and Change Alliance to select the prime minister of the transitional government, having a maximum of 22 ministers nominated by the alliance, excluding the ministers of interior and defense. Members of the transitional government and sovereignty council are not allowed to participate in elections that follow the transitional period.

The declaration states the formation of a national independent committee to investigate the murder of 87 and injury of 168 on June 3 protests against the Sudanese military. Demonstrators were demanding that the army does not intervene in the political process after the ouster of former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on April 11, as reported by France 24 citing Fath al-Rahman Saeed, head of the investigative committee appointed by the Sudanese public prosecutor.

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10/21/2019 4:27:26 PM
<![CDATA[Refugees, internally displaced Africans ‘top priority’ for Egypt]]>
The statement comes on the occasion of the commemoration of the African Human Rights Day, on October 21st of each year, in order to affirm Egypt’s attention to the issues of refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons in Africa.

According to the statement, Ahmed Hafez said Egypt opens its doors to “ to all our fellow nationals of countries which witness crises or conflicts.”

Egypt is the host country of many refugees and acts to merge them into the Egyptian society without discrimination, Hafez stressed.

Hafez added that “Egypt recognizes that serious engagement with this file represents a top continental priority in order to find sustainable solutions to these issues, that would address their root causes and not only their effects, especially in light of their wide-scale social, economic and security implications on the African peoples, whether in the home, host, or transit countries.”

In this regard, he stressed that addressing this question requires a comprehensive approach, entailing peacekeeping and peace-building, and creating the conditions conducive to the safe return of the displaced persons in such a manner that ensures their assimilation and reintegration into their communities, and providing them with basic services, in preservation of their human dignity. This end cannot be achieved without silencing the guns and the pursuit of comprehensive development, by an exclusive African leadership and ownership of conflict-settlement and sustainable peace-building efforts, to be fully supported by the international community.

The MFA Spokesperson outlined that Egypt believes in the enormous potential of the peoples of the African continent, which qualifies them to assume a standing at the forefront of nations, noting that the stimulation of African peoples’ will, along with concerted efforts of the African governments would change the stereotypical image of the continent as a place of conflicts in which the displaced and refugees suffer, to a stage of development and prosperity.]]>
10/21/2019 3:58:20 PM
<![CDATA[World Water Council ready to hold dialogue with Nile basin countries]]>
This came in Fauchon's speech at the second edition of the Cairo Water Week Forum (CWW) 2019 on Monday.

Fauchon added that the World Water Council had intervened to resolve the water conflict between Syria, Turkey and Iraq with the aim of providing equitable shares of the Euphrates River water.

Egypt has diplomatically and politically entered into a battle with some Nile basin countries over its share of the Nile water. The disagreement started in 2010 when five Nile basin countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda) signed the Entebbe Agreement, per which the two 1929 and 1959 deals conducted during the British colonization could be relinquished.

The two deals had allocated 80 billion cubic meters of Nile water to Egypt; they also granted Egypt the right to veto against projects that could be established in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Sudan and may harm its share.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the controversial $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its 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 reached an agreement, 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.

In a similar context, Fauchon stressed the importance of using alternative and renewable energy for sea water desalination in Arish plant and in the reuse of the wastewater in Al-Jabal Al-Asfar plant, expressing his will to cooperate with the Egyptian government to save every single drop of water.

The Egyptian government is set to depend on desalination water plants to feed the population of the coastal cities along the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, targeting the production of 3 billion meters annually by 2030, said Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Atti in his speech at the opening session of the five-day forum.

The 2019 round of the CWW comes under the theme “Responding to Water Scarcity”. The forum’s sub-sessions tackle themes of Research and Innovation in facing water scarcity; non-conventional water resource use; Cooperation in Water Sector; and Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation, and Adaptation.

The first edition of the CWW convened in October 2018 under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to increase public awareness of water rationalization for sustainable development amid a state of water shortage.


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10/21/2019 3:50:53 PM
<![CDATA[Kuwaiti PM meets Sisi, lauds Egypt's pivotal role in region]]>
During their meeting in Cairo, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak hailed Egypt's pivotal role in the region as a main pillar for security and stability of the Arab world, as well as its keenness to foster solidarity among Arab nations and to push forward the joint Arab efforts.

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President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Monday received Kuwait's Prime Minister Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah – Courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency
Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak expressed his country's appreciation for the historic ties and various relations linking it with Egypt. He also voiced Kuwait's keenness to enhance cooperation with the African country at all levels, and to constantly coordinate with it on various issues.

The Kuwaiti prime minister, during the meeting, handed a written message from Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber who conveyed greetings to President Sisi.

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President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Monday received Kuwait's Prime Minister Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah – Courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency
President Sisi, for his part, praised the strong and special Egyptian-Kuwaiti relations.

Sisi affirmed Egypt's willingness to develop cooperation between the two Arab states at various levels, including enhancing trade and economic ties, besides attracting further Kuwaiti investments, especially via cooperation between the two countries' sovereign funds.

The president asked Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak to convey his greetings to the Kuwaiti emir, wishing the emir good health and wellness.

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President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Monday received Kuwait's Prime Minister Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah – Courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency
During the meeting, Sisi and Sheikh Jaber also discussed developments at the regional level. Sisi, in this regard, highlighted the bond between the security of the Gulf and that of Egypt.

Sisi also praised the significant role played by the Kuwaiti state to confront the challenges facing the Arab nations.

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Kuwait's Emir received Sisi on September 1 this year, and praised Egypt's pivotal role in supporting security and stability of the Arab nations, and its valuable efforts in enhancing joint Arab work at all levels, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.

Sheikh Sabah affirmed his country's appreciation to Egypt's leadership and people, praising the Egyptian-Kuwaiti relations and sincere historical relations, spokesman Radi said.

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The Egyptian-Kuwaiti relations are based on cooperation and understanding on all issues.

According to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas ahead of the Kuwaiti prime minister's current visit, economic relations between the two countries have witnessed a steady growth throughout history. Kuwaiti investments in Egypt rank high among existing investments as it exceeds $15 billion.

Tourism and aviation between the two countries have witnessed a similar growth reflected in the increase in the number of Kuwaiti tourists to around 200,000 tourists on 64 weekly flights between.

A large Kuwaiti community is also inhabiting Egypt, including about 20,000 Kuwaitis, mostly undergraduate and post-university students. In return, Kuwait hosts around 700,000 Egyptian nationals.

In the investment sector, Kuwait is Egypt's third largest trading partner in the Arab world after the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Deputy Prime Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah said in the 12th session of the Kuwaiti-Egyptian joint committee that investments exceeded $15 billion.

The volume of Egyptian exports to Kuwait between 2010 and 2018 amounted to about 984.2 million dinars (about $3.2 billion), while the volume of Kuwaiti exports to Egypt reached 165.3 million dinars (about $543 million), according to statistics of Kuwait's Central Statistics Bureau.

The Kuwaiti prime minister's visit comes in the context of continuous visits between the two countries to enhance bilateral cooperation.

The Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development has covered most of the developmental fields in Egypt during the past years, according to Al-Qabas. The total number of projects financed by the Fund in Egypt since its establishment until September 30 this year is about 50 projects with a total cost of one billion dinars (about 3.4 billion dollars), while the number of grants and technical assistance amounted to about 18 grants worth 17.3 million dinars (about 56 million dollars).

The various projects financed by the Fund in Egypt included development of maritime transport, the pharmaceutical industry, sanitation, power and water plants, the expansion of natural gas networks, and the development of railways.]]>
10/21/2019 3:38:06 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi's visit to Russia to open new vistas for bilateral, regional cooperation - SIS]]>
The Egyptian leader's visit is going to be his fifth to Russia since his first visit as Minister of Defense in 2014 and the 12th meeting with President Vladimir Putin over this period, a report by SIS said.

President Sisi's visit to Russia is mainly for holding the Russian-African summit, as President Sisi currently chairs the African Union, which will be attended by African leaders and heads of major African organizations. The two-day summit to be held in Sochi will include the signing of several agreements that aim at improving the lives of Africans and establishing peace.

As for Egyptian-Russian relations, the report said Russia is one of Egypt's largest trade partners as trade between them witnessed a substantial growth in 2018 hitting around 7.66 billion dollars. Egypt's exports to Russia increased by 4.2% in 2018 registering around 526.4 million dollars, compared with 505.6 million dollars in 2017, the report added.

The report noted an increase in Egypt's exports to Russia which include agricultural crops, industrial products particularly pharmaceutical ones, foodstuffs and chemicals.

Egypt plans to increase exports to reduce the large trade deficit between the two countries.

The two leaders will tackle a number of regional issues especially related to the Gulf region, Syria, Libya and Yemen.

Egyptian-Russian historical relations flourished in the 1950s and the 60s but they date back to much earlier, the report added.]]>
10/21/2019 3:08:35 PM
<![CDATA[Lebanon government agrees reforms, debating last point related to power sector: presidency]]>
The government convened to approve a reform package, including halving ministers’ wages, in a bid to defuse the biggest protests against the country’s ruling elite in decades.

Power sector reform is one of the biggest issues the government is tackling.

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10/21/2019 2:56:44 PM
<![CDATA[PM: Egypt faces major challenge to reach fair deal on Ethiopia's dam]]>
“The environmental and hydrological studies of the dam have not been carried out yet, and we hope that consultant firms finish them,” said Madbouli, adding that “the Ethiopian side rejects what has been agreed upon.”

“It was agreed to take an unofficial path with an independent scientific group, which was formed by representatives of the three countries [Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan], but we did not see any significant progress,” he continued.

Madbouli highlighted the need for coordination among the countries in case any dam would be built on the Nile River, clarifying that Egypt uses Article 10 of the Declaration of Principles signed in 2015, per which an international mediator shall intervene in the negotiations.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the controversial $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its 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 has begun 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 October 5, 2019, Cairo has asked for an international mediator in the tripartite negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD); however, Addis Ababa rejected.

The 2019 round of the CWW comes under the theme “Responding to Water Scarcity”. The Forum’s sub-sessions tackle themes of Research and Innovation in facing water scarcity; non-conventional water resource use; Cooperation in Water Sector; and Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation, and Adaptation.

The first edition of the CWW convened in October 2018 under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in a way to increase public awareness of water rationalization for the sustainable development amid a state of water shortage.





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10/21/2019 2:49:38 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt executes water management program with investments of $ 50B: Minister]]>
This came in the minister's speech at the second edition of the Cairo Water Week Forum (CWW) 2019 on Sunday.

The minister explained that one of the core themes of this program is the reuse of 3 million cubic meters of wastewater per day. In mitigation, Egypt is building the sewage water treatment plant to face water shortage that could affect around 0.5 million people in Sinai.

The plant, located east the Suez Canal, will treat sewage and agricultural wastewater of the longest drain (Bahr al-Baqar 1 drain). It will produce 5 million cubic meters per day to cultivate 250,000 feddans.

Abdel Atti clarified that the country uses modern technologies to produce water with an efficiency of 85 percent.

The government will also depend on desalination water plants to feed the needs of the population of the coastal cities along the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, targeting the production of 3 billion meters annually by 2030, Abdel Atti revealed.

Minister Abdel Atti added that Egypt has established a number of small dams to collect and store rainwater as the country collected more than 3, 000 cubic meters in North Sinai over the last period.

Furthermore, the minister reviewed the main challenges that Egypt faces, including the population increase that now exceeds 100 million people and is expected to jump to 170 million people by 2050. He said that the government is implementing projects to protect the delta from sinking as climate change has led to a rise in the sea level.

"The gap between water consumption and production has reached 90 percent," the minister noted.

Ethiopia’s controversial dam

“Any unilateral change in the Nile River course would severely affect Egypt,” said Minister Abdel Atti in his speech at the second edition of the Cairo Water Week Forum (CWW) 2019 on Sunday.

The minister’s remarks refer to the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) as both 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 has begun in 2014. One year later, the three countries reached an agreement, 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.

The 2019 round of the CWW comes under the theme “Responding to Water Scarcity”. Other sub-sessions will be held on Research and Innovation in facing water scarcity; non-conventional water resource use; Cooperation in Water Sector; and Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation, and Adaptation.

The first edition of the CWW convened in October 2018 under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in a way to increase the public awareness of water rationalization for the sustainable development amid a state of water shortage.






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10/21/2019 1:31:57 PM
<![CDATA[1/3 Africans to suffer from water shortage by 2030: ICID chief]]>
This came in Reinders' speech at the second edition of the Cairo Water Week Forum (CWW) 2019, which kicked off on Sunday.

"More than 70 percent of surface and underground water is used for the agricultural sector," Reinders said, adding that water production for agriculture should increase to 95 percent by 2030 to meet population demands.

Reinders clarified that 97 percent of water comes from seas and oceans, while freshwater that people only use forms 1 percent, adding that this matter poses a serious danger especially with the increasing population.

According to UN data in 2017, it is expected that the world population could reach 9.8 billion in 2050 from 7.3 billion people nowadays.

He continued that modern irrigation methods, such as drip irrigation, are imperative to achieve better water productivity and increase the production of agricultural crops to reach the goals of sustainable development in 2050.

The president of the ICID referred to Egypt’s strategy adopting modern irrigation techniques, praising the forum, which comes under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Reinders’ remarks came during the forum's first session titled “Achieving SDGs under Water Scarcity” at the five-day forum. The session tackled the following aspects according to the forum’s official website:

• Promoting efficiency in domestic, agricultural and industrial water use
• Mitigating water quality degradation and pollution clean up
• Coping with water scarcity to achieve food security
• Water accounting for optimum water management
• Making clean water and safe sanitation accessible and affordable
• Interlinkages between water, energy, food and environment
• Managing water to alleviate poverty and hunger
• Progress towards achieving Goal 6 of the SDGs
• Public-private partnership (ppp) in water management
The 2019 round of the CWW comes under the theme “Responding to Water Scarcity”. Other sub-sessions will be held on Research and Innovation in facing water scarcity; non-conventional water resource use; Cooperation in Water Sector; and Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation, and Adaptation.

The first edition of the CWW convened in October 2018 under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to increase the public awareness of water rationalization for sustainable development amid a state of water shortage.







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10/21/2019 1:14:34 PM
<![CDATA[Chile extends state of emergency as protest death toll hits seven]]>
"We are at war against a powerful, implacable enemy, who does not respect anything or anyone and is willing to use violence and crime without any limits," Pinera told reporters after an emergency meeting with army general Javier Iturriaga, who has been placed in charge of order and security in the capital.

Santiago and nine other of Chile's 16 regions were under a state of emergency, Pinera confirmed late Sunday, with troops deployed onto the streets for the first time since Augusto Pinochet's military dictatorship between 1973-1990.

The clashes, which have seen some 9,500 police and military fire tear gas and water cannon against protesters who have set fire to buses, smashed up metro stations and ransacked shops, were sparked by anger over price hikes and social inequality.

Despite a growth rate that should reach 2.5 percent of GDP this year, several social indicators -- such as health, education and pensions -- show very high inequalities.

"Many latent requests have not been answered, tension has built up, frustration has increased daily in daily life," said Octavio Avendano, a sociologist and political scientist at the University of Chile.

This anger boiled over earlier in the week as a protest against a rise in metro fares escalated dramatically on Friday.

On Sunday, five people died when a garment factory was torched by rioters in a Santiago suburb, despite right-wing Pinera's Saturday announcement that he was suspending the fare increase.

Earlier, Interior and Security Minister Andres Chadwick said two women burned to death after a store owned by US retail chain Walmart was set alight in the early hours of Sunday.

Another victim, who authorities initially said had died in hospital, suffered burns on 75 percent of her body.

Almost all public transport was paralyzed in Santiago on Sunday, with shops shuttered and many flights cancelled at the international airport, leaving thousands of people stranded due to a curfew imposed from 7:00 pm until dawn.

- 'Listen to the people' -

Authorities reported 103 serious incidents throughout the country with 1,462 people detained -- 614 in Santiago and 848 in the rest of the country.

"It's really sad what's happening, but the people are outraged because they're not being listened to," 26-year-old Antonia told AFP in central Santiago.

Several international Chilean football players have also asked leaders in their country to "listen to the people" and to find solutions.

"I pray that my beloved Chile will be better," Chilean star Arturo Vidal, the Barcelona midfielder, wrote on Sunday night.

On Friday, the headquarters of the ENEL Chile power company and a Banco Chile branch -- both in the center of Santiago -- were set on fire and heavily damaged.

Dozens of protesters torched a building belonging to Chile's oldest newspaper, El Mercurio, in Valparaiso on Saturday evening, while elsewhere a metro station, supermarkets and other stores were set on fire.

- Social tensions erupt -

Santiago's metro system -- South America's largest and most modern and used by around three million people a day -- was shut down on Friday as protesters burned and vandalized stations.

Louis de Grange, president of the state Metro S.A. company, told Canal 13 the "brutal destruction" of the service had caused more than $300 million in damage.

The hike in fares that set off the violence would have raised the price of peak hour travel from 800 to 830 pesos ($1.13 to $1.15).

The government said the hike, which followed a 20-peso increase in January, was driven by rising oil prices and a weakening peso.

Initially, students and others responded by fare-dodging, but underlying social tensions quickly bubbled to the surface.

Chile has the highest per capita income of Latin America at $20,000, with expected economic growth this year of 2.5 percent and just two percent inflation.

Yet there is widespread frustration with economic policies that have virtually privatized all health care and education, at a time that falling pensions and rising costs of basic services have exacerbated social inequality.

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10/21/2019 12:47:47 PM
<![CDATA[Canada's Trudeau, his 'sunny ways' darkened by scandals, seeks to retain power in election]]>
Trudeau, 47, the Liberal Party leader, was endorsed by former Democratic U.S. President Barack Obama in the final stretch of the campaign and is viewed as one of the last remaining progressive leaders among the world’s major democracies.

But he was shaken during the campaign by a blackface scandal and has been dogged by criticism of his handling of a corruption case involving a major Canadian construction company. Trudeau, the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, has also had to overcome a sense of fatigue with his government.

His Liberals and the main opposition Conservatives led by Andrew Scheer are in a neck-and-neck race, according to opinion polls.

“The truth is it’s a coin toss right now,” said Ipsos pollster Darrell Bricker.

A year ago, no one would have predicted that Trudeau risked being the first prime minister since the 1930s to secure a parliamentary majority and then fail to win a second term.

The latest opinion polls suggest he may narrowly avert that result and could return to office with a minority in the 338-seat House of Commons. That would still leave Trudeau in a weakened position and needing the support of left-leaning opposition parties Five parties are contesting Canada’s federal election to push through key pieces of legislation.

Despite Scheer’s dimpled smile, Trudeau’s main rival has proven to be a determined opponent. One of the defining moments of the campaign was when Scheer attacked Trudeau during the English-language debate.

“He can’t even remember how many times he put blackface on, because the fact of the matter is he’s always wearing a mask,” Scheer said. “Mr. Trudeau, you are a phony and you are a fraud and you do not deserve to govern this country.”

In his bid to unseat Trudeau, Scheer is also promising to balance the federal budget and eliminate a “carbon tax” on fossil fuels. Scheer, 40, although a career politician, is running his first campaign as party leader after winning a bitter Conservative leadership fight in 2017.

BUMPY CAMPAIGN RIDE
The six-week official campaign period has been a rough and meandering ride with dirty tactics on both sides.

The liberal image of Trudeau, who has championed diversity as prime minister and whose father opened up the country to mass immigration, took a severe blow when pictures emerged early in the campaign of him wearing blackface in the early 1990s and in 2001.

Trudeau had already been wrestling with the fallout from accusations he pressured his justice minister to help shield engineering firm SNC-Lavalin Lavalin Group Inc from corruption charges. In August, a top watchdog said Trudeau breached ethics rules.

Given the fact that neither of the front-runners could come away with a parliamentary majority, it is the smaller left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) or the separatist Bloc Quebecois that could end up holding the balance of power.

Only six weeks ago, both those parties looked like they were heading toward electoral disaster. But NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and the Bloc’s Yves-Francois Blanchet have won praise for campaigns in which they cast themselves as alternatives to the leaders of the big parties.

“I am a lifelong Liberal voter and I am stumped on this one, mostly because I am really concerned about a Conservative win and just trying to figure out how to vote strategically,” said Kristin Street, 33, a strategy manager at a computer games company, in Port Moody, British Columbia.

Polls open in the Atlantic province of Newfoundland at 8:30 a.m. (1100 GMT) and voting ends in the Pacific Coast province of British Columbia at 7 p.m. (0200 GMT on Tuesday).

EKOS Research pollster Frank Graves said Liberals needed turnout to be similar to four years ago or otherwise the Conservatives may have an edge.

“We may well be waiting until the final vote tallies in British Columbia to see who will win on Monday,” Graves said.

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10/21/2019 12:16:47 PM
<![CDATA[British PM pushes for Brexit deal vote after being forced to seek delay]]>
With just 10 days left until the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on Oct. 31, the divorce is again in disarray as Britain’s political class argue over whether to leave with a deal, exit without a deal or hold another referendum.

Although Johnson hammered out a deal in grueling talks with EU officials last week, it was not certain that the speaker of the House of Commons would allow a vote on the deal on Monday.

Johnson was ambushed by opponents in parliament on Saturday who demanded a change to the sequencing of the ratification of the deal, exposing the prime minister to a law which demanded he request a delay until Jan. 31.

In a twist that illustrates the extent to which Brexit has strained the norms of British statecraft, Johnson sent the note to the EU unsigned - and added another signed letter arguing against what he cast as a deeply corrosive delay.

“A further extension would damage the interests of the UK and our EU partners, and the relationship between us,” Johnson said his own letter, signed “Boris Johnson”.

The EU has not yet given a clear response.

The British government insisted on Sunday the country will leave the EU on Oct. 31, and plans to put the deal to a vote in parliament later on Monday though it is unclear if the House of Commons speaker, John Bercow, will allow such a vote.

Bercow will make a statement on the proceedings shortly after parliament opens at 1330 GMT.

If Bercow, who said on Saturday he was blindsided by the government’s debate proposal, does not allow it then the government will have to try to push on with the legislation needed for ratification of Johnson’s deal.

But that is a path that exposes Johnson to attempts by opponents to wreck the agreement.

Sterling, which has rallied more than 6% since Oct. 10, slid from five-month highs on Monday. It hit as low as $1.2850 in Asian trading before settling around $1.2920 GBP=D3 in London, down 0.5% on the day.

Goldman Sachs raised the probability of the United Kingdom leaving with a ratified deal to 70% from 65%, cut its view of the chances of a “no-deal” Brexit to 5% from 10% and left its view on no Brexit at all unchanged at 25%.

BREXIT DELAY?
The EU, which has grappled with the tortuous Brexit crisis since Britons voted 52%-48% to leave in a 2016 referendum, decided on Sunday to play for time rather than rush to decide on Johnson’s request.

From the EU’s point of view, extension options range from just an additional month until the end of November to half a year or longer.

Anti-Brexit campaigners said they would ask a Scottish court on Monday to delay its ruling on a legal challenge that sought to force Johnson to comply with a law requiring him to request a delay to Brexit in the event that no agreement had been approved.

EU Council President Donald Tusk has said he has received Johnson’s unsigned request and is consulting with EU leaders on how to react.

In London, Johnson’s ministers said they were confident they had the numbers to push a deal through parliament where opponents were plotting to derail the deal he had assured the EU that he could ratify.

But the opposition Labour Party is planning changes to the legislation needed for Brexit that would make the deal unacceptable to swathes of Johnson’s own party including a proposals for another referendum.

Johnson’s former allies, the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), said they would not back a proposal for a customs union with the EU - a step that, if passed, would doom Johnson’s deal.

“We are clear where we stand on the customs union as something that we cannot support and will not support, and I believe that that will be the stance we will have later on when we see the wording,” DUP lawmaker Jim Shannon said.

If Johnson’s deal is scuppered just days before the United Kingdom’s planned departure, it would leave Johnson a choice: try to leave without a deal or accept a delay.

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10/21/2019 12:12:39 PM
<![CDATA[Lebanese president: Protests show people's pain]]>
The government must at least start by lifting banking secrecy from current and future ministers, he said at the start of the a cabinet session at Baabda presidential palace.

"What is happening in the streets expresses people’s pain, but generalizing corruption (charges) against everyone carries big injustice,” An-Nahar newspaper quoted him as saying.

Earlier in the day, security forces stepped up security in the precincts of Baabda palace as the cabinet is meeting to approve a package of financial, economic and administrative reforms.

All roads leading to the presidential palace were sealed off in light of the massive demonstrations that gripped the country over the past four days in protest against economic conditions.

The cabinet meeting under Saad el Hariri will approve the State budget without imposing new taxes, the main demand of protesters who took to streets in the biggest show of dissent against State institutions in years.

Around 3.5 billion dollars will be allocated to achieve a near-zero deficit for the 2020 budget and accelerate steps to develop the electricity sector and set up power generation stations. ]]>
10/21/2019 12:08:04 PM
<![CDATA[Kuwaiti PM hails historic ties with Egypt as he arrives in Cairo]]>
In a statement, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak said that his visit comes within the framework of continuous consultation and permanent coordination between the two countries in various fields and issues of common concern.

He highlighted the significance of this current visit due to the changes and challenges witnessed by the Arab nations and the world, which require joint action to achieve stability, security and peace in the Middle East.

Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak expressed hope that this visit will be a good opportunity for both countries to reach new levels of fruitful and constructive cooperation in political, economic, cultural and tourism fields and develop them in line with the aspirations of the brotherly peoples of the two countries.

He said he looks forward to meeting President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to convey to him the greetings of the Kuwaiti Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber and the Crown Prince.

Mubarak noted that his meeting with his Egyptian counterpart, Mostafa Madbouly, set to take place on Monday, will discuss ways of developing bilateral relations between the two countries and enhancing cooperation in a way that achieves the interests of the two brotherly peoples.

The two prime ministers will also discuss regional and international issues of common concern.

Madbouly received at Cairo Airport on Sunday his Kuwaiti counterpart, who is an official visit to Cairo at the head of a high-level delegation, including a number of ministers and officials, as well as businessmen.

During the visit, the two sides will sign a number of cooperation agreements, Egyptian Cabinet spokesman Nader Saad said.

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10/21/2019 11:30:49 AM
<![CDATA[President Sisi sends address to Russia-Africa Summit participants ]]>
“The Russia–Africa Summit, which is taking place in Sochi on 23–24 October 2019, encapsulates the historically friendly relations between the African continent and the Russian Federation. This Summit carries great significance as it is the first of its kind to emerge during a period of major global and international transformations. In response to the aspirations of the people it is representing, the Summit intends to build a comprehensive framework for expanding Russian–African relations into broader horizons of joint cooperation across different fields.

The African nations and Russia share a common understanding of international relations, based on the principles of respect for the rule of international law, equality, non-interference in the internal affairs of states, and the peaceful resolution of disputes. Both sides affirm their commitment to support multilateral actions to oppose new international threats, be they terrorism and extremism in all their forms, or declining growth rates. The two sides share a firm conviction regarding the importance of developing trade flows and supporting mutual investment in such a way as to ensure security, peace and development for the African and Russian people.

African countries have huge potential and opportunities that will allow them, once efforts to streamline their economies have been achieved, to emerge as real global players. In recent years, the nations of this continent have achieved major successes spanning the political, economic, social and administrative spheres. Africa has flourished in terms of growth over the past decade, reaching a continent-wide growth rate of 3.55% in 2018.

The African Union Summit, which was held in Niger in July 2019, continued the efforts of the African countries and saw the African Continental Free Trade Agreement come into force, along with its operational instruments. The agreement is one of the key objectives of Agenda 2063, an African development strategy that has been created to address the African people’s desire for prosperity and decent living standards.

These successes are opening up wide-ranging prospects for cooperation between African countries and the Russian Federation, and confirm the determination of African governments and their people to cooperate with multiple partners in order to establish mutually beneficial relations.

With this in mind, we express our hopes that the Russia–Africa Summit will help in the establishment of constructive strategic relations, based on partnership between two sides across various fields, and in the service of fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the African people and their friends in Russia.”
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10/20/2019 2:57:58 PM
<![CDATA[Turkey, Russia to discuss removal of Kurdish militia from Syrian towns]]>
Turkey paused its military offensive into northeastern Syria after President Tayyip Erdogan agreed on Thursday, in talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, a five-day ceasefire to allow the YPG to withdraw from a “safe zone” Ankara aims to establish near its border.

The truce is also aimed at easing a crisis triggered by U.S. President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision this month to withdraw all 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria, a move criticized in Washington and elsewhere as a betrayal of Kurdish allies who had fought for years alongside U.S. troops against Islamic State.

But Trump’s move also means the extent of Turkey’s ambitions in the region is likely to be determined by Russia and Iran, who both support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and are looking to fill the vacuum created by the U.S. retreat.

Assad has already deployed his forces in territory formerly protected by Washington, invited by the Kurds. Erdogan, who has backed rebels fighting to oust Assad, has said Turkey has no problem with Syrian government forces deploying near the border.

Speaking at an interview with broadcaster Kanal 7 on Sunday, Cavusoglu said urgent talks between Erdogan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin would be held next week.

“We will discuss the removal of the YPG terrorists from our borders, namely Manbij and Kobani, with the Russians,” Cavusoglu said.

Turkey, Russia to discuss removal of Kurdish militia from Syria's Manbij, Kobani
“We believe we can reach an agreement with them to work together in the future, just like we have before.”

Ankara regards the YPG, the main component of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as a terrorist group because of its links to Kurdish insurgents in southeast Turkey. The YPG has been a close U.S. ally in the fight against Islamic State.

The SDF and Damascus struck a deal this month to counter the Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria, prompting Syrian army forces to deploy in Manbij and Kobani, towns of strategic importance given their location on the Syrian border with Turkey.

While Erdogan and Putin have forged close ties over defense and energy cooperation, Moscow has said the Turkish offensive into Syria was “unacceptable” and should be limited.

Erdogan on Saturday said he would also discuss Syrian army deployment in northern Syria with Putin, saying the two needed to find a solution to the matter. But he warned that “we will continue to implement our own plans” if a solution could not be reached, without elaborating.

Russian officials had spoken to Assad on Friday about the need to de-escalate the situation in northeast Syria, Russia’s foreign ministry said on Saturday.

FRAGILE TRUCE
The surprise deal to suspend Turkey’s military offensive in Syria hinged on Erdogan’s demand that Washington agrees on a time limit on any ceasefire, a senior Turkish official told Reuters on Friday.

The deal aims to stem a humanitarian crisis that has displaced 200,000 civilians in the region and at the same time ease security concerns over thousands of Islamic State captives guarded by the YPG.

Though the fragile truce held for the first two days of the agreement, Turkey’s defense ministry said on Sunday that one Turkish soldier was killed and another was wounded after a YPG attack with anti-tank and light arms hit soldiers on a reconnaissance and surveillance mission in northeast Syria’s Tel Abyad.

It said Turkish forces had responded to the attack and that 20 acts violating the deal were committed by the YPG since the start of the truce.

A separate statement from the ministry late on Saturday said that a convoy of 39 vehicles had entered and exited the border town of Ras al Ain to evacuate injured people.

On Friday the Kurdish militia accused Turkey of violating the five-day pause by shelling civilian areas in the northeast. A senior Turkish official denied the accusations and said they were an attempt to sabotage the truce.

However, Erdogan warned on Saturday that Turkey would resume the offensive and “crush the heads of terrorists” if the agreement faltered, with Turkey insisting it is Washington’s duty to ensure the withdrawal of the YPG.

Cavusoglu reiterated that warning on Saturday, saying the offensive would continue if U.S. promises were not kept. He said Turkey did not want to see “a single terrorist” left in the “safe zone” by the end of the five days.

Turkey’s defense ministry said late on Saturday that it was monitoring the withdrawal of the YPG and was in close contact with U.S. officials to provide logistical information.]]>
10/20/2019 1:11:24 PM
<![CDATA[Brother of ex-Minister Boutros Ghali accomplice in artifact smuggling]]>
On Saturday, the prosecution also demanded the rapid arrest of Italy’s former honorary consul in Luxor Ladislav Otakar Skakal and enlisting him at the Interpol and the black lists of airports due to his involvement in the crime.

A total of 21,855 artifacts from various historical periods were seized in a diplomatic container from Alexandria to the Italian port of Salerno in 2018.

Investigation that lasted a year revealed the network of smugglers behind the attempt and the role of each one, prosecutors said. ]]>
10/20/2019 11:57:50 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian-Kuwaiti investments highlighted ahead of PM's visit to Cairo]]>
Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak, will be accompanied, during his visit to Egypt, with a large delegation comprising a number of ministers, representatives of Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and businessmen, local media reported.

The Kuwaiti prime minister and his delegation are scheduled to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.

During the meetings, the two sides will sign several agreements covering some areas of cooperation between the two countries, especially the investments sector.

The Egyptian-Kuwaiti relations are based on cooperation and understanding on all issues.

According to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas, economic relations between the two countries have witnessed a steady growth throughout history. Kuwaiti investments in Egypt rank high among existing investments as it exceeds $15 billion.

Tourism and aviation between the two countries have witnessed a similar growth reflected in the increase in the number of Kuwaiti tourists to around 200,000 tourists on 64 weekly flights between.

A large Kuwaiti community is also inhabiting Egypt, including about 20,000 Kuwaitis, mostly undergraduate and post-university students. In return, Kuwait hosts around 700,000 Egyptian nationals.

In the investment sector, Kuwait is Egypt's third largest trading partner in the Arab world after the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Deputy Prime Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah said in the 12th session of the Kuwaiti-Egyptian joint committee that investments exceeded $15 billion.

The volume of Egyptian exports to Kuwait between 2010 and 2018 amounted to about 984.2 million dinars (about $3.2 billion), while the volume of Kuwaiti exports to Egypt reached 165.3 million dinars (about $543 million), according to statistics of Kuwait's Central Statistics Bureau.

The Kuwaiti prime minister's visit comes in the context of continuous visits between the two countries to enhance bilateral cooperation.

The Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development has covered most of the developmental fields in Egypt during the past years, according to Al-Qabas. The total number of projects financed by the Fund in Egypt since its establishment until September 30 this year is about 50 projects with a total cost of one billion dinars (about 3.4 billion dollars), while the number of grants and technical assistance amounted to about 18 grants worth 17.3 million dinars (about 56 million dollars).

The various projects financed by the Fund in Egypt included development of maritime transport, the pharmaceutical industry, sanitation, power and water plants, the expansion of natural gas networks, and the development of railways.
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10/20/2019 11:46:12 AM
<![CDATA[Supreme Constitutional Court a 'symbol of judiciary independence': Justice Minister ]]>
The minister explained that the Supreme Constitutional Court makes an important part of the judiciary system in Egypt.

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President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi tweeted Saturday marking the golden jubilee of the constitutional jurisdiction in Egypt, where he expressed his pride of the Supreme Constitutional Court for "its long-established judicial experience and traditions."

The Minister of Justice, Mohamed Hossam Abdel Rahim, said that on behalf of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the President of the Republic, and on behalf of Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouli congratulates the Supreme Constitutional Court as president, deputies and members.
 
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Minister Abdel Rahim pointed out that the constitutional judiciary confirms that the provisions of the legislation are subject to judicial supervision, to ensure that they comply with the constitutional provisions and are consistent with the rules repeated in the constitution. He stressed the extent of the legislative competence with the constitutional direction and the issuance of Law 81 of 1969 to establish the Supreme Court.
 
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The Supreme Constitutional Court is an independent judicial body, and is responsible for determining the constitutionality of laws and for interpreting legal texts, said the minister, adding that the court's success is linked to a sweeping popular will to raise the status of the court to uphold all the powers of the state, its presidents, deputies and independent commissioners.

Organized under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, the celebration was attended by 48 delegations representing supreme and constitutional courts in Arab, African and foreign countries.]]>
10/19/2019 3:58:00 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi praises Supreme Constitutional court's long-established judicial experience]]>
"On the occasion of the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Egyptian Constitutional Judiciary, I affirm my and all Egyptians' pride of the Supreme Constitutional Court for its its long-established judicial experience and traditions since decades, which have managed to overcome several challenges it faced over the past years, in order to uphold the principles of justice, and what it represents for the protection of rights and freedoms," Sisi wrote on his official Twitter account.

The Supreme Constitutional Court opened on Saturday a celebration to mark the golden jubilee of the constitutional jurisdiction in Egypt.

Organized under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, the celebration was attended by 48 delegations representing supreme and constitutional courts in Arab, African and foreign countries.

The event was also attended by Minister of Justice Hossam Abdel Rahim, Minister of Awqaf Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa, Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform Hala el Saeed and Minister of Transport Kamel el Wazir.

The three-day celebration is set to witness dialogue sessions between the court president and his deputies as well as between presidents of the supreme constitutional courts participating in the event and members of their delegations.

The sessions are due to tackle mutual interests of those responsible for constitutional jurisdiction and its various systems.

Parts of this story was taken from MENA ]]>
10/19/2019 2:13:26 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s FM meets Latvian president, Parliament speaker]]>
According to statement issued by the ministry’s spokesperson Ahmad Hafez, Shoukry issued President Abdel Fattah al Sisi greetings to his Latvian counterpart, affirming Egypt's appreciation for cooperation with Latvia and the importance of developing bilateral relations and pushing them forward during the coming period.

Hafez pointed out that Shoukry stressed Egypt's aspiration to develop economic relations with Latvia in various sectors, and reviewed the process of economic reform aimed at achieving great developmental leaps, noting that there are promising opportunities for cooperation in various fields.

Hafez pointed out that Shoukry assured the Latvian President of Egypt's keenness to develop relations with the Baltic States, pointing out in this regard the need to work on establishing a cooperation mechanism involving Egypt and the three Baltic countries (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) through the formula B3 + Egypt.

For his part, Levits stressed on his country's pride in relations with Egypt, and welcomed the expansion of areas of cooperation between the two countries. He was also keen to listen to Egyptian views on the latest developments in the region.

The Latvian President praised Egypt's vital role and balanced positions, which constitute a pillar of regional security and stability. Levits also stressed the aspiration of Egypt to open an embassy in Riga, praising the role of his country's embassy in Cairo in strengthening relations between the two countries.

During his meeting with Latvian Parliament speaker Ināra Mūrniece, the two sides affirmed their pride in the distinguished Egyptian-Latvian relations at all levels and looked forward to developing them in various fields during the coming period.

Hafez pointed out that Shoukry discussed with Mūrniece the importance of boosting parliamentary cooperation between the two countries. He also reviewed the economic situation in Egypt and reviewed the economic reform program undertaken by the Egyptian government to achieve the aspirations of the Egyptian people towards comprehensive and sustainable development through a competitive, balanced and diversified economy.

During the meeting, they also discussed cooperation between the two countries in the cultural field. The speaker pointed out the importance her country attaches to cooperation with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, as well as cooperation in the field of higher education.]]>
10/19/2019 11:58:18 AM
<![CDATA[UK government to not participate in Brexit deal vote if Letwin amendment passes: BBC]]>
The proposal, put forward by former Conservative lawmaker Oliver Letwin, has a strong chance of being accepted, meaning a subsequent vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s deal would no longer be a so-called “meaningful vote” to approve it.

Instead, Johnson’s Downing Street office would tell Conservative lawmakers they could go home rather than stay to participate in the vote, and would bring forward the legislation required to ratify a deal on Monday, the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg reported.

“No. 10 plans to send MPs home if they vote for Letwin - but govt will introduce the bill on Monday,” Kuenssberg said on Twitter. She also reported that Johnson would write to the EU to request an extension to Brexit if the Letwin amendment passed.]]>
10/19/2019 11:57:09 AM
<![CDATA[Turkey accused of defying Syrian border ceasefire]]>
"Despite the agreement to halt the fighting, Turkish air and artillery attacks continue to target the positions of fighters and civilian settlements," Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Mustafa Bali said in press statements on Saturday.]]>
10/19/2019 11:38:17 AM
<![CDATA[Pope Tawadros tackles situation of Copts with Macron, Larcher]]>
The Pope’s talk with President Emanuel Macron focused on the situation in Egypt, where the Pope said development in Egypt is improving but its road is still long. He added that there are many improvements to the situation of Copts, especially the new law facilitating the building of churches and President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s visits to the Cathedral every Christmas Mass, a visit that means a lot to the Coptic people in the country and the world.

They also tackled education, as the Pope expressed his wish that France supports the educational process in Egypt.

Meanwhile, head of the senate Gérard Larcher emphasized Pope Tawadros’ role is one of the most important figures of Christianity across the world, expressing his respect for the Coptic Church and its religious and historical weight, according to a statement by the Egyptian ambassador in Paris Ihab Badawy.

Larcher also noted the Egyptian counter terrorism role and the Egyptian-French relations, including parliamentary relations. The Pope, who began his visit to Belgium and France on Oct. 9, said that all terrorist operations, regardless how different in terms of their targets, whether churches, mosques, officers or judges, all aim at weakening the Egyptian national unity.

Pope Tawadros referred in his meeting with Larcher to efforts of the Egyptian government to renovate churches affected by terrorist attacks.

The Pope will later visit León and Marseille.

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10/19/2019 11:35:29 AM
<![CDATA[Water minister discusses Ethiopia’s dam issue in Budapest]]>
The meetings were held on the sidelines of the 2019 Budapest Water Summit that as held on October 15-17, with the participation of around 2,000 officials, the statement added, noting that the minister met with his counterparts of Hungary, Iraq, Oman, Senegal, Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, to also discuss aspects of joint cooperation.

The Minister reviewed Egypt’s proposal concerning the dam’s operation and filling its reservoir during the periods of drought in a way that causes no harm to Ethiopia and two other downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan], the statement continued.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the controversial the $4-billion dam, as Cairo voiced its concern over its 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 has begun in 2014. One year later, the three countries reached an agreement, 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.

President Abdel Fattah Elal-Sisi on Saturday affirmed on Oct. 12 Egypt’s water rights in the River Nile as Renaissance Dam negotiations reached a dead end as a result of the Ethiopian side's rejection to all proposals that take into account Egypt's water rights and interests.

On October 14, 2019, Deputy Foreign Minister for African Affairs Hamdy Louza met with ambassadors of Germany, Italy, and China to express Egypt’s discontent over the work of their companies in the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Also, Egyptian Center for Strategic Studies (ECSS) has released a new edition on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) entitled “Renaissance Dam: Dimensions, Repercussions and Future Courses”, regarding developments of negotiations after reaching a deadlock.

A number of top-level officials, diplomats, politics and legal scholars took part at a three-day conference organized by ECSS to discuss the legal, political and diplomatic aspects of the issue.

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Egyptian Strategic Studies Center issues special edition on Renaissance Dam developments, repercussions

CAIRO - 16 October 2019: The Egyptian Center for Strategic Studies (ECSS) has released a new edition on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), entitled "Renaissance Dam: Dimensions, Repercussions and Future Courses", regarding developments of negotiations after reaching a deadlock and President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi's statement at the UN that the dam "will not be operated by imposing a fait accompli."





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10/18/2019 4:19:50 PM
<![CDATA[AL chief renews call for immediate ceasefire in Tripoli]]>
The AL chief also urged all Libyan parties to engage in the political process that is sponsored by the United Nations for reaching a settlement of the Libyan crisis, added the statement.

Abul Gheit regretted the continuation of military operations in Libya, confirming that there is no military solution to the current situation in Libya and that the crisis could be only be settled in a political way, according to the statement.]]>
10/18/2019 2:07:22 PM
<![CDATA[More refugees arrive at Iraq in week of northeastern Syria violence ]]>
As of this morning, over 1,600 Syrian refugees have been transported from the border areas to Bardarash refugee camp, some 150 kilometers east of Syria-Iraq border.

The site has been prepped to receive the latest arrivals fleeing the fighting in northern Syria.

Newly arrived refugees told our staff that it took them days to get to the border as they fled amid shelling and fighting. Most of the new arrivals are women, children and elderly. Their general physical condition appears to be good, but some required psychosocial support.

In support of the response led by local authorities, our teams and those of other aid agencies and partners have been working round the clock to transport refugees to the Bardarash camp and meet their immediate needs.

Family tents are being pitched to provide shelter, water and sanitation systems have been put in place together with other basic facilities.

Upon arrival refugees are given hot meals, water, basic aid items including mattresses, blankets, kitchen sets, jerrycans and other items. Medical teams with ambulances and a mobile medical unit are present to provide medical assistance if needed. Our teams are working with partners to provide services needed including pyscho-social support and protection services. The refugees are registered using biometric iris-scanning and their specific needs are assessed to determine what kind of assistance they may require.

Meanwhile in Syria, after a week of violence in country’s northeast, we and our partners have been able so far to provide life-saving assistance to nearly 60,000 newly displaced Syrians as well as to those forced to flee from one camp to another.

Nearly 23,000 people have received core relief and winter items in the camps. UNHCR also provided same assistance to another 35,700 living in collective shelters and host communities.

The UN currently estimates some 166,000 people have been forced to flee their homes over the past seven days. Newly displaced families continue to seek shelter in camps, makeshift sites, communal shelters, with family, friends or acquaintances. Many of them have been displaced multiple times from one area to another in Al-Hassakeh, Tal Tamer and Raqqa.

Where possible, UNHCR teams conduct protection assessments and our response continues. Our protection partners identify those in need of specialized care and attention every day.

Given the new and significant humanitarian needs, UNHCR reiterates its calls for the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure. It is also critical that humanitarian workers are given unfettered humanitarian access to reach those newly displaced and assist them wherever this is required. ]]>
10/18/2019 1:59:55 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian embassy in Beirut urges nationals to be cautious]]>
The embassy in a statement also urged the Egyptian nationals to follow the instructions of Lebanese authorities regarding their safety and security.

The statement included phone numbers through which the Egyptian nationals can contact the embassy in case of any emergency.

Other embassies in Lebanon have issued similar warning statements to their nationals living in Lebanon after the country has seen massive protests against bad living economic conditions.]]>
10/18/2019 1:53:08 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo hosts meeting for Libyan MPs Friday]]>
The meetings are expected to witness discussions among Libyan parliamentarians to help resolve the Libyan crisis.

Members of the Libyan House have arrived in Cairo to participate in the meetings aiming at unifying Libyan efforts and developing a roadmap, as well as working to find a solution to the current crisis.

This meeting is the second to be hosted by Cairo, as the Libyan MPs met in Cairo in July, within the framework of the Egyptian efforts to restore channels of dialogue between the Libyan parliamentarians in order to find decisive solutions to Libya.

July meeting

More than 80 Libyan lawmakers have gathered in Cairo in July where discussions kicked off to reach a solution to deter foreign interference in the Libyan affairs.

The meetings, led by the Egyptian National Committee on Libya, is part of a series of talks hosted in Cairo to bring together different Libyan parties for the sake of achieving stability and security in the war-torn state. The committee invited around 80 Libyan lawmakers representing the west, south and east parts of the North African state.

Set to conclude Monday, the committee's discussions aim to unify Libyan powers, and consolidate the Libyan Parliament’s role in restructuring the oil-rich country.

“Libyan parliamentarians are coming to Cairo to listen to the advice of their Egyptian peers, who have experience in parliamentary work and democracy, as Libya is still at the beginning of its democratic path. I am optimistic about the discussions held in Cairo,” Libyan Member of Parliament Ali el-Saeedy told Egypt Today on the sidelines of the July meeting.]]>
10/18/2019 10:36:18 AM
<![CDATA[Serbia, Egypt speakers talk parliamentary cooperation]]>
This came on the sidelines of the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) held in Serbia's Belgrade between October 11-17, Egyptian media reported on Thursday.

The parliamentary cooperation with Syria has witnessed significant development since Abdel Aal's visit to Belgrade in July last year, Egyptian Ambassador Amr Aljowaily said.

In April, Egypt’s ambassador in Belgrade, along with several Arab ambassadors, contributed in launching the first Serbian-Arab Friendship Day during a cultural ceremony in the National Library of Serbia.

Abdel Aal in July, 2018, departed to Belgrade, upon an invitation from Gojković, to mark the 110th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Gojković, in June, was also keen to visit Egypt to convey an invitation to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi from his Serbian counterpart to visit Belgrade. Gojković renewed the invitation during Abdel Aal's visit, the ambassador said.

She also affirmed her country's support for Egypt's initiatives in multilateral relations, its legal rights with regard to natural resources, and expressed also appreciation for the Egyptian efforts to combat terrorism, which threatens the entire international community.
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10/17/2019 2:40:17 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt welcomes US sanctions against Turkey]]>
Cairo also regretted the marked deterioration of the humanitarian conditions and the displacement of thousands of Syrians. According to a statement issued five days ago by the United Nations, more than 130,000 people were displaced, while other human rights organizations said the number is estimated up to 400,000 persons, Reuters reported.

“Egypt welcomes US President Donald Trump's recent stance towards these developments, particularly the clear US rejection of the ongoing Turkish attacks on Syrian territory and the imposition of initial sanctions on the Turkish regime,” the statement read. Cairo also praised Trump’s support to the principles and norms of international legitimacy.

In his meeting with Jordanian King Abdullah II last week, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El Sisi affirmed his country's rejection to the Turkish aggression against Syrian territories and sovereignty.

On October 9, 2019, Turkey has launched a military offensive against the Kurds in northeastern Syria, a step that was slammed by the US, Arab states and many Western nations. On the same day, President Trump sent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan asking them to stop his offensive and threatened to destroy the Turkish economy. Trump concluded his letter to Erdogan saying “Don’t be a tough guy! Don’t be a fool!.”

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An October 9 letter from U.S. President Donald Trump to Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan warning Erdogan about Turkish military policy and the Kurdish people in Syria is seen after being released by the White House in Washington, U.S. October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Bourg


Four days ago, Trump published a letter concerning taking an executive order to impose financial sanctions against Turkish officials, to increase steel tariff up to 50 percent, and to bar Turkish from entering the US territories.




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10/17/2019 2:32:46 PM
<![CDATA[Lithuania hails Egypt's efforts to resolve crises in afflicted areas]]>
Linkevičius hailed the importance of strengthening the legal framework for cooperation between the two countries.

This statement was issued following a meeting between Linkevičius and his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry on Wednesday in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, during which they discussed a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern.

The two ministers discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the political and economic fields, according to the statement, and also reviewed the security and political situation in the Middle East and Africa region.

The statement also referred to a memorandum of understanding that was signed to enhance cooperation in the agricultural field. Under the agreement, the two countries would adopt effective exchange of information, and share the best practices in the areas of phytosanitary (measures to control plant diseases), agricultural technology and food production.

Shoukry, during the meeting, reiterated Egypt's rejection of the Turkish aggression in northern Syria, referring to its negative repercussions on the political settlement and the humanitarian situation in Syria, Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.]]>
10/17/2019 1:15:37 PM
<![CDATA[French FM in Iraq to discuss ISIS prisoners in Syria]]>
Concerns have been on the rise since the announcement of a Turkish offensive that has triggered fears of mass jailbreaks.

European governments are worried that the Turkish operation will allow the escape of some of the 12,000 suspected ISIS group fighters.

In his talks with his Iraqi counterpart Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim, President Barham Saleh and Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, Le Drian said, “We need to work things out with the Iraqi authorities so that we can find a way to have a judicial mechanism that is able to judge all these fighters, including obviously the French fighters.”

One issue will be Iraq’s use of the death penalty, which is outlawed throughout the EU.

Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden sent officials on a technical mission to Baghdad this week to assess the situation.

“There are talks between the Americans, the British, French and Iraqis about funding the construction of prisons,” Hisham Al-Hashemi, an Iraqi expert on ISIS, told AFP.

Hundreds of foreigners have been sentenced to death or life imprisonment in Iraq for belonging to ISIS.

According to the Kurdish administration, there are around 12,000 suspected ISIS fighters in the custody of Kurdish security forces across northeastern Syria.

At least 2,500 of them are non-Iraqi foreigners of more than 50 different nationalities. Tunisia is thought to have the biggest contingent.
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10/17/2019 12:25:37 PM
<![CDATA[US envoy demands UN to renew arms embargo on Iran]]>
Under the Iran nuclear deal, which the US pulled out of last year, a UN ban on weapons sales to Tehran will end in October 2020.

“Countries like Russia and China will be able to sell conventional weapons to Iran,” Hook said. “The Iranian regime will also be free to sell weapons to anyone.

“The moment Iran is allowed to buy advanced drones, missiles, tanks, and jets, it will do so. This will be a win for its proxies across the region, who will use such arms to then attack other nations on Iran’s behalf.”

“Iran continues to threaten its neighbors with ballistic missiles, conducts criminal maritime activity in international waters, continues to unlawfully hold American citizens, and fuels dangerous proxy conflicts in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon,” he told the hearing.

“It is my assessment that the maximum pressure campaign against Iran is working and can serve as the bridge to more meaningful negotiations,” Risch said.

The hearing heard that since May of last year, over 30 rounds of sanctions have denied the regime of more than $25 billion in oil revenue.

United States, according to Hook, is seeking a comprehensive deal to address the threats that Iran presents to international peace and security “including their nuclear and missile programs and its support to terror groups and proxies.”
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10/17/2019 12:24:31 PM
<![CDATA[PM says Cabinet may offer US companies investment incentives]]>
Mostafa Madbouli expressed hope to receive a delegation of US officials in Cairo, to closely review the suggested fields of cooperation between the two countries, according to official statements.

The meeting was attended by Egyptian ministers of investment and international cooperation, finance, trade and industry, as well as Egypt's ambassador to Washington.

During the meeting, the two sides reviewed aspects of trade relations between Egypt and the US, and areas of cooperation that can be strengthened during the coming period.

Ross was briefed by the finance minister on the amendments to the customs law, and the government's efforts to automate customs services to facilitate and speed up relevant procedures.

He also listened to an explanation from the Minister of trade on the proposed cooperation in the coming period, especially in the field of automotive industry and the transfer of US technology to Egypt.

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The volume of trade exchange between Egypt and the US increased within the first seven months of 2019 to reach $5.35 billion in comparison to $4.47 billion in the same period in 2018, state's news agency MENA cited Egyptian Commercial Service (ECS) as saying in September.

The deficit between Egypt and the US decreased by 8.7 percent within the same period.

The total value of Egypt exports to the US increased by 37.5 percent from January to July in 2019 reaching $1.9 billion, according to the ECS.

The Egyptian petroleum exports to the US increased to $662.9 million from January to July, the statement said.

The Egyptian imports from the US reached $3.46 billion in 2019 in comparison to $3.09 billion in the same period in 2018 with an increase of 11.8 percent, the statement added.]]>
10/17/2019 10:20:04 AM
<![CDATA[Treasury secretary hails Egypt's social housing projects as he meets PM]]>
This came during Mnuchin's meeting with Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly in Washington. The meeting was also attended by Sahar Nasr, Egypt's minister of investment and international cooperation; Mohammed Mai't, Egypt's minister of finance; and Yasser Reda, Egypt's Ambassador to Washington.

With regard to bilateral cooperation, Nasr reviewed the outcome of the Madbouly's meeting with the President of the International Finance Corporation, referring to the areas of cooperation that have been agreed upon to be activated in terms of transport, water desalination and the electricity linkage with Africa.

The meeting also touched on the efforts exerted by the US to limit the negative consequences of the Turkish aggression on the Syrian territory and the sanctions announced by the Treasury against Turkey in this regard.

Madbouli reiterated Egypt's strong condemnation of the Turkish assault and demanded the immediate withdrawal of Turkish troops from Syria.

On Tuesday, Madbouli also met with Vice President of the US Mike Pence, where they affirmed the centrality of the Egyptian-US relations, and also discussed the Turkish offensive in Syria that has continued for a week, despite wide condemnation.

Madbouli and Pence also discussed the political updates of the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), according to official statements.

Social housing development progress report: How far have we come?

CAIRO - 4 January 2019: Social housing projects is an issue that is close to the heart of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.



Egypt, under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has been home for social housing projects aiming at providing families living in slums with alternative apartments, and also secure properties for the youth.

Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Areas Assem el-Gazar in September handed over 30 social housing units to the youth in the city of 10th of Ramadan, Sharqia governorate, according to a statement from the ministry.

The ministry is building a project of 2,200 housing units in 110 buildings at a cost LE 383 million, the statement added. The minister then inspected the city to be updated on the implementation of the project.

Cairo Governorate Municipal Authority relocated 788 families from Tereat Al Tawarea slum area to Ahalina neighborhood, Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel Aal announced in August.

The governor stated that the authority finished the demolition of 249 unlicensed buildings in Eshah Abou El Seoud moving the residents, who are members of 497 families, to Asmarat 3 neighborhood.

In July, the ministry announced that the execution of 1,440 residential units within Sakan Misr initiative, and 1,584 social housing units distributed among 66 buildings in Asyut, Upper Egypt.

Also, the ministry is building thousands of housing units for the slum residents; Cairo Governorate Municipal Authority relocated 788 families from Tereat Al-Tawarea slum area to Ahalina neighborhood in August 2019, Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel Aal announced.]]>
10/16/2019 9:22:17 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's FM talks Turkish assault with Lithuanian counterpart]]>
Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, during the meeting on Wednesday in Lithuania's capital of Vilnius, expressed his country's appreciation to the relations with Egypt, affirming keenness to strengthen these ties in various fields to meet the aspiration of the peoples of the two countries.

The two sides discussed a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern.

Shoukry stressed the importance of developing cooperation in various fields, especially in light of the positive results of the Lithuanian foreign minister's visit to Cairo last January, and his participation in the first Arab-European summit in South Sinai's Sharm el-Sheikh last February.

The Egyptian foreign minister expressed the keenness to enhance the bilateral relations at all levels, including continuing to exchange high-level visits and maintaining periodic political consultations between the two countries, as well as continuing coordination and consultation on all issues of common concern within regional and international forums.

Shoukry also expressed Egypt's appreciation for the Lithuanian side's understanding of the nature of the challenges facing the Egyptian state, especially with regard to combating terrorism and illegal immigration, and the burden of implementing important economic reforms.

The meeting touched on ways of boosting economic cooperation between the two countries. Shoukry has invited the Lithuanian side to take part in the huge national projects being implemented in Egypt, including the Suez Canal Axis, and to take advantage from the investment opportunities provided by the Egyptian market.

The two ministers also discussed opportunities for cooperation in many other fields, especially information technology, cybersecurity, and financial and banking services, as well as renewable energy, higher education, and tourism.
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10/16/2019 7:53:36 PM
<![CDATA[ Trump very concerned about instability, will not tolerate Turkish invasion in Syria: Pence]]>
“At this point, the vice president and I are planning to take off later this afternoon,” Pompeo said.

He further said that the meeting is important because the U.S, officials “need to have this conversation with him directly.”

Pompeo and national security adviser Robert O’Brien were scheduled to travel to Turkey in an effort to discuss Ankara’s military actions in neighboring Syria.

Erdogan earlier told Sky News that he would not meet with the U.S. delegation led by Pence, and would only meet with president Donald Trump.

The Trump administration recently imposed tariffs on Turkey in response to the Turkish military invading Syria and attacking the Kurds, who fought alongside the U.S. against ISIS.

Pence on Tuesday said Trump is "very concerned about instability in the region," and that the U.S. is "simply not going to tolerate Turkey's invasion of Syria any longer."

Erdogan claimed the international community had not done enough to help Turkey with the millions of Syrian refugees the country took in, therefore, he decided to invade Syria, displace its residents, and kills its civilians.]]>
10/16/2019 4:04:33 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to cooperate with foreign bodies to combat money laundering]]>
The law stipulates that aid, judicial reassignments and extradition of accused and convicted persons shall take place between Egypt and other countries in accordance with the rules established by bilateral or multilateral agreements, in which Egypt is a party.

Article 19 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act stipulates that the authorities inEgypt and foreign countries shall have the right to take the necessary legal measures to trace or freeze the funds of the convicts.

Article 20 of the law stipulates that the competent Egyptian judicial authorities may order the execution of the final criminal judgments issued by the competent foreign judicial authorities to confiscate the funds derived from money laundering crimes or their proceeds.

Bilateral or multilateral agreements, providing for control of the funds of convicted persons and distribution of such proceeds to the parties ofthe convention, may also be concluded in accordance with the convention.

In July 2019, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli said that Egypt has come a long way in fighting money laundering and terrorism financing via enacting laws and introducing supervisory and regulatory rules.

He added Egypt has set up measures to identify customers in the various financial institutions in line with international standards related to money laundering and terrorism financing that are defined by international organizations, topped by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units.

Speaking at an annual workshop, hosted by the Egyptian Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Combating Unit (EMLCU), on capacity building in the Middle East and Africa region, Madbouli said that money laundering and terrorism financing are the most serious threats to the stability of the global financial and economic systems.

He stressed the necessity of complying with international and domestic regulatory systems that constitute a powerful deterrent to any criminal elements and persons engaging in terrorist activities.

He further underlined the need to foster cooperation among all countries and stakeholders and competent national authorities in a way that helps strengthen Arab and African economies.

Egypt established the Egyptian Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Combating Unit in 2002 under the Anti-Money Laundering Law No. 80 of 2002. The unit’s job is to combat money laundering and terrorist financing activities in Egypt.

The unit aims to improve anti-money laundering/terrorist financing combating systems that have been implemented by financial institutions and others operating in Egypt. Their job is to prevent exploitation of the funds generated by criminal activities or the financing of terrorist activities. The unit's main function is to receive, analyze, and distribute the STRs received from financial institutions and non-financial businesses and professions.]]>
10/16/2019 2:32:19 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt keen to provide strong infrastructure for spurring investments]]>
Speaking at the opening of the fifth edition of “Egypt Can” conference, el Saeed added that the economic reform program was meant to regain investors' confidence and establish more partnerships with the private sector.

She went on to say that the state pays great attention to small and medium-sized enterprises, as they play a key role in securing decent jobs.

El Saaed noted that the state's administrative reform plan is aimed at raising the efficiency of institutions, while going ahead with the application of digital transformation, through encouraging the usage of e-payment methods and bringing about financial inclusion. ]]>
10/16/2019 12:57:20 PM
<![CDATA[Blood on his hands: 2020 Democrats slam Trump over Syria]]>
In the first Democratic presidential debate since Trump announced the withdrawal, the 12 candidates on the stage were united in painting the Republican president as reckless and a danger to American interests around the world.

But some, including leading progressive candidate Elizabeth Warren, said if they were president they would also seek to end the U.S. military presence in the Middle East.

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“I think that we ought to get out of the Middle East,” said Warren, a U.S. senator from Massachusetts. “I don’t think we should have troops in the Middle East.”

Warren, whose electoral platform is dominated by domestic policy fixes, did not say how she would differ from Trump in her handling of the Syria situation. But she slammed the president foreign policy approach as erratic.

“He has sucked up to dictators, he has made impulsive decisions that often his own team doesn’t understand,” Warren said. “He has cut and run on our allies, and he has enriched himself at the expense of the United States of America.”

Fellow progressive Bernie Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, criticized Trump for first signaling the withdrawal in a tweet.

“What he has done is wreck our ability to do foreign policy, to do military policy, because nobody in the world will believe this pathological liar,” he said.

ENDLESS WARS
Trump has defended his reversal of longstanding U.S. policy in Syria as part of a plan to withdraw the United States from “endless” wars in the region. But critics, including senior figures in his own Republican Party, cast it as a betrayal of the Kurds, loyal allies who lost thousands of fighters in battle against Islamic State.

The abrupt withdrawal from northern Syria cleared the way for a Turkish cross-border assault on Kurdish militia, forcing 160,000 people from their homes, according to the United Nations, and raising fears of a revival of Islamic militancy.

It also allowed President Bashar al-Assad and his ally, Russia, to push into territory held by the Kurds, giving them a foothold in the biggest remaining swathe of Syria that had been beyond their grasp through much of its eight-year-old war.

Trump has since ordered almost all troops pulled out of the country.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has touted his long experience in foreign policy as a key strength of his candidacy, said if he was president he would have protected the Kurds.

“It has been the most shameful thing that any president has done in modern history in terms of foreign policy,” he said.

He would send in “air cover” to protect American troops and make it clear they were not being pulled out, Biden said.

“Our commanders across the board, former and present, are ashamed of what’s happening here,” he said.

VETERANS
Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard took a different view. A veteran of the Iraq war, Gabbard has defined her campaign around ending America’s overseas conflicts, but has come in for criticism for meeting Assad and defending his regime.

“Donald Trump has the blood of the Kurds on his hand, but so do many of the politicians in our country from both parties who have supported this ongoing regime change war in Syria that started in 2011, along with many in the mainstream media who have been championing and cheerleading this regime change war,”

Gabbard was confronted by Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who served in the U.S. Navy Reserve in Afghanistan and who has urged Congress to repeal a law passed days after Sept. 11, 2001, that paved the way for the campaigns against al Qaeda and Taliban militants.

“The slaughter going on in Syria is not a consequence of American presence, it’s a consequence of a withdrawal and the betrayal by this president of American allies and American values,” said Buttigieg.

Brian Katulis, a senior fellow on national security at the Center for American Progress, a liberal thinktank in Washington, said the candidates were not offering a clear alternative to Trump when it came to tough foreign policy issues including how to deal with terrorism.

“Instead, we have a Democratic field that has leaned towards the slogans of ‘end endless wars’ without offering much clarity about what they would actually do as president.”]]>
10/16/2019 12:32:55 PM
<![CDATA[Shoukry stresses Syrians' right to self-defense against Turkish aggression]]>
This came during Shoukry’s speech in a lecture at The Foreign Policy and United Nations Association of Austria, which he attended upon the invitation of Wolfgang Schuessel, former federal chancellor of Austria.

The lecture was also attended by senior Austrian officials,directors of international organizations in Vienna and a number of ambassadors accredited to Austria, according to Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Hafez.

During the lecture, Minister Shoukry reviewed Egypt's vision of the main challenges facing the Middle East.He also pointed out that not interfering in the affairs of other countries and working to extend cooperation with all partners in the world come among the main pillars of the Egyptian policy.

Shoukry addressed the Libyan crisis and the need to reach a political solution to it.Additionally, he shed light on the Palestinian issue and the need to settle it on the basis of the two-state solution that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people and achieves security and stability in the region.

Moreover, the foreign minister addressed the issue of the Renaissance Dam and the latest developments of the tripartite negotiations that reached a dead end due to the Ethiopian position. In that regard, Shoukry stressed it is the international community's duty to ensure the success of the current negotiations to reach fair agreement on filling the dam's reservoir and its operating rules in accordance with the international law

The Foreign Policy and United Nations Association of Austriais a non-governmental organization established in 1945 and aims to raise awareness of Austrian public opinion on issues and challenges related to foreign policy and the United Nations.
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10/15/2019 5:05:52 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi orders publishing results of anti-corruption strategy]]>
The ACA report included the results of the first phase of the campaign over the period between 2014 and 2018 and the accomplishments achieved so far in the second phase for 2019/2022, the statement said.

One of the accomplishments is a comprehensive guide for 500 governmental services for the interest of citizens in their daily lives through the Egyptian government portal (www.egypt.gov.eg).

The strategy helped activate the Government Financial Management Information System (GFMIS), in accordance with the rules of financial inclusion and the principle of transparency. This is in addition to allowing entities to know their financial position rapidly and accurately to improve the efficiency of public administration.

The government also created an online portable (www.rateyourservices.gov.eg) to monitor and evaluate the governmental services. Moreover, five conferences were held to disseminate awareness of the threats of corruption , expanding the scale of organizations and bodies participating in the strategy to 104 from 84 entities.

On July 31, 2019, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi asserted his keenness to establish a full database for Egyptians to fight corruption and help citizens live easier lives. In a session on digitization on the second day of the seventh edition of the National Youth Conference in the New Administrative Capital, Sisi clarified that all personal data are being dealt with as strictly classified.

President Sisi has always asserted on applying strict measures within the government institutions to crack down on any violation. He hailed the role played by the ACA on different occasions.]]>
10/15/2019 2:56:21 PM
<![CDATA[Parliament to mull new amendments to Irrigation law]]>
“The new bill is one of the most important laws expected to be passed during the current session of the Parliament in order to preserve water resources [...] and increase the agricultural area,” said Chairman of the Parliament's Agriculture and Irrigation Committee Hisham al-Shinai in a statement on October 2.

As per the new amendments, all specifications that regulate water resources and irrigation will come under only one ministry to untangle all the negatives of the existing laws.

The new bill will toughen the punishment for encroachments on the Nile water. The amendments, which have been drafted by the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, label encroachment crime as a felony, which is punishable by prison, not as a misdemeanor.

The bill also adopts new mechanisms to deal properly with underground water and ensure the sustainability of the aquifer.

Egypt paid more attention to the water file amid its crisis with Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam, which poses threats on Egypt’s Nile water share. Both countries are at loggerhead over the $4-billion dam.

A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan has begun in 2014. One year later, the three countries reached an agreement, 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.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi affirmed on Oct. 12 Egypt’s water rights in the River Nile as the Renaissance Dam negotiations reached a dead end as a result of the Ethiopian side's rejection to all the proposals that take into account Egypt's water rights and interests.

“I have followed closely the tripartite meeting between the irrigation ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to discuss the file of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which has not resulted in any progress,” President Sisi said on his official Facebook page. ]]>
10/15/2019 1:57:35 PM
<![CDATA[Ethiopian dam is public opinion issue -- Expert]]>
Addressing the opening session of a conference on the dam, organized by the center, he added that this issue should be given its due priority.

The issue of the dam is a national security one which cannot be a subject to bargaining, he said, adding that its consequences will not stop at Egypt and Ethiopia alone but will also affect all peoples of the Nile Basin.

The issue will also affect stability and development not only in the whole Nile Basin region, but also in all Africa, he pointed out.

Since the start of the crisis, Egypt has adopted an approach of respect of other peoples' right to development and direct dialogue with the parties concerned within the framework of international law principles regulating the use of trans-border rivers, he confirmed.

On the other hand, the other party is adopting a policy of fait accompli in violation of the international law and the facts of geography and history, he pointed out.]]>
10/15/2019 1:31:18 PM
<![CDATA[Palestinian scholar: Terrorism biggest challenge facing Islamic nation]]>
Addressing an international conference on Fatwa here, he added that the terrorist Brotherhood Group and Daesh organisation have inculcated in the minds of young people warped ideas about religion which have nothing to do with religion in the first place.

He underlined in this regard the role of religious scholars in saving young people from the ignorance of these terrorist groups.]]>
10/15/2019 1:28:59 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Mufti: Egypt shoulders much responsibilities in view of historic, religious position]]>
Addressing the fifth international conference titled “Managing Juristic Differences: A Civilizational Approach" held under the auspices of President Abel Fattah El Sisi, Allam said the issue of this year's conference emanated from a real determination that is not limited to merely addressing intellectual and ethical issues related to juristic differences, but extends to an honest intention to utilize and manage juristic differences with insight and prudence.

The purpose is to render these differences an efficient instrument for promoting a system that allows Islamic jurisprudence and fatwa to contribute to the contemporary civilization on the levels of both the Islamic world and humanity in general, Allam added.

He highlighted efforts exerted by the General Secretariat for Fatwa Authorities Worldwide to counter the extremist thoughts and terrorism as well as launching programs that fight the extremists' ideologies which have become a rising threat in the present and future of the Islamic nation.

He also underlined the importance of handling differences in the Islamic jurisprudence in order to avoid utilizing such differences by the terrorist groups to defame Islam and deceive citizens under the name of religion.

Earlier in the day, the General Secretariat for Fatwa Authorities Worldwide launched the fifth international conference titled “Managing Juristic Differences: A Civilizational Approach”. The two-day conference, held under the auspices Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, is attended by leading delegates from 85 countries including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, Tunisia, Palestine, Oman, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Uzbekistan, Comoros, Burundi, Tanzania, Senegal, Malaysia, Thailand, United States, France, Russia, Greece, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Albania and other world countries.

A number of training and interactive workshops will be held on the margin of the conference sessions that will focus on mechanisms of treating Islamophobia issues, the announcement of the results of the Global Fatwa Index (GFI) and the Fatwa and Information Technology (IT).

The conference will unveil a number of initiatives and projects that serve Ifta’ research and enable researchers to manage juristic differences. Such initiatives include announcing the “Charter of Fatwa and Juristic Tolerance”, the international day of Ifta' and the Imam al-Qarafi Prize for distinction in Ifta'.]]>
10/15/2019 1:24:10 PM
<![CDATA[CPYP organizes 2nd "political Salon" gathering parties on Egypt’s interest]]>
The first edition of the salon was launched on the sidelines of the Arab and African Youth Forum in Aswan.

"The Coordination Committee of Party’s Youth Leaders and Politicians (CPYP) is keen on organizing political salon that gather all parties periodically for dialogue on country's issues of interest within the light of the committee's coordination to develop political life and provide solutions resulting from a real dialogue between different parties without discrimination," Haitham Elsheikh, Spokesman of CPYP stated on Monday.

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This political salon presents a discussion platform on many important issues of interest to different segments of Egyptian society, and they will have impact on the development of political life, giving parties an opportunity to present and discuss different views on its agenda, especially as the coordination includes young people from different political currents, And each party has good space to present its opinion.

The recommendations issued by the salon are carefully taken and the coordination committee will work through its various activities and participation, Elsheikh added.

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It gathered different political parties such as National Progressive Unionist Party, Egyptian Social Democratic Party, and Free Egyptian Party.

CPYP has just issued a statement commenting on Muslim Brotherhood's rumors on September 21, saying "The Egyptian nation has demonstrated its full awareness of the devious methods and the use of modern technology or the media of terrorism to falsify facts," read the statement.

In the below lines is the statement:

"The Coordination Committee of Party’s Youth Leaders and Politicians (CPYP) followed with great interest the events that took place yesterday, and listened well to all that has circulated, whether on the ground or exaggerated on social networking sites and Muslim Brotherhood channels inciting the Egyptian state.

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The Egyptian nation has demonstrated its full awareness of the devious methods and the use of modern technology or the media of terrorism to falsify facts.

While stressing that the expression of opinion by all peaceful means is an inherent constitutional right, CPYP also emphasizes the need for extreme attention and non-acceptance of the use of this freedom of expression by the terrorist Brotherhood to undermine the security and stability of the country.

The coordination also calls on the great masses of the Egyptian people to abide by peaceful and legal paths, and to pay attention to rumors or attempts of sabotage and destruction that these Brotherhood elements may seek.

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The coordination - as a youth entity for parties and politicians - is watching the political scene, and it stresses the need to immunize the Egyptian state from any destructive schemes or rumors tendentious to open more public space, and more freedom of opinion and expression, and to listen to all peaceful opinions, however different they may be in the framework of respect of Law and the Constitution, as long as it is far from achieving the objectives of obscurantist and terrorist groups.

In this context, the coordination, as a platform for dialogue between political forces, calls for a social dialogue on national issues, provided that this is within a legal and constitutional framework that is far from spreading rumors, promoting terrorist ideas or discriminating among citizens."
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10/15/2019 1:04:42 PM
<![CDATA[FM: Int'l community responsible for reaching fair agreement on GERD]]>
Shoukry was delivering a speech on Monday during a lecture titled "Foreign Policy of Egypt" at the Foreign Policy and United Nations Association of Austria (UNA-Austria) upon an invitation from Wolfgang Schüssel, the former Austrian chancellor, Foreign Ministry Spokesman said.

The foreign minister reviewed Egypt's vision on the major challenges faced by the Middle East region, clarifying that Egypt supports the peoples' aspirations within a framework of maintaining their countries' stability, security, and institutions.

Egypt's policy constants are based on non-interference in domestic affairs and cooperation with all partners worldwide, the top diplomat mentioned.

During the speech, Shoukry pointed out to several major issues, topped by the Syrian crisis and its developments, the latest of which the Turkish aggression on northeastern Syria.

In this score, the foreign minister stressed that Egypt firmly refuses such offensive and its negative impact on the political process, stressing that the Syrians have the right to self-defense.

He also talked about the Libyan crisis and the need to reach a political solution and settle the Palestinian cause through the two-state solution.

Senior Austrian officials and ambassadors attended the lecture.]]>
10/14/2019 9:10:55 PM
<![CDATA[Foreign Ministry expresses discontent to 3 states over GERD involvement]]>
The deputy minister pointed out that there are no studies that indicate the economic, social, and environmental impact of the prospective dam, and that the fact of not reaching an agreement on filling and operating the reservoir among the involved states is not a secret, a statement by the ministry indicated.

Louza underlined that Ethiopia is not abiding by either the Declaration of Principles signed in 2015 or the international rules. The deputy minister stressed that the international community must bear its responsibilities with regard to affirming Ethiopia’s commitment to not causing major harm to Egypt and pushing to reach an agreement that takes into consideration Egypt’s water interests.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced on Sunday that he had agreed with the Ethiopian prime minister to meet in Moscow and discuss the crisis in order to find a solution. Earlier this month, Egypt announced that deliberations of the technical committee had reached a deadlock as Ethiopia insists on filling the reservoir over three years while Egypt wants to extend the duration to seven years so as its water share does not sharply get reduced.

The Declaration of Principles stipulates that the reservoir must be filled and operated after reaching consensus with Egypt and Sudan, and that if negotiations fail, the mediation of a fourth state would be sought. Those two points out of ten in the Declaration of Principles were highlighted by President Sisi on Sunday while answering questions on the crisis after delivering a speech at the ceremony held to celebrate the 46th anniversary of Egypt’s victory in 6th of October War in 1973.

During his visit to New York to attend the 74th session United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 74), the president met with American influential figures to explain the crisis. Also, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shokry met on the sidelines with his South Sudanese and Burundi counterparts to express unease over the course of negotiations.

The current water share of Egypt is 55.5 cubic meters per annum; however, the country suffers from water poverty as the individual’s share is 500 cubic meters per annum given the population size that is 100 million. The water poverty line stands at 1,000 m3 per capita per year.

Ethiopia started the construction of the dam in 2011, diverted the flow of the Blue Nile in 2013, and was due to complete the project in 2017 but a delay has occurred and will last until 2022 because of funding issues.

The dam is designed to have a height of 475 feet, a length of 5,840 feet, and a capacity of 73 billion cubic meters of water. That is in addition to a hydroelectric plant with an installed capacity of 6,000 megawatts, as indicated by Britannica.
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10/14/2019 3:32:56 PM
<![CDATA[Abdel Aal attends meeting of IPU Advisory Group on Countering Terrorism]]>
The meeting comes within the framework of the meetings of the 141th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and related meetings currently being held in the Serbian capital of Belgrade.

During the meeting, Abdel Aal reviewed the outcome of the first regional conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the United Nations for the Middle East and North Africa, held in Luxor last February. The conference aimed at "exploring how parliaments can contribute to counter-terrorism efforts, and building a foundation for future activities in the region in this domain," according to the UN.

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In his speech, Abdel Aal noted that the Luxor conference has yielded many results, the foremost of which was the realization of an important fact that extremism needs a comprehensive treatment, based on tackling the ideological roots of takfiri thought causing terrorism.

Abdel Aal also affirmed the link between the spread of extremist ideology and the commission of actual terrorist acts.

He stressed that Egypt had realized this fact since it had started its fight against terrorism, adding that Egypt defends not only its security and that of the Middle East, but also the security of Europe and the whole world.

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Established in 2017, the High-Level Advisory Group on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism consists of parliament members who can help push the counter-terrorism joint program through having relevant experience.

"The Joint Programme will support work at the national, regional and international levels. It aims to facilitate the transposition of international resolutions and decisions into domestic legislation and promote regional parliamentary cooperation," according to the IPU.

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10/14/2019 1:27:18 PM
<![CDATA[Tunisian election gives few clues to shape of next government]]>
Sunday’s exit polls showed the moderate Islamist Ennahda as the largest party, but its modest projected vote share means it would need to bring many other parties into any workable coalition. Official results are not expected until Tuesday.

“The task will be very difficult and complicated to reach an agreement to form a government,” said Yamina Zoglami, a senior Ennahda official.

Several of Ennahda’s rivals have already said they will not join a government it leads, and Tunisians are confronting the prospect of protracted negotiations and the possibility of another election if no coalition can be agreed.

The parliamentary vote comes amid a separate presidential election in which one of the two candidates who advanced to next Sunday’s runoff vote is being held in detention on corruption charges, entailing a possible challenge to that result.

Eight years after ending autocratic rule, many Tunisians are disillusioned by the failure of repeated coalition governments to address economic problems and their rejection of major parties threatens a new period of upheaval.

If official results confirm Ennahda’s first place, it has two months to form a coalition. After that the president can ask a politician of his choice to try. If that also fails after two months, Tunisians will go back to the ballot box.

Next week’s presidential runoff pits Kais Saied, an independent, against Nabil Karoui, a media mogul detained on corruption charges that he denies. If he loses, he might appeal to overturn the result citing his detention.

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Speaking on Sunday night, another senior Ennahda official, Abdelkarim Haloumi, said he hoped a new parliamentary election could be avoided and that the party would attempt to build a coalition from among the parties opposed to corruption.

A governing coalition requires 109 seats in government. Ennahda’s vote share projected by the exit poll would translate into about 40 seats, the polling company Sigma Conseil said.

It and Karoui’s Heart of Tunisia, which exit polls projected as coming second with about 33 seats, had already ruled out going into coalition with each other before the election. A spokesman for Karoui repeated that after Sunday’s vote, calling it “a red line”.

Attayar, another party that appeared on course for more than a dozen seats in parliament, also said it would not enter government with Ennahda, with its leader Mohamed Abbou saying “we will be a responsible and serious opposition”.

However, the conservative Karama said it would be ready to enter coalition negotiations with Ennahda if asked.

Any political paralysis entails new risks for a fragile economy that has never really recovered from the shock of the 2011 revolution that ended decades of autocracy, introduced democracy and set off the “Arab spring”.

Urged on by the International Monetary Fund, Tunisia is trying to rein in a public debt that swelled as political leaders sought to buy goodwill with rampant state employment.

However, there is unemployment of 15% nationally and 30% in some cities, inflation remains high at 6.8%, and tourism is only this year recovering from two jihadist attacks in 2015 that caused many countries to warn off their citizens.

Economic pain has contributed to an anti-establishment mood among Tunisian voters, who punished the main parties in the first round of the presidential election last month.

Though exit polls showed Ennahda coming first on Sunday, its projected vote share of 17.5% represented a sharp decline from the last parliamentary election in 2014, when it had 27.5%.]]>
10/14/2019 11:56:40 AM
<![CDATA[‘We are a capable army’: Egypt's president on threats]]>
“Answering why we are buying weapons, you know that our state has never been an aggressor and has never sought to intervene in others’ affairs. Our army had to keep up with the developments that occurred over the past 20 years in the realm of arming. We achieved that [goal] but did not announce it to not convey a [unintended] message. We are a capable army. Our rank is so advanced,” the president said.

President Sisi announced that he had agreed with the Ethiopian prime minister to meet in Moscow “to discuss the matter and resolve it in a way or another.”

GERD Crisis

Responding to a question on whether the GERD crisis has reached a deadend or it will be resolved, the president explained: “We could have reached an agreement in 2011 but the events [January 25th Revolution] happened. We could have agreed on the requirements that serve the interests of both parties. It would not be a unilateral [decision]. The conclusion of the agreement would have been easy. If you are not prudent enough, the worse will come. Our army is strong and capable. In March 2015, there was a meeting with the former Sudanese and Ethiopian leaderships in khartoum and we agreed on a framework convention that is composed of 10 points. At present, you must be aware of two points of those. One is the mechanism of filling and operating the reservoir. We want such mechanism to not cause a TREMENDOUS harm to Egypt. The other point is selecting a mediator in case of failure to reach an agreement. The role of technical committees was determining the quantity of water held and the duration of reservoir filling. Over the past years, no agreement has been reached.”

The president addressed Egyptians saying, “Always, deal with the situation with calmness, balance, and wisdom. I followed responses on social media and found that people are overreacting. There are different ways to deal with each matter. The total amount of water available for us is not enough at present as that quantity was set when we were just 15 million. Now, we are hitting 100 million and we are increasing. As indicated by international standards and the United Nations, we are below the water poverty line as the annual water share per capita is 500 cubic meters. We set a plan in 2014 and we are accomplishing it. So far, the work accomplished is worth LE200 billion. The plan is about recycling water in three-phase treatment plants, and establishing desalination plants. Next year, the amount [spent on the execution of the plan] will rise by 70-80 billion. By 2037, the amount will be LE900 billion. Those projects are being built to secure the growth needs of our people and not to face the Ethiopian Dam crisis.”

The president added that desalination plants have been recently built in Alamein, Galala, Eatsern Port Said and Sokhna. The capacity of each is 150,000 cubic meters per day. He clarified that similar ones exist in North Sinai, South Sinai, Hurghada and Matrouh.

Regional Threats

A question was raised on the president’s perception of the Turkish offensive on Syria and its impact on Egypt’s national security. Another question was put forward by History Professor at Ain Shams University Gamal Gaafar wondering if Egypt has plans to face attempts to remap the region like what happened after ‘Sykes Picot Treaty’ and to face regional colonial ambitions like Turkey’s new Ottomanism, Iran’s Shiite Crescent, and “the embedment of Israel in the region.”

“If the region faces many challenges or developments, we can face them by applying two principles. First, we never intervene in other states to cause harm. Egypt, whenever it disagrees with another state, never launches negative operations. On the contrary, it finds a common ground to start a dialogue,” the president said highlighting that the other principle is the unity of the Egyptian people.

“Who did that to Syria? Its people [did]. All what is needed is just fueling the situation. That prompts me to mention the fourth generation of warfare...Your phone provides so many details about you, which are collected by giant computers that carry out segmentation. Each segment has its characteristics...Some sub-segments can be targeted to cause ‘ignition’ which leads to the masses moving bringing about the end of the country. The only thing you must insist on is not harming your state’s institutions starting from the presidency institution until the smallest institution. Resort to law and constitution, if there is something,” the president elaborated.

“Given the strength of our army, no one can intervene in our country. If anyone thinks about it,” President Sisi grinned. “When we talk about a plan that persists until 2037, that means we are taking good care of ourselves not just when it comes to the water matter but also when it comes to everything. What has been [recently] accomplished would have taken up to 20-30 years to finish. Only God knows [what I did] and only God will reward me. We achieved a miracle when it comes to electricity. We can export to Europe, Africa and Asia. We are doing electricity linkage with Cyprus, Greece, Sudan, Libya, and Jordan. We are ready to fulfill their needs without any impact on our plans. Who did this? It is you. We seek to cut Nile water [supply] to the entire North Coast and Red Sea [coasts] to substitute it with desalinated water. We have already finished that part of the plan,” the president stated.

“Challenges and threats will always exist all the time because this is the nature of humans…The plot is to make you damage your country doing the work [on their behalf]… The main recommendation is the unity and steadiness of Egyptians. Any other problem can be fixed. The real challenge that faces our region’s countries, including Egypt, is the unity of their peoples and not turning against their respective states. Fragmentation and chaos achieve to others a victory without combat. We can unconsciously destroy our country. We are mortal but our country will remain for generations to come,” the president asserted.

North Sinai

Vice-president of Sinai University Salah Salam, who originates from Sinai, asked when the Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018 against terrorism will conclude so as the displaced would return. Salam demanded that civilians who were killed in terror attacks are considered Armed Forces martyrs and that their families receive pensions worth the same value as families of soldiers. He also demanded that injured civilians receive medical treatment at Armed Forces hospitals as access to those establishments is granted merely to some patients after examining the conditions of all cases.

“The operation was due to last for three months. However, imposing full control upon Sinai is a long-term process that requires further cooperation from the side of Sinai dwellers. You used the term ‘displaced’ but we did not displace anybody. There were houses and farms that are so close to Gaza Strip and thousands of tunnels. To end that, we had to evacuate residents gradually a kilometer by kilometer. However, was that done without giving anything in return? [The answer is] no. We paid for each meter square of the lands and buildings so no one was displaced. That did not happen in 1967 when dwellers of Ismailiyah, Suez, and Port Said left to other governorates… Billions were paid [to not displace people]. We had to demolish the buildings and farms because that is the national security of 100 million. We are building other cities like New Rafah. We are establishing bedouin communities. There are 14 in South Sinai and 12 in North Sinai. Those communities are ready to be inhabited,” the president answered.

The head of state pointed out to an incident dating back to 2017 when “a plane carrying the ministers of defense and interior was targeted” in North Sinai stressing that “shall never be left untackled.” “The plane has to land in Sinai. The plane has to land in Arish,” the president stipulated.

“When I was in New York, no terror attacks occurred in Sinai at all in order to encourage people to move [against the state]. Once it [the attempt] failed, the terror operation took place on the same day [I arrived in Egypt]. Pay attention. They are the same,” the president warned.

“For the Sinai issue to end, there must be further efforts and cooperation. You know them and live among them. We do not ask you to face them. We know it’s not your role,” the president said hinting that North Sinai dwellers have to report the location of terrorists. He also underlined the state’s eagerness to develop the peninsula saying that “the amount of expenditure in the past five years in Sinai is unprecedented.”

“Families of civilian martyrs and the injured civilians receive pensions and compensations. I will check if it is possible to pay the same amount as that paid to soldiers and their families but I cannot make a promise now,” the president said.

War Anniversary

“The anniversary of 6th of October victory reminds us of many conclusions. The top of which are making sacrifices for our homeland, and working persistently and diligently to build it. I am confident that the mettle of Egyptian people has not changed… Another conclusion is working hard towards the goal despite obstacles,” the president said in his speech before the Q&A segment. The president affirmed he is positive that the Egyptian people will carry on with economic reforms that have been widely praised by international organizations.

“Those who do not have a national army and contemporary arms do not have security. That is why since I became minister of defense and later president, I have been eager to strengthen the capabilities of the Armed Forces as Egypt is a core country in a troubled sphere. There is no security or stability for this region without Egypt. That, who targets Egypt, wants the entire region to collapse and not just our state. Let’s work together to build a modern and contemporary state that possesses the factors of development and prosperity,” the president added.

“The development of human civilization expanded to include the concept of modern war, which consists of the concept of asymmetric warfare that is about information warfare and misleading propaganda… We should be cautious as the mechanisms implemented are disguised as calls for achieving the interest of the homeland but in reality they are evil schemes to harm Egypt and its people. Those mechanisms mainly aim for mistrust between the people and state institutions. We achieved victory in the glorious 6th of October War when we transcended limited resources for the sake of the noble objective and surpassed the machinations of haters and the schadenfreude of enemies,” the president warned.

“Always make the interest of the homeland your ultimate goal and set the suitable environment for its growth. Do not give attention to doubtness and disappointment calls that are driven by personal interests and narrow targets,” the president recommended. The chief of state stressed the importance of awareness “to build a state that prioritizes citizenship and to raise the country to the status it deserves among nations.” President Sisi asserted that building “the awareness of young generations is the responsibility of family, media, and society so they would be prepared to face challenges.”
Commenting on demands to improve services and the living conditions of people, the president pointed out that people must be aware of what is possible and what is not. He said he was asked to give in-kind subsidies worth LE1,000 to each individual but that is impossible because granting a LE10 raise for each individual would cost the budget LE8.5 billion. As for civil services, the president said the state is working on digitizing procedures in order to minimize human intervention.
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10/13/2019 8:06:53 PM
<![CDATA[Turkish aggression on Syria asserts importance of Sisi’s call for unified Arab stance: Bahraini FM]]>
Khalifa’s speech came during his interview with the Kuwaiti newspaper Annahar. Khalifa hailed the move taken by several Arab countries after Turkey started its offensive against Syria.

Khalifa pointed out that the Arab League’s statement issued on Saturday after the Arab foreign ministers' meeting in Cairo sent a clear message to Turkey that its aggression on Syria is fully rejected,calling on the UNto take action to stop it.

In the same context, the minister condemned the Turkish aggression against Syria, stressing that it violates the sovereignty of an Arab country, and exploits itspolitical turmoil and its suffering.

For the Iraqi situation, Khalifa asserted that Bahrain does not interfere in other countries' affairs and the Bahraini government hopesstability is established in Iraq.

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10/13/2019 3:51:53 PM
<![CDATA[House speaker asserts Egypt's full support to Algeria during transition period]]>
He praised Algerian people's determination to observe a smooth transition period that guarantees meeting their aspirations and maintaining the stability of the country.

The Egyptian parliament speaker made the remarks during his meeting with Speaker of the Algerian People's National Assembly Slimane Chenine on the sidelines of the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, currently taking place in the Serbian capital of Belgrade.

The unfolding events in Algeria are deemed internal affairs utterly respected by Egypt, Abdel Aal said. He, also, welcomed holding presidential elections in the north African country in December.

Abdel Aal asserted the eagerness of both countries to develop their bilateral relations at the political, economic, cultural and tourism levels along with removing all obstacles hindering trade ties.

He further reviewed Egypt's vision regarding developments taking place in the Arab and African regions.

Abdel Aal, meanwhile, underlined the importance of intensifying coordination between the two countries regarding regional and international issues of mutual concern, namely fighting terrorism and extremism in the region.

Speaker Chenine, for his part, appreciated the meeting and heaped praise on the level of coordination between the two countries at various levels, especially the parliamentary one.]]>
10/13/2019 1:42:45 PM
<![CDATA[Businessman condemns Qatar's arrest of Egyptians working for Al-Jazeera]]>
Two Egyptians who have been working for state-funded Al-Jazeera network were arrested, according to Egyptian reports, as they were allegedly funded by Abu Hashima to help establish an Egyptian platform that is alternative to beIN Sports.

The accused Egyptians include Ali Salem, a director for the technical sector in beIN sports, which is a subsidiary of Al-Jazeera media network, and Waleed Abdel Aziz.

Abu Hashima, in an interview with TV presenter Amr Adib on Saturday, said 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.

Abu Hashima called Engineer Ali Salem as one of the "most prominent Egyptian cadres," who was asked by the Egyptian TV to participate in the establishment of the sports channel linked to Al-Jazeera, saying that over 16 years of work, he became one of the most important cadres in the station.

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.

"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."]]>
10/13/2019 1:29:05 PM
<![CDATA[Turkish invasion in Syria likely to resurrect terrorist organizations: Italian newspapers]]>
Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera said on Sunday that Erdogan insists on killing Syria civilians and that the Turkish military invasion has already resulted in the killing of tens of Syrians.

The newspaper further said that despite Erdogan remarks that the aim is to fight terrorist organizations, this invasion is likely to resurrect terrorist organizations in the region.

The U.S. military has provided training, weaponry and assistance to the Kurdish forces to fight the ISIS until its latest enclave was finally brought down, however, with the Turkish invasion, Kurdish fighters have ceased operations against remnants of the terrorist organization.

“Those of us who go from prison to fighting to the front are not replaced. We have a shortage in staff, furthermore, ISIS sleeper cells are taking part of this invasion against us,” a Kurdish fighter told the newspaper.

The newspaper also reported news about the Arab League condemning the intervention and evaluating the hypothesis of sanctions against Turkey for the offensive in northern Syria.

Turkish forces targeted areas around two Syrian border towns with fresh shelling on Sunday, pressing on with their offensive against Kurdish militia for a fifth day in the face of fierce international opposition.

More and more displaced people were arriving at centers, and more than 400,000 were affected by a loss of running water supplies including 82,000 residents of two refugee camps in the region.

Turkish invasion displaces over 130,000 civilians, escalates humanitarian situation in Syria

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10/13/2019 1:26:00 PM
<![CDATA[Turkish invasion displaces 130K, escalates humanitarian situation in Syria]]>
U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew military personnel from embedded positions with the Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the border with Turkey, setting the stage for Ankara’s invasion last Wednesday.

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At a rally on Saturday, Trump said the U.S. cannot fight "endless wars" and announced the it has sent $50m in emergency aid for Syria to support Christians and other religious minorities there.

According to political and security experts, this step by Turkey would only benefit the schemes and interests of the Turkish regime and the terrorist Islamic State (ISIS) organization.

The U.S. military has provided training, weaponry and assistance to the Kurdish forces to fight the ISIS until its latest enclave was finally brought down, however, with the Turkish invasion, Kurdish fighters have ceased operations against remnants of the terrorist organization.

OCHA and other relief agencies estimated that up to 400,000 civilians in the Syrian conflict zone might require aid and protection in the coming period.

Turkish forces targeted areas around two Syrian border towns with fresh shelling on Sunday, pressing on with their offensive against Kurdish militia for a fifth day in the face of fierce international opposition.

More and more displaced people were arriving at centers, and more than 400,000 were affected by a loss of running water supplies including 82,000 residents of two refugee camps in the region, OCHA said.

Turkey said it plans to continue the offensive for a further nine days, despite that Turkish media already reported that at least 20 civilians have been killed in cross-border bombardment, not to mention tens others in the country.

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OCHA also said that a trauma stabilization south of Ras al Ain, set up to treat wounded from the conflict’s front lines, was reported to have come under attack. There was no immediate confirmation of the report.

Hospitals in the most impacted areas have been forced to close and those that remain open are becoming overwhelmed.

According to reports and observers, the humanitarian situation has escalated dramatically since Turkey launched the offensive, but the International Rescue Committee warned it could get "direr" as Turkey advances further into the region.]]>
10/13/2019 12:36:52 PM
<![CDATA[Arab League blames Turkey for possible return of terror organizations]]>
The statement called upon the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to fulfill its duty with regard to the Turkish aggression against Syria. The Arab foreign ministers also agreed to consider severing diplomatic and economic ties with Turkey, including tourism and cultural activities, and halting military cooperation with it.

Qatar and Somalia expressed reservations upon the statement that described the Turkish offensive as a breach of the UNSC 2254 resolution, which was adopted in December 2015 and calls for a ceasefire and a political settlement in Syria.

The statement affirmed total rejection of any Turkish attempts to impose demographic changes in Syria by using force under the pretext of creating a “buffer zone” as such an act would be a breach of international law and a war crime against humanity.

The Arab League will contact the UN secretary general to transmit the content of the statement to all member states in the form of an official document. The league will also examine with the United Nations the possibility of organizing a visit by an Arab ministerial delegation to the UNSC to follow up on the matter and work on stopping the aggression.

“Turkish interference in Arab countries” has been introduced as a permanent item on the agendas of all future ministerial meetings and a committee will be formed to follow-up on that measure.

Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Abou El Gheit said in his speech at the meeting that the league condemns the Turkish aggression on Syria and that Turkey seeks to alter the ethnic nature of the attacked area.

Abou El Gheit added that Syria’s security is part of the Arab World’s national security urging Turkey to stop its military operations and withdraw its forces from Syrian territories. Abou El Gheit also expressed the league’s rejection of Turkey’s use of refugees to lobby the international community.

The Arab League’s secretary general accused Turkey of attempting to occupy Syrian territories. He urged the UNSC to intervene and stressed the necessity to reach an international agreement that condemns and stops the Turkish aggression on Syria. Abou El Gheit pointed out that nearly 300,000 citizens have been displaced as a consequence expressing worries of ethnic cleansing.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry asserted that Turkey must be held accountable for any repercussions that ensue from its aggression on Syrian territories urging the international community to bear its responsibilities with regard to that assault.

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Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry in the Arab League emergency meeting on Turkey’s aggression against Syria in Cairo, Egypt. October 12, 2019. Egypt Today

Shokry added that it is the right of all Syrians to defend themselves against the offensive that breaches all relevant international laws stressing that Egypt will be among the first states to support Arab efforts in the face of that aggression and hold liable its perpetrators.

Shokry said that halting the assault on Syria is an international condition to start UN-backed negotiations aimed at settling the Syrian crisis backed. He added that the offensive is an unacceptable occupation of an Arab state.

The minister added that Turkey has started a new chapter of blatant assault on Syria’s sovereignty, which is a founding member of the Arab League. He said that Turkey exploits the harsh conditions of Syria in order to reinstate a reign that went obsolete and overcome an internal crisis.

Shokry described Turkey’s claims of combatting terrorism Northern Syria as both ironic and astonishing explaining that Turkey has been backing terror groups as it directly supports entities and individuals that are involved in terrorism and plays a role in facilitating the transportation of terrorist militants into Arab states.

The foreign minister added that Turkish claims are just attempts to conceal those facts, and that Arab people look forward to a strong Arab stance that rejects the aggression and to measures that ensure the territorial integrity of Syria, the protection of its people and the alleviation of their suffering.

On Wednesday, Turkey launched an offensive Northern Syria after the withdrawal of the U.S. forces leaving their former ally, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in a deadly confrontation. The Kurdish forces hold 11,000 Islamic State (IS) militants, who were captured in different operations. However, there is a risk they may flee amid the offensive while the SDF are fending for themselves, trying to repulse multiple ground attacks along a roughly 120-kilometre (75-mile) stretch of the border.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced on Saturday that four civilians were killed in Tal Abyad when an airstrike hit the car in which they were fleeing the fighting, while another three were shot dead by snipers around the border town.

That brings the civilian death toll to 17 on the Syrian side, while 17 have also been killed in Turkey.

According to the monitor, 54 SDF fighters have also been killed while Turkey has reported the deaths of four soldiers.

Ras al-Ain, Tal Abyad and other border towns between them have been almost emptied in a huge wave of displacement.

Most of those fleeing were heading east towards the city of Hasakeh, which has not been targeted by Turkey.

Additional reporting by AFP
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10/12/2019 6:47:38 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Bahrain discuss developments of Turkish offensive into Syria]]>
The two ministers tackled the consequences of such a serious move on the Syrian unity and the path of the country's political process, in line with UN Security Council resolution no. 2254.

The meeting was held before the emergency Arab League meeting, at the ministerial level to address the Turkish incursion into northern Syria.

According to a statement issued by Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Hafez, the meeting took up ways of maintaining Syria's sovereignty, unity of its people and lands.

Earlier, Shoukry held at Tahrir palace a consultative meeting grouping the foreign ministers of Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Jordan to discuss the Turkish offensive into Syria.

Separately, the foreign minister conferred with a delegation of the Syrian Democratic Council.]]>
10/12/2019 12:29:34 PM
<![CDATA[Electoral silence starts in Tunisia ahead of presidential election runoff]]>
The runoff will be between professor of constitutional law Kais Said and businessman Nabil Karoui.

Tunisian expatriates continue casting their ballots in the election runoff for the second day.

All activities of electoral propaganda are prohibited throughout the electoral silence phase.]]>
10/12/2019 12:04:06 PM
<![CDATA[Tunisian embassy in Cairo receives voters for presidential elections]]>
In an interview with Egypt Today, Abdel Wahab al-Raisi, coordinator of Tunisia's Independent High Electoral Commission in Egypt said the second round abroad extends for three days and ends on Sunday (Oct. 13), while the elections within Tunisia will be held on Sunday for one day only.

There are two polling stations in Egypt for the Tunisian elections in both Cairo and Alexandria, Raisi said, adding that the Cairo polling station has received the largest number of voters.

The Tunisian embassy had finished all preparations for the second round, and continues to receive voters over the three days allocated for voting abroad, starting From 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, according to local time of each country, in 49 countries.

Raisi called on the Tunisian community to participate in the second round of voting, noting that the turnout indicated high participation of women in the first round of the elections.

In the first round, Kais Saied gained 18.4 percent of the vote, followed by then-imprisoned Karoui who gained 15.6 percent of the votes, as announced by the Independent High Electoral Commision.]]>
10/11/2019 1:39:05 PM
<![CDATA[EU member states of UNSC call on Turkey to stop attacking Syria]]>
“We are deeply concerned by the Turkish military operation in north-east Syria. We call upon Turkey to cease the unilateral military action as we do not believe it will address Turkey’s underlying security concerns.” said Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations Jürgen Schulz on behalf of EU six countries in the security Council after a closed door meeting on Syria.

In a press briefing in United Nation accompanied by representatives of the UK, France, Belgium, Poland and Estonia, Schulz declared that renewed armed hostilities in the north-east will further undermine the stability of the whole region, exacerbate civilian suffering and provoke further displacements which will increase the number of refugees and Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Syria and in the region.

“Unilateral military action on Turkey’s part threatens the progress achieved by the Global Coalition against Da'esh. It will undermine the security of the Coalition’s local partners, including the Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF], and risks protracted instability in north-east Syria, providing fertile ground for the resurgence of Da’esh, which remains a significant threat to regional, international and European security.” He added.

He said that the so-called ‘safe zone’ in northeastern Syria as envisaged by Turkey is unlikely would satisfy international criteria for refugee return as laid down by UNHCR. “We maintain our position that refugee and IDP returns to their places of origin must be safe, voluntary and dignified when conditions allow.”



“Any attempt at demographic change would be unacceptable. We want to be clear that the EU will not provide stabilization or development assistance in areas where the rights of local populations are ignored,” the German representative warned.

Schulz mentioned that Turkey is a key partner of the European Union, a NATO ally and a member of the Global Coalition against Da'esh and is a critically important actor in the Syrian crisis and the region. Europe recognizes its important role as a host country of Syrian refugees.

“We continue to urge all parties to ensure the protection of civilians and unhindered, safe and sustainable humanitarian access throughout Syria,” he said

Schulz also asserted that Europe committed to the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria. “We reaffirm that a sustainable solution to the Syrian conflict cannot be achieved militarily but only through a genuine political transition in line with UNSCR 2254 and the 2012 Geneva Communique, negotiated by the Syrian parties within the UN-led Geneva process. This process should not be undermined by any party,” he said.

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10/11/2019 1:27:09 PM
<![CDATA[Turkey's invasion of Syria slap to int'l law, key to ISIS cells]]>
Speaking at an AK Party Provincial meeting, Erdogan said that this issue has been on his agenda for a while.

He has ordered his military into northeast Syria in a bid to create a demographic change through cleansing an area of 30-40km deep into Syria of its Kurdish local inhabitants, men, women and children.

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Egypt, France, Britain, Germany, and most Arab countries, lashed out at Erdogan.

US Senator Lindsay Graham has said he is leading a bipartisan effort to impose “severe sanctions against Turkey for their invasion.”

Graham and Sen. Chris Van Hollen released a sanctions bill that would target the U.S. assets of Erdogan and other top Turkish officials, sanction international military transactions to Turkey, restrict Turkish officials' visas to the United States, and prohibit most U.S. military assistance to Turkey.

“Most members of Congress believe it would be wrong to abandon the Kurds, who have been strong allies against ISIS,” Graham said.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has issued a statement, together with the Greek and Cypriot leaders, condemning the "illegal and illegitimate Turkish military operation in Syria,” and warning against any Turkish attempts to undermine the territorial integrity of Syria.

The Egyptian leader has prevented the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood, which has deep links with the Turkish regime, from driving the country into the brink of destruction and terrorist groups, which are being supported by the Turkish regime, from expanding.

Erdogan has been meddling in the affairs of Arab countries such as Libya, Yemen and Syria, not to mention undermining the sovereignty of countries like Iraq, as he long began an operation to hit Kurdish targets in Iraqi territory.

Furthermore, according to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, the aim is to establish permanent military bases in north-east Syria, a copy-and-paste job from Turkish permanent bases in northern Iraq.

According to the Independent, “in his bid to hinder the Kurds’ efforts to create an autonomous entity on Turkey’s borders, a plan which has Iran and Russia’s blessing for now, Erdogan’s aim is to instead build some kind of “Turkish autonomy” on Syrian soil.”

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According to political and security experts, eliminating the Kurds is like giving Turkey the key to ISIS prison cell.

A senior Kurdish official has warned that ISIS terrorists could break out of prisons in northeast Syria as fighting intensifies between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Turkey.

Badran Jia Kurd told Egypt Today in an interview that the Turkish invasion in Turkey only serves the interests of Ankara, Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist organizations.

“The Turkish project is a settlement, occupation and expansion project in the region,” he added.

According to Kurd, this offensive will reduce and weaken the guarding system for ISIS militants in the prisons, “which could lead to their escape or to behaviors that may get out of the control of the security forces.”

“The number of forces guarding the prisons is reduced the more the battles intensify. This poses a grave danger,” he told Reuters in an interview.

The SDF holds thousands of ISIS fighters in prisons and tens of thousands of their relatives in camps.. With the Kurdish YPG militia at its forefront, the SDF defeated jihadists in swathes of north and east Syria with U.S. help including ground forces and air power.


In his interview with Egypt Today, Badran Jia Kurd answered several questions regarding the Turkish invasion in Syria;

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- Why do you think Erdogan launched this military operation in Syria?

This Turkish invasion has several purposes that only serve the Turkish and political Islamist interests, not to mention supporting extremist and terrorist groups. As you can see, there is a clear Arab rejection against this invasion, and there are not supporting bodies behind the invasion, therefore, this means that it only serves extremism, terrorism and the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Turkish regime wants to revive and revive the extremist groups that were eliminated by the SDF in March, it is trying to reproduce these organizations and use them in the Syrian scene to strengthen the influence of his country, which weakened after the fall of a number of Syrian cities, including Aleppo, Daraa and Ghouta.

- Did the SDF withdraw? Or will they resist?

Our forces did not withdraw and are still in position. We have managed to defend many land assaults by the Turkish army, mercenaries and terrorists, and they were forced to withdraw. We will keep resisting and fighting, and this is our decision, our forces will sacrifice everything to protect the residents of these areas against the Turkish invasion.

- What is your message to the international community and the Arab League after the violent assault by Turkey?

We appreciate the stand of countries that support us and reject the Turkish invasion, however, we want the international community to translate condemnations into actions and not to stand silent before the fascist Turkish state that seeks to destroy what remains of Syria. And we ask the Arab League to intervene and put a stop to this Turkish aggression.

- Do you contact the government in Damascus to repel the Turkish aggression?

We are in contact with Damascus to coordinate in repelling the Turkish aggression and attack because we consider ourselves part of Syria despite the outstanding political differences.

- Why do you think Erdogan targeted prisons that hold ISIS terrorists? And what are the dangers of the Turkish invasion?

The Turkish artillery targeted prisons where the most dangerous ISIS terrorists are located. The shelling was intended to create a distraction and disrupt the security system in these prisons, to help the terrorists escape.

- How serious is the Turkish aggression against Syria on the security and stability of the region?

Any Turkish aggression against the region is a destabilization of the region's security and stability, and chaos will spread in the areas adjacent to Syria, because chaos can not be confined to one region, especially the areas that have defeated terrorism. This will definitely bring serious chaos to the region.]]>
10/10/2019 6:46:56 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi: Turkish offensive is aggression against Syria's sovereignty ]]>
President Sisi's comments were made during his meeting with Jordanian monarch Abdullah II in Cairo, saying that the Turkish offensive against Syria contradicts with the international laws and legitimacy, Radi added.

The Egyptian president warned of the negative repercussions of the offensive against Syria's sovereignty, the Syrian political process, and against the whole region stability and security.

Both leaders tackled other international and regional issues of mutual concerns, besides the bilateral relations, Radi continued.
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President Abdel Fattah El Sisi (R) during his meeting with Jordanian monarch King Abdullah II in Cairo on Thursday, October 10,2019- press photo


Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Wednesday condemned the Turkish attacks in Syria, referring to Egypt's warning of Turkey's expansionist behavior in Syria in several international forums attended by the Egyptian president.

Turkey has launched a military offensive against Kurds in northeastern Syria on Wednesday - a step that was slammed by the US, Arab states and many Western nations.

According to the Syrian observatory, 60,000 civilians have displaced northeastern Syrian since the beginning of the offensive. Several civilians, including children, were killed, according to the Syrian Democratic Forces, the armed affiliate to People's Protection Units (YPG).

In a telephone interview with TV program "Yahdoth fi Misr," translated as "Happening in Egypt," Shoukry denounced the Turkish step as clear and flagrant violation of the decisions of legitimacy and international law, adding that the Turkish regime should consider its position concerning Syria amid international condemnation.

The Turkish aggression in Syria has no justification and is a violation of the sovereignty of Syria, Shoukry said, noting that the latest incidents affirm the validity of the Egyptian vision against the expansionist desire of the Turkish regime.


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10/10/2019 4:16:28 PM
<![CDATA[SDF thanks Egypt, states backing Syrians against Turkish attacks]]>
Turkey has launched a military offensive against Kurds in northeastern Syria on Wednesday - a step that was slammed by the US, Arab states and many Western nations.




Egypt's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday affirmed the country's strong condemnation of the Turkish aggression against the Syrian territory and Syria's sovereignty.

The ministry, in a statement, called for an emergency meeting of the League of Arab States to discuss these developments and review ways to preserve Syria's sovereignty and the unity of its people and territorial integrity.

The ministry called the Turkish attacks "blatant" and "unacceptable," and denounced violations against the sovereignty of a brotherly Arab state, "while taking advantage of the circumstances and the current developments it experiences, and in contravention of the rules of international law."

The statement highlighted the responsibility of the international community, represented by the Security Council, towards addressing this "extremely dangerous development that threatens international peace and security."]]>
10/10/2019 2:02:41 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt: Turkish attacks on Syria flagrant violation of international law]]>
Turkey has launched a military offensive against Kurds in northeastern Syria on Wednesday - a step that was slammed by the US, Arab states and many Western nations.

In a telephone interview with TV program "Yahdoth fi Misr," translated as "Happening in Egypt," Shoukry denounced the Turkish step as clear and flagrant violation of the decisions of legitimacy and international law, adding that the Turkish regime should consider its position concerning Syria amid international condemnation.

The Turkish aggression in Syria has no justification and is a violation of the sovereignty of Syria, Shoukry said, noting that the latest incidents affirm the validity of the Egyptian vision against the expansionist desire of the Turkish regime.

Egypt's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday affirmed the country's strong condemnation of the Turkish aggression against the Syrian territory and Syria's sovereignty.

The ministry, in a statement, called for an emergency meeting of the League of Arab States to discuss these developments and review ways to preserve Syria's sovereignty and the unity of its people and territorial integrity.

The ministry called the Turkish attacks "blatant" and "unacceptable," and denounced violations against the sovereignty of a brotherly Arab state, "while taking advantage of the circumstances and the current developments it experiences, and in contravention of the rules of international law."

The statement highlighted the responsibility of the international community, represented by the Security Council, towards addressing this "extremely dangerous development that threatens international peace and security."
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10/10/2019 11:56:24 AM
<![CDATA[Europeans call for emergency session in Security Council on Turkish aggression in Syria]]>
Amid concerns about humanitarian consequences, no condemnation statement to the Turkish military offensive in northern Syria from United Nations has been issued.

During daily noon briefing at UN headquarter in New York, on Wednesday, the deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq for the General secretary, avoided the attack until journalists started to ask him about the UN response.

“UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is very concerned by developments in northern Syria and called for civilians to be protected in accordance with international law," Haq told reporters repeating the same statement of Tuesday.

"As the Security Council reaffirmed yesterday in its presidential statement, any solution must respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria,” he added.

On Tuesday, spokesperson Stephan Dujarric, talked about humanitarian concerns in case of military attack. “They (UN humanitarian team in Syria) are planning for the worst, as humanitarians tend to do and as they need to do. prepares for worst”, he said.]]>
10/10/2019 11:24:26 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian, Iraqi leaders back Arab action against Turkish 'aggression': Spox]]>
Turkey has launched a military offensive against Kurds in northeastern Syria on Wednesday - a step that was slammed by the US, Arab states and many Western nations.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his Iraqi counterpart, Barham Salih, discussed the region's situation in light of recent developments in Syria and the Turkish "aggression" against the Arab state's sovereignty, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.

The Turkish step represents a serious escalation that threatens international peace and security and exacerbates the crises in the region, Radi said, adding that it also affects Syria's unity and territorial integrity as well as the course of its political process in accordance with relevant Security Council resolutions.

Egypt's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday affirmed the country's strong condemnation of the Turkish aggression against the Syrian territory and Syria's sovereignty.

The ministry, in a statement, called for an emergency meeting of the League of Arab States to discuss these developments and review ways to preserve Syria's sovereignty and the unity of its people and territorial integrity.

The ministry called the Turkish attacks "blatant" and "unacceptable," and denounced violations against the sovereignty of a brotherly Arab state, "while taking advantage of the circumstances and the current developments it experiences, and in contravention of the rules of international law."

The statement highlighted the responsibility of the international community, represented by the Security Council, towards addressing this "extremely dangerous development that threatens international peace and security."

The ministry called on the Security Council also to stop any efforts that aim at occupying the Syrian territory and attempts to make demographic changes in northeastern Syria.

The statement warned of the repercussions of the Turkish move on the unity and territorial integrity of Syria or the course of the political process in the Arab state in accordance with Security Council Resolution no. 2254.]]>
10/10/2019 11:19:57 AM
<![CDATA[Muslim Brotherhood unthinkingly supports Erdogan: Turkish opposition figure]]>
In an interview with Egypt Today, Turgutoğlu said that the Muslim Brotherhood group, designated by the Egyptian state since 2013 as a terrorist organization, should have defended the Arab territories instead of Turkey.

"The [Muslim] Brotherhood are with (supporting) Erdogan in everything, even if he [announced] antagonizing Islam, they will be the first to support it," Turgutoğlu asserted.

Turgutoğlu said that no Muslim Brotherhood member will ever openly criticize the Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria.

Many major countries condemned the Turkish attacks on Syrian territory, warning of the consequences, including the United States, Russia and many European countries.

Egypt's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday affirmed the country's strong condemnation of the Turkish aggression against the Syrian territory and Syria's sovereignty.

The ministry, in a statement, called for an emergency meeting of the League of Arab States to discuss these developments and review ways to preserve Syria's sovereignty and the unity of its people and territorial integrity.

The ministry called the Turkish attacks "blatant" and "unacceptable," and denounced violations against the sovereignty of a brotherly Arab state, "while taking advantage of the circumstances and the current developments it experiences, and in contravention of the rules of international law."

The statement highlighted the responsibility of the international community, represented by the Security Council, towards addressing this "extremely dangerous development that threatens international peace and security."

The ministry called on the Security Council also to stop any efforts that aim at occupying the Syrian territory and attempts to make demographic changes in northeastern Syria.

The statement warned of the repercussions of the Turkish move on the unity and territorial integrity of Syria or the course of the political process in the Arab state in accordance with Security Council Resolution no. 2254.
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10/9/2019 10:31:11 PM
<![CDATA[SDF lauds Egypt's stance against Turkish attacks on Syria]]>
In an interview with Egypt Today, Bali appreciated the Egyptian call, expressing hope that the Arab countries and the AL will assume their responsibility towards the Syrian people and help stop the aggression carried out by the Turkish forces on the Syrian territory.

The SDF troops did not withdraw from its positions and would clash with the Turkish army if it started a ground attack on the cities of northern and eastern Syria, Bali said.

Egypt's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday affirmed the country's strong condemnation of the Turkish aggression against the Syrian territory and Syria's sovereignty.

The ministry, in a statement, called for an emergency meeting of the League of Arab States to discuss these developments and review ways to preserve Syria's sovereignty and the unity of its people and territorial integrity.

The ministry called the Turkish attacks "blatant" and "unacceptable," and denounced violations against the sovereignty of a brotherly Arab state, "while taking advantage of the circumstances and the current developments it experiences, and in contravention of the rules of international law."

The statement highlighted the responsibility of the international community, represented by the Security Council, towards addressing this "extremely dangerous development that threatens international peace and security."

The ministry called on the Security Council also to stop any efforts that aim at occupying the Syrian territory and attempts to make demographic changes in northeastern Syria.

The statement warned of the repercussions of the Turkish move on the unity and territorial integrity of Syria or the course of the political process in the Arab state in accordance with Security Council Resolution no. 2254.

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10/9/2019 10:06:35 PM
<![CDATA[Pro-Muslim Brotherhood Media Defends Turkish 'Aggression' Against Syria]]>
Defending the Turkish regime while apparently violating the Syrian sovereignty can be endorsing a probability that these channels are funded by Ankara to follow a Muslim Brotherhood agenda.

A TV presenter on Turkey-based Mekameleen TV appeared reading the news about the start of the Turkish offensive, allegedly against "terrorist factions" in Syria "under the name of Peace Spring."

He added that he thinks that this offensive aims for "defending the [Turkish] territory and the Turkish citizens who have been assaulted by the IS (Islamic State) and the PKK."

At the same time, the news of the Turkish aggression against Syria reportedly disappeared from the newscasts of some other channels known for supporting the Muslim Brotherhood group, designated by many states as terrorist.

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Egyptian stance

Egypt's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday affirmed the country's strong condemnation of the Turkish aggression against the Syrian territory and Syria's sovereignty.

The ministry, in a statement, called for an emergency meeting of the League of Arab States to discuss these developments and review ways to preserve Syria's sovereignty and the unity of its people and territorial integrity.

The ministry called the Turkish attacks "blatant" and "unacceptable," and denounced violations against the sovereignty of a brotherly Arab state, "while taking advantage of the circumstances and the current developments it experiences, and in contravention of the rules of international law."

The statement highlighted the responsibility of the international community, represented by the Security Council, towards addressing this "extremely dangerous development that threatens international peace and security."

The ministry called on the Security Council also to stop any efforts that aim at occupying the Syrian territory and attempts to make demographic changes in northeastern Syria.

The statement warned of the repercussions of the Turkish move on the unity and territorial integrity of Syria or the course of the political process in the Arab state in accordance with Security Council Resolution no. 2254.

Arab League

Arab League (AL) Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit expressed deep concern over Turkish plans for conducting an imminent military operation in the Syrian territories.

In a press statement on Wednesday, an official source in the AL general secretariat described the planned Turkish offensive as a blatant violation against Syrian sovereignty and a serious threat to Syria's territorial integrity.

He warned that a Turkish military incursion would worsen the already fragile Syrian security and humanitarian conditions and give Daesh terrorist group the opportunity to restore part of its lost strength in the conflict-hit Arab country.]]>
10/9/2019 9:12:00 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt condemns Turkish aggression against Syria, urges global response]]>
The ministry, in a statement, called for an emergency meeting of the League of Arab States to discuss these developments and review ways to preserve Syria's sovereignty and the unity of its people and territorial integrity.

The ministry called the Turkish attacks "blatant" and "unacceptable," and denounced violations against the sovereignty of a brotherly Arab state, "while taking advantage of the circumstances and the current developments it experiences, and in contravention of the rules of international law."

The statement highlighted the responsibility of the international community, represented by the Security Council, towards addressing this "extremely dangerous development that threatens international peace and security."

The ministry called on the Security Council also to stop any efforts that aim at occupying the Syrian territory and attempts to make demographic changes in northeastern Syria.

The statement warned of the repercussions of the Turkish move on the unity and territorial integrity of Syria or the course of the political process in the Arab state in accordance with Security Council Resolution no. 2254.

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10/9/2019 7:44:40 PM
<![CDATA[Ethiopia’s insistence to fill GERD without agreement threatens region’s stability ]]>
In his speech at the Parliament’s plenary session, Shoukry urged the international community to shoulder the responsibility of reaching a fair agreement regarding the Renaissance Dam, and to activate Article 10 of the Declaration of Principles Agreement that allows parties to integrate mediation in case negotiations fail to solve the dispute.

Shoukry referred to Egypt’s previous demand for the World Bank’s mediation, and its adoption of a scientific approach when addressing the issue rather than the fait accompli policy, which confirms “Egypt’s goodwill towards reaching a fair agreement.”

The foreign minister continued that Egypt is always seeking to establish brotherly and cooperative relations based on mutual respect among the peoples of the three countries to create brighter present and future and to reach a fair deal regarding the Renaissance Dam.

“Egypt is open to dialogue and communication, and is aware of its responsibilities and duties towards its people and their water rights,” Shoukry said, adding that Egypt will devote all its political tools not only to protect its interests but also to implement the international law.

Shoukry further pointed the importance of Sudan’s cooperation with Egypt in this vital cause in light of the unity of both countries' destinies, and the 1959 agreement signed between both countries on common water interests that must be preserved to protect the peoples’ rights.

“The Renaissance Dam issue has reached a very delicate and sensitive stage after long negotiations without reaching an agreement that respects the rights of the three countries,” Shoukry reiterated.

The session was attended by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly who said that Egypt has entered the water poverty phase, according to the international definition of the term, under which the individual’s share of water is below 1,000 cubic meter/year.

“Today, our River Nile resources account to 55.5 billion cubic meters, while the figure rises to 10 billion cubic meters or a little more if other resources including rain water, ground water and desalinated water are included,”Madbouly clarified, adding that an individual’s share of water in Egypt nowadays is 700 cubic meters/year, with the figure declining with the increase in population.

The premiere affirmed that Egypt is taking all the necessary measures to develop water resources, and aims to reduce the needs of each individual of water taking into consideration the rising population.

On October 5, Ministry of Irrigation said that the Ethiopian position has brought the negotiations to a standstill, especially after Ethiopia rejected the Egyptian integrated proposal for the rules of filling and operating the Renaissance Dam, which is fair and balanced and takes into account the interests of the three countries.

During a round of negotiations in Khartoum at the level of the independent scientific research group, and during the ministerial meeting that followed from September 30 to October 5, 2019,Ethiopia refused to discuss the rules of operation of the Renaissance Dam and insisted on limiting the negotiation to the filling phase and the rules of operation during the filling phase.

This contradicts with Article 5 of the text of the Declaration of Principles Agreement signed on March 23, 2015, and with the international norms for cooperation in the construction and management of dams on shared rivers.]]>
10/9/2019 7:04:33 PM
<![CDATA[PM arrives at Parl't, gov't to deliver statement]]>
Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and Minister of Agriculture Ezz Eddin Abo Stait also arrived in the Parliament and met with Abdel Aal, as parliament members are expected to witness an important government statement.

Yesterday, the Parliament listened to a statement by Madbouly, in which he presented the government report entitled “Egypt is going on, work continues” that included briefs about the economic situation and efforts by the government organs in reforming the structure of Egypt’s economy and preserving the Egyptian social life.

Abdel Aal said, at the conclusion of the plenary session of the House of Representatives yesterday, he will complete listening to the words of deputies and discussions after the end of today’s government statement.

Abdel Aal also said ministers of foreign affairs and water resources, in addition to the prime minister, will be delivering a very important government statement.

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10/9/2019 3:32:41 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi discusses MENA developments, joint cooperation with Greece, Cyprus]]>
During a press conference on Tuesday, President Sisi said that he, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis discussed the turbulence taking place in the region that represents a threat to the regional neighbors, deprives people of the right to a safe life, and creates new crises.

The trio stressed on the importance of reaching binding legislation to counter terrorist groups, and hinder their recruitment of youth using technological methods. President Sisi added, “Terrorism is an international phenomenon that can never be linked to any religion or culture.”

During the summit, the three officials also tackled the illegal immigration crisis, taking into consideration the demographic changes among the region’s peoples, and the needs of the European labor market, which might be the basis of containing the negative effects of the crisis in a way that will achieve a win-win situation to all parties involved.

President Sisi stated in his speech that reaching a political solution in Libya is a must, and the only solution to achieve stability, and that it should come along with a comprehensive addressing of the crisis sources by unifying its institutions and establishing a parliamentary monitoring of the political and economic decisions in Libya.

The tripartite summit further discussed the developments in Syria, where the officials assured the efforts exerted by the UN envoy in Syria to reach the desired political settlement, with the total rejection of attempts to use force, to deduct parts of the Syrian territory or impose a new status quo in the region in violation of international laws.

Sisi expressed the will to activate the African Continental Free Trade Agreement. He further said that there is no alternative to the restoration of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, especially the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

President Sisi welcomed signing a number of documents and executive programs among Egypt, Cyprus and Greece in the field of investment for the years 2019-2021, in addition to signing the agreement on dual taxation prevention between Egypt and Cyprus.

The three leaders ensured the importance of maintaining joint coordination and consultation and close cooperation among the three nations.

Parts of the report are taken from MENA
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10/9/2019 12:25:28 PM
<![CDATA[From Cairo to Tokyo: Yuriko Koike’ s Inspirational Journey]]>
A veteran politician, Koike went on to become a member of parliament in her native Japan from 1993 to 2016; and was then appointed Minister of Defense.

Today, Koike serves as the governor of Tokyo, and is the first Japanese woman to assume the position. In an interview with Egypt Today, the 64-year-old politician looks back on the years she lived in Egypt which she describes as “an inspiration, and an eye-opener to another part of the world”, and how she yearns to return to visit one day, and considers Egypt second home country. Koike speaks to Egypt Today about her election to Tokyo governor, education in both Egypt and Japan, the empowerment of Egyptian women and 2020 Olympics preparations.

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Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike - Photo provided by Koike's office



Your bid for governor was supported by 3 million votes. Wftat is the reason beftind tftis ftuge support for a female candidate in Japan?

I raised a slogan of “great Tokyo reforms” seeking to maintain transparency values in management, guarantee access of information to everyone and strengthen administration of metropolitan government by working and collaborating with citizens.

That’s why I gained great sympathy from Tokyo citizens, and assumed the position in 2016.

We aim to build a new Tokyo by achieving three themes: “safe city,” where the city becomes more secured and safe; “diverse city,” where everyone can play a role, and a “smart city,” where it becomes an environmentally-advanced and an open global city to the whole world.

The source of activeness and vitality in the city is the people; and since I assumed the position of Tokyo governor, I’ve worked hard to highlight the role of the people, and to benefit from the interrelationship between its residents to achieve growth in the city and Japan as a whole.


How do you evaluate your three years in offtce and your acftievements so far?

We took measures to resolve the problem of waiting lists in nurseries in Japan, including efforts to strengthen childcare services and create an environment in which children can be both raised and work together.

Our initiative “Life After the Age 100” provides working spaces and knowledge acquisition for the elderly; in addition, we’ve worked hard to set laws aiming at achieving the principles of respect for human rights as set in the Olympic Charter, and to place regulations to prevent passive smoking.

Regarding the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we seek to excel in international competitions, so that Tokyo can make another leap forward as an advanced nation.


Choosing to study abroad, in Egypt, was considered a rare and difftcult decision for a Japanese woman to take at that time. Were you influenced by your father who, as is known, believed in a strong connection between Japan and the Arab region?

My father, who worked in foreign trade, has always been keen to emphasize the importance of the Middle East and the Arab region to the world. I decided to study at Cairo University after reading the “Middle East History Dictionary,” which I found on the shelves of my father’s library. Of course, Egypt and the Arab region are very important for both the world and Japan.


The time you studied in Egypt was ftnown as a golden era for feminist groups defending women’s rigftts, wit- nessing many laws granting women rigftts in marriage, divorce and cftild custody. How do you see tfte situation of Egyptian women today?

In the 2018 Gender Gap Index, released by the World Economic Forum, Egypt ranked 135th out of 144 countries, coming behind Japan, while Egyptian women’s participation in parliament exceeded that of women in Japan. Following the unrest in Egypt during the Arab Spring, a new constitution and parliamentary elections were held, in which 89 out of 596 members of the parliament were elected in 2015. This is an unprecedented phenomenon, and I think it is a manifestation of awareness that making the most of women’s forces will contribute to the enrichment of society.

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Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike - Reuters



How do you think Egypt, which has introduced Japanese “Tuftatsu” or special activities in its scftools, can learn and beneftt from tfte Japanese education system at all levels?

When President Sisi visited Japan in 2016, he showed great interest in the Japanese education system. I know that there are some elementary schools now in Cairo that teach children the essence of Japanese education that develops social behavior. For example, everyone here in Japan is cleaning classrooms after the end of the school day. This seems to be a surprise to many Egyptians, but for us it is self-evident because we were brought up this way since childhood. In fact, I think it is very important and useful [for children] to learn discipline as part of the educational curricula, in addition to other sciences.

Education is a “long-term” project, and it takes time to reap its fruit. It must therefore be done carefully and patiently, without rushing the results. I believe that focusing on ed- ucating children in Egypt is the fastest way to develop the country.


Egypt is building smart and sustainable cities. As Toftyo governor and former environment minister, what ftind of cooperation can tftere be between Egypt and Japan to promote waste disposal measures and energy-saving cities?

The main reason for the success of the waste disposal work carried out by governments is the cooperation of citizens. Only when everyone abides by the rules can we keep the city clean and we can properly recycle and dispose of waste. I think it is important and necessary for citizens to treat it as one of the problems that concern them, and not to leave it all to government only. In Tokyo, we teach students how to separate and sort garbage. Sometimes, I go to school myself and talk to children about the garbage problem and we think together. As part of the garbage schooling process, primary school children learn how to keep the city clean by collecting garbage together. I think it is important to start teaching children about this, because they convey what they have learned to their families after they return home.

There is a predication that in 2050 the volume and quantity of plastic waste in the oceans will exceed that of fish. Therefore, in order to preserve the beauty and cleanliness of the seas, [Tokyo] encourages the reduction of the use of disposable plastics. By 2030, we aim to reduce 40 percent of the amount of plastic waste discharged from homes, offices and large companies that are disposed of by incineration, in order to reduce single-use of plastics such as plastic bags and others.

I am well aware that Egypt, as an agricultural country, has a pressing problem of rice straw. So, I think using rice straw as bio- fuels rather than just burning it will contribute to measures to reduce environmental pollution and also reduce waste.

Environmental protection measures, including waste reduction measures, are common to major cities such as Tokyo and Cairo. Therefore, I believe that sharing knowledge, experiences and different systems between cities and each other can be an added value that can benefit everyone.

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Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike - Reuters



Tokyo is hosting the 2020 Games, which you seek to make a success next year. What are tfte biggest challenges you face while preparing for this major sports event?

First, the success of the Paralympics. Tokyo is the first city in the world to host the Summer Paralympics twice. For me, without the success of the Paralympics, there will be no success for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

In Tokyo, we started a Paralympic Games program called “No Limits Challenge” aiming to attract bigger audiences to the Paralympic Games, where they receive special tickets that collect points each time they watch a game, and then receive souvenirs according to the number of points. In addition, we launched a new program called Team Beyond, to increase the number of people supporting the Paralympics, with more than 1.28 million individuals and businesses now members of the program.

We also held a roundtable conference to promote the success of the Paralympic Games and promote the idea of a street and barrier free city that impedes the movement of people with special needs. A number of academic experts, athletes with special needs and people who have a prominent role in society from various fields such as sports, arts, music and other fields have been appointed as ambassadors to support the Paralympic Games, and promote the idea of street and barrier-free city.

We will continue to revitalize the Paralympic Games in the future, and work to make the halls and stadiums where the competitions of these games filled with fans, and I hope that we can create a ‘symbiotic and integrated community’, on the occasion of the Paralympic Games. We seek to achieve our goal of removing all barriers and making Tokyo free of barriers and making it a society where everyone who lives or comes to visit can enjoy living in comfort and luxury.

Second are the measures to overcome the heat. The 1964 Tokyo Games were held in October, but this time they will be held between July and September. So far, we have worked to ensure the trees will provide enough shade and we are working to check the light system, distribution of hand fans and neck cooling packs, as well as measures to install auxiliary equipment such as umbrellas and tents.

Third is ensuring smooth movement during the tournament. Smooth transfer for players and participants in the tournament, while maintaining everyday activities, is necessary to guarantee successful games. We are currently promoting for the idea of “Smooth Biz,” which integrates efforts to reduce congestion inside trains during peak times and handle any changes or delays in transport schedules.


Tell us about tfte new concept of 3Rs you plan to be adopt in the tournament
The term 3Rs refers to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.


When thinking about the waste problem, I believe it’s essential that we feel guilty toward the wasteful use of resources. There is a word in Japanese called “Mottainai” which means that it is unfortunate that resources are wasted instead of being utilized.

At the Olympic Games, we want to share the concept of “Mot- tainai” with the whole world, and encourage audiences to sort and dispose of trash well in the designated spots. These are unprecedented efforts in such huge events.


Tokyo is prone to natural disasters such as tsunamis and earhquakes. What preparations have you taken to reduce negative consequences of such disasters?

Legislation is in place to ensure that buildings are established with earthquake resistance in mind. This includes the “Law on the Determination of Construction Standards”, defining the cri- teria for earthquake resistance.

In addition, because the impact of climate change on the globe is currently very severe, Tokyo has spent a lot of money and has taken many measures to reduce this impact from both hardware and software perspectives. From the hardware perspective, we have promoted anti-seismic measures such as strengthening wa- ter flow control gates and arches and strengthening and uplift- ing dams and tsunami barriers in order to prevent flood damage from the tsunami that accompanies earthquakes.

Efforts are also being made to make buildings along emer- gency roads earthquake resistant, to ensure the passage of rescue and ambulances, to encourage the use of non-electric poles on roadside, and to develop control basins and underground water storage as measures to reduce flood damage.

From a software perspective, the Tokyo City Disaster Reduction Website is used to convey disaster information in multiple languages including Japanese and English.

Learning how to prevent disasters through education is also important. Since floods have recurred widely throughout Japan recently, we have created a group called “Tokyo My Timeline” as a tool to confirm Tokyo residents’ preparedness for flood dam- age. Each person can predetermine the actions to be taken in preparation for evacuation in chronological order so as not to cause chaos in the event of a disaster.

As the first female mayor of Tokyo, I am working on a range of measures that take women’s perspectives into account. We are working on a disaster prevention book entitled “Disaster Preven- tion in the Daily Life of Tokyo” from a woman’s perspective, as well as training women cadres in disaster prevention. It has also persuaded the government of Japan to lift the ban on domestic production and sales of liquid milk for children, which is very useful in times of disaster.
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10/9/2019 12:24:28 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt criminalized torture in 1883: Deputy FM]]>
Galal made the statements on Tuesday, Oct. 8 in his speech in a conference on combating torture in Arab countries. The deputy minister explained that torture does not mean just inflicting physical or emotional pain on others but also includes mistreatment and cruel punishment. Those crimes are penalized by articles 126. 129, and 375 of the penal code. Also, article 15 states that torture cases against fugitives are never dropped after the duration of the prison sentences is over.

Galal added that the current constitution promulgated in 2014 provides the National Council for Human Rights with the necessary powers to fulfill its duties. The deputy minister also affirmed that the state closely follows the council’s reports and data, which are taken into consideration, even if there are some reservations.

For the measures taken to achieve that, Galal says that one of the top achievements on the human front is the promulgation of the NGO’s law. He stated that Egypt will submit to UNCHR on November 13 a comprehensive report reviewing human rights status, saying that will be an opportunity to discuss with international partners accomplishments and goals in that realm.

Galal added that improvement of human rights in any country is a continuous process that never reaches perfection. All countries, with no exception, have certain challenges that are periodically reviewed and discussed by committees in charge of reviewing the fulfillment of international agreements on human rights, the official said. He elaborated that what distinguishes a country from another is its eagerness and willpower to build upon the positive aspects and eliminate negative ones.


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10/9/2019 12:24:03 PM
<![CDATA[Greek, Cypriot heads of state affirm continuous energy cooperation]]>
“We discussed the progress on the trilateral cooperation mechanism in the realms of defense, energy, environmental protection, and handling expats,” Cypriot President Anastasiades stated declaring that the meeting is held in light of regional developments.

Anastasiades asserted that energy is the most important aspect of the trilateral cooperation mechanism stating that the three states desire to push cooperation in the gas exploration sector. “Cooperation between the three countries in the energy sector depends on resource extraction,” the Cypriot president added.

Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis asserted that the trilateral cooperation mechanism between the three states will persist. “I am confident that the positive messages and the fruitful outcomes will be a glowing light for international developments,” the Greek prime minister said.

Cypriot President Anastasiades said that cooperation with Egypt and Cyprus is aimed at bolstering prosperity and regional stability highlighting openness to cooperate with all countries that prioritize peace. Anastasiades also asserted that the international community has to deploy more efforts to combat terrorism and extremism.

The Cypriot president added that the regional cooperation mechanisms between Egypt, Greece and Cyprus is aimed at developing a vision that would achieve peace and stability in the region on a larger scale.

The Cypriot president also welcomed encouraging trilateral investments by the private sector and adopting the necessary mechanisms such as signing an agreement that prevents double taxation. Anastasiades also looks forward to sign an MoU between the Cypriot Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Egyptian Diplomatic Institute.

Regional Affairs

Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis affirmed that the stance of his country matches that of Egypt on Libya, Syria and Palestinian Cause. “I am optimistic because Egypt, Greece, and Cyprus constitute a triangle of security and stability eastern the Mediterrenean,” Mitsotakis added.

Mitsotakis said Egypt is not just a country but a friend and a pivotal state in the region that serves as a catalyst for stability as it has an effective role in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Africa, Mitsotakis highlighted. “Egypt is also an ally in war against terrorism, and we have to take that into consideration in the European Union. We will work in the near future on strengthening ties between the European Union and Egypt,” the Greek prime minister said.

The Greek prime minister lauded the strong relations between Egypt and Greece and thanked President Sisi for the warm reception and for hosting the summit in Cairo.

Turkish Violations

Anastasiades expressed gratitude to the Egyptian president 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.

The Cypriot president criticized Turkey and expressed rejection of its exploration of gas in Cypriot water asserting that Turkey’s unilateral acts threaten security and peace eastern the mediterrenean.

“Those acts are a blatant violation of Cypriot rights and international law. We are amid the use of all diplomatic means to stop Turkish violations and to guarantee the protection of Cypriot sovereignty,” President Anastasiades said.

Both heads of state held bilateral meetings with Egypt's president on the sidelines of the summit to discuss thriving relations and to confirm the necessity of coordination and consultation over regional affairs and matters of mutual interest.
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10/8/2019 5:58:21 PM
<![CDATA[Security, development main concern of government: Madbouli]]>
This came during the premiere’s speech at the House of Representatives, where he added that the Armed Forces will remain the pillar of Egypt’s stability. Madbouli also said that the police are fighting to preserve the security of Egypt.

“In 2014, the infrastructure in Egypt was dilapidated and we were unable to meet our basic needs without the support of our Arab brothers,” he said.

"There was a rise in unemployment rate after many investments stopped and millions of Egyptians returned from Arab countries who faced the same challenges; the economy was closer to collapse after the tourism sector completely stopped," Madbouli added.

The prime minister added that the state has started to work hard in 2014, saying: "Building any country requires hard work, a vision and a plan of action.”

"Hundreds of billion pounds have been spent in the field of energy, electricity, gas and petroleum products; the state has to undertake basic development projects to open the arteries of this country," he explained.

Madbouli said that the whole world is now looking at Egypt and its successes in the economic reform program, pointing to the progress in terms of growth rate, the inflation rate, and the unemployment rate.

“All international bodies and the International Monetary Fund praised the economic reform in Egypt and stressed that many countries did not succeed in its implementation. All international bodies indicate that the growth rates in Egypt are the highest and emphasize that the country is on the right track,” Madbouli asserted.

Madbouli stated that by the end of the next year, the automation of all basic services that the citizens suffer from will be completed in all governorates, adding that these services will be activated through mobile phones or post offices.

“Everyone should be aware that Egypt is facing one of the fiercest types of war. It is an unconventional war that depends mainly on creating confusion, frustration and shaking the citizen’s confidence in state institutions, especially the presidential institution; this war makes citizens question the capabilities of institutions that protect the country, especially the Egyptian Armed Forces.”

Madbouli stressed that the Egyptian state, with its bodies, headed by the House of Representatives, the police and the Armed Forces, is responsible for protecting this country and ensuring its stability.



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10/8/2019 3:20:37 PM
<![CDATA[Abul Gheit probes with Montenegro FM bilateral relations]]>
A source at the Arab League General Secretariat said the two sides exchanged viewpoints on a number of issues of mutual concern and bilateral relations between the pan-Arab body and Montenegro.

Abul Gheit expressed keenness on boosting relations between the two sides, praising the positive stances of Montenegro at the international arena towards Arab issue especially its support to the Palestinian cause.

He expressed hope that Montenegro would continue to play its positive role in backing the security, peace and stability of the Arab region.

For his part, Darmanovic reiterated the importance of working during the coming phase on expanding political, economic and trade exchange with the Arab world under the umbrella of the Arab League.]]>
10/8/2019 2:04:50 PM
<![CDATA[Arab parliament issues first women's rights legislation]]>
The document is the first legislation attesting to Arab women's role and their sublime position, he said on Tuesday during a ceremony marking the document's endorsement in the UAE.

The ceremony was held in the UAE in appreciation of the progress realized in the UAE with regard to empowering women, Salami said, citing the orders by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa ben Zayed Al Nahayan to increase women's representation at the parliament.

The document is meant to promote the Arab women's positive role in society and achievements, he said, reiterating support for Arab women's issues. ]]>
10/8/2019 1:08:41 PM
<![CDATA[Ethiopia ready to reach deal with Egypt, Sudan on Renaissance dam]]>
In a series of tweets, Ethiopian Prime minister Abiy Ahmed said that his country stands ready to solve any differences with the two other countries.

“Ethiopia stands ready to resolve any differences and outstanding concerns by consultation among the three countries,” he tweeted.





“The Government of Ethiopia will reinforce its effort to make the ongoing trilateral dialogue a success. It also expects a similar commitment from the two downstream countries, Egypt and Sudan,” he added.

Ahmed’s remarks after Egypt announced that the tripartite negotiations on the dam among the water ministers of the three states reached a deadlock, calling for an international mediator in the talks.

Egypt’s request came in consistency with Article No. 10 of the 2015 Declaration of Principles that was signed by the three countries, said Spokesperson of Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Al-Sebai in a statement on Saturday evening.

Sebai said that the negotiations of the Renaissance Dam have reached a dead end due to the hardening of the Ethiopian side and its rejection of all theses that take into account Egypt's water interests and avoid causing serious harm to Egypt.

The spokesman added that this Ethiopian position has brought the negotiations to a standstill, especially after Addis Ababa rejected the Egyptian proposal that presented an integrated proposal for the rules of filling and operating the Renaissance Dam, which is fair and balanced and takes into account the interests of the three countries.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the controversial the $4-billion dam as Cairo voiced its concern over its 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 has begun in 2014. One year later, the three countries reached an agreement, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam. However, Cairo and Addis Ababa recently blamed each other for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Saturday affirmed Egypt’s water rights in the River Nile as Renaissance Dam negotiations reached a dead end as a result of the Ethiopian side's rejection to all proposals that take into account Egypt's water rights and interests.

“I have followed closely on the results of the tripartite meeting between irrigation ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to discuss the file of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which has not resulted in any positive development,” President Sisi said on his official Facebook page.

Egypt welcomed the statement issued by the White House regarding the ongoing negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Presidency Spokesman Bassam Rady said on Saturday October 5th.

The US called on Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to reach an agreement that realize the mutual interests of all of the countries involved in the situation, according to a statement issued by the State Information Service.

The US asserted the importance of an agreement that highlights the economic development and prosperity of all the parts depending on the Nile.

The SIS called on the US to play a bigger role in this regard as the dam’s filling negotiations have reached a deadlock in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Saturday.

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10/7/2019 6:51:05 PM
<![CDATA[ After U.S. withdrawal, expert warns of ethnic cleansing]]>
Yousef explained that Turkey does not accept the current borders agreed upon in the Treaty of Lausanne as it occupies Sanjak of Alexandretta. The treaty was signed during World War I in 1923 between Turkey on one side, and Britain, France, Italy, Japan, Greece, Romania, and now-disintegrated Yugoslavia to determine the borders of modern Turkey, according to Britannica.

The expert said that Turkey also perceives Syria’s Latika, Idlib, Aleppo, Raqqah, Deir El Zour, Hasakah, and Iraq’s Mosul, Kirkuk, Erbil as Turkish territories, and plans to put them under Turkish sovereignty by 2023. Turkey wants to settle Turkmens in those areas, and relocate Syrians who do not accept Turkish presence. The expert warns that terrorists who were brought by Turkey from different countries to Syria may be settled in those territories. “The matter is very dangerous. It threatens Arab borders and not just Syrian ones,” Yousef asserted

Turkey has been calling upon Syrian refugees to return to their homeland, and opened many crossings for that purpose, including Kasab Crossing located in Latakia, which is controlled by the Syrian state. However, Turkey does not seem to want them to return because it declared it would create a green zone for returning refugees to northern Syria. Such zone is expected to harbor terrorists, who belong to Syria, China, Chechnya among others, and their families, the expert suggested. “The fact that the United States is leaving captured Islamic State (IS) militants to Turkey means that such elements will be settled northern Syria giving legitimacy for their presence,” Yousef explained.

The majority of Syrians who escaped to Turkey in the wake of the Syrian Civil War belong to the opposition and some of them were even involved in hostile acts against the Arab Syrian Army, while others had ditched the compulsory military service. Nevertheless, the Syrian state has been eager to facilitate their return and not to persecute them. The expert clarified that there is a reconciliation law that ensures all returning refugees are treated equally; however, those who joined the Free Syrian Army and fought as if they were Turkish soldiers against their own state will definitely not be allowed to integrate in the society.

In a similar context, a Syrian boy aged 9 committed suicide in northwestern Turkey’s province of Kocaeli as he had been subject to ostracisation at school because he was Syrian, as reported by Ahlavi citing Oda TV. The body of Wael al-Saoud was found hanging at the door of the cemetery. His father, Mostafa, said they had come to Turkey because they thought they would be welcomed since the neighboring country has been encouraging them to leave their homeland after the civil war broke. However, Mostafa said Syrian refugees have been just used in internal political disputes.

The United States earlier announced it would withdraw its forces ahead of a Turkish military offensive on YPG-held areas northeastern Syria. Turkey classifies the Syrian Democratic Forces (YPG) as a terrorist organization that is affiliated to Turkey’s Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
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10/7/2019 5:11:41 PM
<![CDATA[Legislative committee approves amendments to terror list law]]>
The draft law exempts the public prosecution from bearing the cost of publishing the decisions to list terrorist entities and persons, or extend their duration, or remove any of the names from the lists, in Egypt's official gazette.

The decision aims at easing the burden on the Public Prosecution, as it had to pay large amounts of money in the event of publishing 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, represents the public interest, and seeks to fulfill the obligations of the law.

The Egyptian judiciary, since the ousting of late president Mohamed Morsi, who was also a leader for the Muslim Brotherhood "terrorist" group, has placed hundreds of Egyptian persons and entities on the terror lists.

According to the act on the regulation of the lists of terrorist entities and persons issued in 2015, the inclusion of any group or persons on these lists is automatically followed by the seizure of their funds and the issuance of travel bans. In case those designated as "terrorists" have been abroad, they are placed on the country's watch list.]]>
10/7/2019 3:12:53 PM
<![CDATA[Discussing drone law in Egypt: How to use legally ]]>
Drones have numerous uses in defense and military tactical world, in addition to agriculture, filmmaking and delivery-related tasks among many others. The United States restricts the use of drones over most federal facilities or airports without permission, while determining certain heights of altitude when flying approved. Kuwait’s Parliament recently proposed a law to imprison importers, manufacturers or possessors of drones for 7 years, and to fine them KD 100,000.

In Egypt, flying a drone is technically legal if permission is obtained. Many passengers were stopped at Cairo International Airport and different navy ports across Egypt over the possession of drones, which requires high official consent for its local use. On September 24, Port Said Customs thwarted the smuggling of 161 drones supported with cameras.

In 2017, Egypt passed a law that banned the use or the trade of drones electronically or remotely controlled by ministries, local administrative units, general authorities, companies, and individuals. The law prohibits the import, manufacture, collecting, sale, possession or use of drones unless a permit is obtained from the Ministry of Defense.

According to the third article of the law, a punishment of 1 to 7 years, and a fine between LE 5,000 to 50,000, or either of the two penalties, will be imposed on those who import, manufacture, collect, trade, possess, or use the electronic or remotely-controlled drones without a permit from the competent authority, with the punishment maximized if the action was repeated, lawyer Naguib Milad explained to Egypt Today.

A life sentence will be imposed on those who commit any terror crime using the drone, and in case the crime led to the death of a person, the violator will face capital punishment in accordance with the law. The court will confiscate all the tools used in the crime, which will be delivered to the Armed Forces.

The law gives the members of the military judiciary the status of judicial police commissioners for enforcing the executive regulation of the law and its issued resolutions.

Consequently, the law makes the Ministry of Defense the sole authority responsible for licensing the use of drones, especially those which are capable of carrying explosives or weapon systems, and may punish individuals for their importing, manufacturing, assembling, handling or trading without its permission.

In his interview with Watan newspaper, Hisham Halaby, a board member at the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, said that Egypt was a pioneer in imposing the drone law, aiming to avoid the use of drones to harm the country. He added that the drones can be spotted by naked eyes or advanced radars, and can be downed or jammed in case of threat.
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10/7/2019 12:47:33 PM
<![CDATA[Iraqi PM Abdul Mahdi discusses recent protests in phone call with Pompeo]]>
“The Prime Minister reviewed developments in the security situation and the return to normal life after the curfew was lifted, and confirmed that security forces had resumed control and stability had been restored,” the statement said.

The statement said the government has put forward a package of reforms and will continue to provide more to meet the demands of the protesters.

At least eight people were killed in new clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government protesters on Sunday night in Baghdad, lifting the death toll to more than 100.]]>
10/7/2019 11:55:29 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi underlines present dangers in October 6 anniversary]]>
The following is a transcription of the whole speech:

"Egypt celebrates today one of its greatest and most glorious days, the day of traversing from despair to hope, from the past to the future. The 6th of October, 1973 does not just represent a military victory achieved aptly by the Armed Forces. It is a unique expression of the willpower of the nation and the unity of the people. Egyptians were inspired by their ancient history to remain strong and unbending.

It is the right of today's generations to know what happened in the war. We, who lived those days, have a duty to accurately clarify how the test was grueling, how Egyptians passed it successfully, and how the people stood together to back their Armed Forces that the entire people became an army that pulled off, out of that saga, a victory that reinstated dignity and opened the door for both land restoration and peace establishment.

It is the fate of this homeland to face mountainous waves that mostly come from abroad but always break when met with the strength and unityof the Egyptian people, closely attached to Egypt's land and army.

Throughout the past decades, war has taken different shapes and forms until it now targets the peoples' morale, and enters citizens' houses through new media platforms. It is a war aimed at raising doubt and confusion, promoting fear and terrorism, and destroying trust between citizens and national institutions by portraying the state as the enemy while depicting foreign entities that wage war as the refuge and sanctuary.

In this war, which depends on deception, lies, and rumors, victory is tied to the citizen's awareness, concepts, ideas, and beliefs. That is why I am completely confident that we will notch up victory in that war driven by a faith that the great majority of Egyptian people, using their sincere intuition,can make a distinction between honesty and slander.I am quite positive they got tired of deception, deceivers, and groundless allegations against their homeland.

The Egyptian people, who accomplished in 1973 what all thought was impossible and preserved peace in the Middle East for long decades afterwards enduring for that sake incessant attack and questioning, is able to continue achieving victories, preserving the homeland, and protecting the state and institutions out of the faith in the loyalty of such institutions that work on protecting the security, maintaining the stability, and maximizing the accomplishments of Egypt.

Onthe anniversary of the glorious October victory, we salute the soul of hero and martyr Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat, the man who carried a massive responsibility but lived up to the trust of Egypt and its people. He was a patriotic leader with a genius strategy, who prioritized the interest of his country and people, and averted the danger engulfing them.

I salute all the martyrs and heroes of the Armed Forces and the Egyptian people who sacrificed their lives for sacred Sinai. We tell their souls on thisday: "Your children and grandchildren are willing to follow your suit and protectthe free homeland you left under national sovereignty. Such homeland can never tolerate humiliation or submission; it does not get deceived by lies or defeated in psychological war. Egypt will always be a victorious homeland with a raised flag, and will always witness the defeats and disappointments of its enemies no matter how the forms of war vary and how their mechanisms change."

The 6th of October, 1973 war lasted for 17 days until October 23, 1973. The outcomes were the restoration of 20 kilometers of Sinai's land, and bringing Israel to negotiations due its losses. The talks, brokered by the United States, produced the 1979 Peace Treaty per which Egypt got back all of Sinai, except for Taba, which was restored in 1989 through international arbitration.
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10/6/2019 2:07:50 PM
<![CDATA[Palestinian PM to visit Egypt Monday heading big delegation]]>
The ministerial delegation visiting Egypt will be the largest in the history of the relationship between the two countries, Louh said.

This planned visit comes as a reflection of the strategic and fraternal relationship between Palestine's President Mahmoud Abbas and Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, in light of the continuous and permanent coordination between the two leaders in all central and political issues, Louh added.

Shtayyeh's acceptance of the invitation of Madbouli to form a high-level delegation comprising 12 ministerial portfolios demonstrates the former's keenness to build bridges of political and executive cooperation between the two countries and to bring these links to the highest levels of coordination.

The ministers comprising the delegation include the ministers of foreign affairs, finance, national economy, higher education, public works and housing, health, agriculture, local government, transportation, and telecom and information technology. The ministries of interior and endowments, which are headed by the prime minister, will be also represented in the delegation.

Prime Minister Shtayyeh said on September 30 that a ministerial delegation is visiting Cairo to promote economic cooperation under the guidance of the Palestinian president.

In September 2019, President Sisi affirmed Egypt's keenness on the restoration of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and the establishment of their independent state, in accordance with the international accords.

Sisi met with Abbas, Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi said, on the sidelines of the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

For his part, Abbas expressed his appreciation for Egypt's efforts and historic unchangeable stance towards the Palestinian cause, highlighting the depth of relations between the peoples of the two countries.

Abbas also praised the Egyptian efforts to achieve reconciliation between Palestinian factions, affirming willingness to continue the coordination with Egypt on various issues of mutual concern, Radi said.

The presidents also discussed the developments of a number of regional and Arab issues.]]>
10/6/2019 1:28:07 PM
<![CDATA[EU divisions over Russia mount as France, Germany seek peace in Ukraine]]>
Progress at talks between Russian and Ukrainian envoys have raised hopes of convening the first international summit in three years on ending the fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces.

But some EU states, while welcoming a summit that would involve France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia, are worried by growing talk that the EU might partially lift sanctions imposed on Moscow since its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

EU divisions over how to deal with Moscow have been growing over overtures to the Kremlin in recent months, led by Paris.

Comments by French President Emmanuel Macron have especially upset governments in EU countries that were once Soviet satellite states or constituent republics. Alarmed by what they see as an increasingly aggressive Russian foreign policy, they reject anything that might smack of appeasement.

“Are we to reward Russia because they have not done anything grotesque in the past few months?” one EU diplomat asked.

In EU meetings, letters and speeches, divisions about Russia that were once under control are resurfacing, diplomats say.

The tension could make it harder for the EU to agree new sanctions if Russia intensifies what are often depicted by Western leaders as efforts by President Vladimir Putin to undermine Western institutions such as the 28-nation bloc.

The tension could also further divide the bloc - with a group of French-led, relatively Russia-friendly allies such as Italy on one side, and the Baltic states, Poland and Romania on the other. This in turn could weaken the resolve of Western-backed governments to stand up for Ukraine, diplomats said.

EU diplomats still expect leaders of the bloc to extend sanctions on Russia’s energy, financial and defense sectors for another six months at a regular summit in December.

But while Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel say there can be no sanctions relief until Russia implements a peace deal for Ukraine agreed in 2014-2015, both see sanctions as impeding better relations with Moscow.

MACRON’S “RESET”
The measures, imposed over the annexation of Crimea and Russian support for the separatists fighting in Ukraine, require all EU governments to agree. Any friction could allow just one country, possibly Moscow’s ally Hungary, to end them.

“The time has come for the German government to pressure the EU for a partial lifting of the sanctions,” German lawmaker Peter Ramsauer, whose center-right Christian Social Union (CSU) is a member of Germany’s ruling coalition, told Reuters.

Baltic states, once part of the Soviet Union, fear a Russian trap to block Ukraine’s ambition to join NATO and the EU. The country of 42 million has borders both with Russia and countries in the EU and NATO.

With Germany open to France taking a more active role on Russia, Macron unexpectedly relaunched a bid for better Russian ties in July.

Sending his defense and foreign ministers to Moscow in September and ending a four-year freeze on such high-level diplomatic visits, Macron is seeking to bring Moscow back into the fold of leading industrialised nations.

Macron, who said in August that alienating Russia was “a profound strategic mistake”, wants Moscow’s help to solve the world’s most intractable crises, from Syria to North Korea.

“The geography, history and culture of Russia are fundamentally European,” Macron said on Tuesday in a speech to the Council of Europe, the continent’s main human rights forum, from which Russia was suspended after Crimea.

Russia’s readmission in July, for which France and Germany lobbied, was the first time that an international sanction imposed for Moscow’s seizure of Crimea has been reversed.

Charles Michel, Belgium’s prime minister, told EU diplomats last month that while Russia was a security threat, it “remains a neighbor too and we must deal with this reality.”

In a letter to EU diplomats last month, the EU’s ambassador to Moscow also called for a “pragmatic” approach to Russia.

REWARD OR REVENGE?

EU diplomats from eastern, Baltic and Nordic nations have said they are confused by Macron’s approach, questioning what has changed in Russia to merit a renaissance in relations.

The conflict in east Ukraine has killed over 13,000 people since April 2014 .

Russia and Ukraine swapped prisoners in September in what was seen as the first sign of an improvement in relations. But Putin has ruled out returning Crimea, gifted to Ukraine in 1954 by then Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

NATO accuses Russia of trying to destabilize the West with new nuclear weapons, pulling out of arms control treaties, cyber attacks and covert action.

Last year, Western governments including France expelled an unprecedented number of Russian diplomats after a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England that EU leaders blamed on Moscow. The Kremlin rejected any involvement.

Michel Duclos, a former French envoy to Syria, said the risk for Macron was that, viewed from Moscow, France was “useful for disuniting the Western camp,” recalling what he said was a “classic feature” of East-West relations during the Cold War.

Macron’s offer to Putin is based on setting up a so-called structured dialogue focusing on five points: sharing expertise and intelligence; a mechanism to defuse EU-Russia tensions; arms control in Europe; European values; working together on international crises.

The European Union’s own five-point strategy to deal with Russia involves so-called selective engagement. Many EU diplomats say that is the best way forward, seeking Russian collaboration on issues such as climate change to rebuild trust.

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10/6/2019 12:59:23 PM
<![CDATA[October War Embodies Defense of Land, Sovereignty: Kuwaiti Amb.]]>
"It is the history of the big victory of the Egyptian and Arab army in its fourth war against Israel. Not only is it a history of crossing the canal, it is also a channel for the transit of history," Thuwaikh said.

He also hailed "the memory of the defense of the land and the principle, sovereignty and right, the memory of the honorable Arab solidarity to defend the Arab territories."

The October war between Israel and a coalition of Arab states led by Egypt and Syria started with a sudden attack on Israeli positions on Yom Kippur, on October 6, 1973.

After the defeat in the Six-Day War in 1967, in which Israel captured the Sinai Peninsula, Gaza Strip, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights, the Egyptian forces launched its war 6 years later - on October 6, 1973 at 2:00 p.m. (Cairo time) - against the Israeli troops and restored 15 kilometers of Sinai’s land.

The Israeli forces were forced to retreat to Gaza strip. Meanwhile, Syrian troops waged the war near Golan Heights against the Israeli troops.

The rest of the peninsula was recovered through a peace treaty signed in 1979; except for Taba that Egypt retrieved by international arbitration in 1988. The Israeli withdrawal from Sinai occurred in stages that ended in 1982.
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10/6/2019 12:35:24 PM
<![CDATA[Tunisia's parliamentary elections start]]>
Voters queued outside polling stations in the capital Tunis. Some 7.6 million voters are eligible to cast their votes in the country.

More than 15,000 candidates on 1,507 lists are contesting 217 seats.

The winning political party will be responsible for forming the new government in a period not exceeding two months.

Preliminary results will be declared on October 10 while final results will emerge on November 13.]]>
10/6/2019 12:01:47 PM
<![CDATA[ICRC expresses concern over violence in Iraq]]>
The deaths of civilians and the growing number of wounded at the ongoing protests across the country is particularly worrying.

"The use of force by security forces must be proportionate to the situation and is an exceptional measure," the ICRC's head of delegation in Iraq, Katharina Ritz said.

"In particular, firearms and live ammunition must only be used as a last resort, and to protect against an imminent threat to life", it added. ]]>
10/5/2019 11:47:28 AM
<![CDATA[Russia registers 29 ceasefire violations in Syria in 24 hours]]>
The Russian side said seven violations were detected in Idlib, six in Hama, eight in Latakia and eight more in Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Saturday.

It added that the Russian army haven't carried out any humanitarian operations over the past 24 hours. ]]>
10/5/2019 11:23:36 AM
<![CDATA[Libyan army controls air space, besieges GNA troops in Tripoli suburbs]]>
The army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, is taking the lead in its battle against the GNA troops and is in full control of the air space through its continued raids on their outposts in the capital suburbs, Spokesman for the National Army Operations Room Khaled el Mahjoub said in statements quoted by Al Hurra News on Saturday.

The army continues to besiege the elements and force them out of the capital Tripoli with the aim of targeting them and dealing with them outside, he added.]]>
10/5/2019 11:19:40 AM
<![CDATA[Police deny taking arbitrary measures, says arrests legal]]>
The security source accused the council of obtaining information from unreliable sources seeking to cause confusion and tension in the Egyptian streets.

The source confirmed, according to the ministry's statement that "all cases of arrest that took place during the past days, came in accordance with the law, including cases of flagrante delicto, that allows the judicial officers to search persons and their movable belongings movable (mobile phones or otherwise according to the law)."

The Ministry called for obtaining information from the concerned authorities.

The National Council for Human Rights expressed rejection of police's inspection of civilians' smart phones, and other "arbitrary" security measures, saying that such acts violate the Egyptian law and Constitution.

During the 74th session of the council it had discussed and reviewed the human rights situation in the country. Although the council affirmed its understanding of the serious situation faced by the country as a result of its war on terrorism, the council members have criticized some recent incidents, including arbitrary security measures faced by some citizens.

Firstly, the unjustified expansion of the arrest of citizens crossing the roads and squares without legal justification, and without enabling them to contact their relatives and their families, and without even informing them of the charge they face. The council said that this represents a violation of human rights guaranteed by the Constitution and the law.

Secondly, stopping citizens while walking in the streets and forcing them to hand their mobile phones to the police personnel so they can inspect the content on the phones, in violation of many provisions of the Constitution that protect the sanctity of private life of citizens and also the privacy of their conversations, including the electronic means of communication.

Thirdly, many members of the council noted that the recent crisis exposed the deteriorating situation of the national media, including its failure to carry out its mission as a national source of information. The members said that this situation made some sectors of Egyptians to resort to foreign media, while some of these platforms lack credibility and professionalism, and promote terrorism and violence.

Egyptian cities have witnessed tightened security measures recently, after Muslim Brotherhood supporters and some anti-government activists called on people to take to streets, particularly Cairo's Tahrir square, known for public protests, in a bid to oust the current political leadership. However, such attempts were strictly prevented.

Many citizens, especially in the streets of the downtown area of Cairo, where Tahrir square is located, were stopped by police personnel and were asked to hand their phones for inspection.

Some argue that they got their Facebook pages and mobile gallery inspected.
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10/4/2019 8:51:13 PM
<![CDATA[Tunisian expatriates start voting in Parliamentary elections]]>
The election is the second since endorsing the new constitution of Tunisia in 2014.

Balloting will last for three days for the Tunisians abroad.

Candidates are competing for 217 seats in the Tunisian parliament. The winning political party will form the new government.]]>
10/4/2019 1:20:25 PM
<![CDATA[Nicosia condemns Turkey's attempt to drill in Cypriot territory]]>
The government said it is calling once more on Turkey to immediately cease all its illegal activities and withdraw all its drilling and seismic vessels and stressing that illegality no matter how often repeated; it remains against the law.

The discovery of gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean has prompted claims by the internationally recognized Greek Cypriot government and Ankara, which backs a breakaway Turkish Cypriot administration in the north of the island.

European Union member Cyprus has been pressing to develop offshore gas deposits and has signed deals with energy giants Eni, Total and ExxonMobil that have seen them carry out exploratory drilling.

Ankara claims that such exploration deprives the Turkish Cypriot minority of benefiting from the natural resources that surround the island.

In February 2018 a drillship for Italy's Eni abandoned an attempt to search for gas off Cyprus after it was blocked by Turkish warships.

Turkey has had thousands of troops stationed in the northern third of the island since invading in 1974 in response to a Greek military junta-sponsored coup aimed at uniting Cyprus with Greece.

The northern part of the island was declared the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), which is only recognized by Ankara. UN-sponsored efforts to reunify the island have failed.

Additional reporting by MENA
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10/4/2019 1:09:41 PM
<![CDATA[No one can praise Hitler for his actions against humanity: Egypt's parliament speaker]]>
This came during in a Wednesday Parliament session to clarify Abdel Aal's Tuesday statements on the late Nazi leader Hitler, which raised a lot of controversy.

Abdel Aal stated in his speech that his remarks were meant to praise the German development and civilization, as Germans managed to achieve huge success, especially in infrastructure, which can be described as "unique". As for Hitler, "he has committed a lot of crimes which can never be praise."

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, Abdel Aal talked about the success that Germany managed to achieve in the past years; some social media users claimed that Egypt's speaker was praising the Nazi leader, which was totally denied by Abdel Aal, who affirmed that this was not included in his statements. "This is illogical," Abdel Aal stated.

"No country can develop without a strong infrastructure, and this is the only thing I was referring to in my statements," Abdel Aal stressed Wednesday, adding that Aswan, which lacks a good infrastructure system, is a clear example of what he was pointing at.

"Aswan, which remained for years without good infrastructure, was relatively isolated from the rest of the world, and even the Egyptian capital itself, would not be developed without working on its infrastructure," Abdel Aal explained, stressing that it is a very basic step to develop any country.

The speaker added that Egypt is currently working on establishing a lot of new roads, tunnels and gas stations, which is considered a step on the right way to development.

"None of these rumors will silence us. No one will stop us, and no one will force us to keep quiet," Abdel Aal concluded.

The fifth round of the Egyptian Parliament kicked off on Tuesday, Oct. 1. This round will be the last one before another election takes place in 2020. This round will tackle several political bills on women's rights, criminalizing customary marriage (Urfi marriage) and the new Senate Law.




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10/3/2019 1:51:28 PM
<![CDATA[Electoral campaigns for Tunisian Presidential run-off start]]>
Populist candidate and academic Kaïs Saïed and businessman Nabil Karoui are vying in the second round of elections slated for October 13.

Saïed won 18.4 percent of votes in the first round of the elections, while Karoui copped 15.6 percent.

The presidential elections are held on the back of the death of Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi in July aged 92.

Essebsi was Tunisia’s first democratically-elected president after the 2011 revolution unseated Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and sparked the Arab Spring.]]>
10/3/2019 1:33:05 PM
<![CDATA[German amb: we will continue partnership with Egypt in various fields]]>
Berlin will continue to invest in expanding the network of German schools in Egypt, as well as offering support to the German University in Cairo and relevant education institutions, ambassador Nunn added.

The ambassador was addressing a celebration Wednesday night to mark the German Unity Day in the presence of a host of ministers, dignitaries, ambassadors and accredited foreign diplomats.

Senior Egyptian and German officials stress - during their frequent meetings - the importance of upholding a strong partnership that seeks meeting the aspirations of the Egyptian people, Nunn noted.

Nearly 1.8 million German tourists visited Egypt in 2018, the envoy said, affirming that the number of tourists eager to visit Egypt is on the rise.

Meanwhile, Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel Aal said that the fraternity agreement between Cairo, Frankfurt and Stuttgart reflects the depth of relations between two countries.

He expressed hope for continuing bilateral cooperation in light of mega national projects being implemented nationwide]]>
10/3/2019 1:26:39 PM
<![CDATA[1973 war against Israel enhanced unity among Egyptians: Pope Tawadros II]]>
The victory of October was a chance for Egypt to restore its significant position among nations, Pope Tawadros II said on Wednesday (Oct. 2), adding that it also helped strengthen unity and collaboration among Egypt's army, police, and people.

The October war between Israel and a coalition of Arab states led by Egypt and Syria started with a sudden attack on Israeli positions on Yom Kippur, on October 6, 1973.

After the defeat in the Six-Day War in 1967, in which Israel captured the Sinai Peninsula, Gaza Strip, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights, the Egyptian forces launched its war 6 years later - on October 6, 1973 at 2:00 p.m. (Cairo time) - against the Israeli troops and restored 15 kilometers of Sinai’s land.

The Israeli forces were forced to retreat to Gaza strip. Meanwhile, Syrian troops waged the war near Golan Heights against the Israeli troops.

The rest of the peninsula was recovered through a peace treaty signed in 1979; except for Taba that Egypt retrieved by international arbitration in 1988. The Israeli withdrawal from Sinai occurred in stages that ended in 1982.]]>
10/3/2019 10:00:07 AM
<![CDATA[MPs choose Segeni, Abu Shoka as heads of parliamentary committees]]>
The selection of Abu Shoka, also head of the New Al-Wafd Party, as the head of the committee comes as part of votes taking place before every new session for the parliament; each committee shall pick a head, two deputies and a secretary from among its members by majority.

Abu Shoka is an Egyptian lawyer and politician. He was a member of Egypt’s Shura Council from 2012 until it was dissolved in 2013.

Following the January 25 Revolution that forced former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 to resign, Abu Shoka was mandated as one of Mubarak’s defense team in the lawsuits filed against him.

In mid-June 2012, he was named as a member of the Constituent Assembly of Egypt that created the country’s new constitution.

Moreover, MP Ahmed El Segeni, Secretary General of the Support Egypt Coalition, won a landslide victory in the local administration committee vote, by 26 votes against only 5 votes for MP Dina Abdel Aziz.

MP Mohammed al-Husseini and MP Badawi al-Neweshy were selected as deputies for the committee, while MP Mona Gaballah was chosen for the secretary post.]]>
10/2/2019 9:06:03 PM
<![CDATA[PM Johnson to announce 'final Brexit offer' to EU]]>
In his closing speech to his Conservatives’ annual conference, Johnson will stick to his hard line on Brexit, offering the party faithful details of what he will describe as his “fair and reasonable compromise”.

However, EU diplomats and officials in Brussels, reacting to British media reports on what the proposal contained, called it “fundamentally flawed” and expressed doubt it would not be accepted.

With less than a month left until Britain is due to leave the EU, the future of Brexit, its most significant geopolitical move since World War Two, is uncertain. It could leave with a deal or without one - or not leave at all.

Ireland says reported Brexit proposal would not be basis for deal
The issue has thrown British politics into turmoil and deeply divided the country, which voted by 52% against 48% to leave the EU in a referendum in 2016.

“My friends, I am afraid that after three-and-a-half years, people are beginning to feel that they are being taken for fools. They are beginning to suspect that there are forces in this country that simply don’t want Brexit delivered at all,” he will say, according to extracts released by his office.

“Let’s get Brexit done on October 31 so in 2020 our country can move on.”

In a strategy that will define the future of Brexit, the EU and his premiership, Johnson is betting he can get enough concessions from Brussels to persuade Brexit supporters in the British parliament to ratify any deal.

Johnson has been firm that the Oct. 31 deadline will be met, but parliament has put roadblocks in his way - passing a law that requires him to ask the EU for a delay if he fails to secure an acceptable deal at an EU summit on Oct. 17-18.

On Wednesday, sterling GBP=D3 was trading at $1.2228, weighed down by fears that Johnson's proposal would not produce an agreement. [GBP/]

“MOMENT OF TRUTH”
The EU has repeatedly asked Britain to come up with “legal and operational” proposals for the changes Johnson wants to a deal that his predecessor Theresa May negotiated with the bloc last year.

“This is the moment of truth,” Conservative Party Chairman James Cleverly said, adding that the EU must see the need to compromise if it wanted to avoid a ‘no-deal’ Brexit - which would mean no measures to soften the sudden rupture of trade and cooperation agreements that have been in force for decades.

Following its rejection three times by parliament, Johnson has demanded changes to the Withdrawal Agreement, especially over new arrangements with the bloc for the border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland.

But weeks of talks since Johnson took power have made little headway, and British officials described the proposal to be announced on Wednesday as a final offer.

The Telegraph newspaper cited a briefing to European capitals to report that Britain was proposing to leave Northern Ireland in a special trading relationship with the EU until 2025, after which Belfast would decide whether to remain aligned to the bloc or return to following British rules.

“The proposal is fundamentally flawed,” a senior EU official said. “This won’t fly. Johnson has chosen a confrontation,” an EU diplomat dealing with Brexit said separately. “The remaining options are – the original, Northern Ireland-only backstop with some modifications, or an extension.”

“NOBODY WILL WORK ON DELAY”
The proposal would be aimed at replacing the so-called backstop — an insurance policy to prevent the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland — that has become the biggest hurdle to securing an agreement with Brussels.

A senior British government official said: “The government is either going to be negotiating a new deal or working on ‘no deal’ — nobody will work on delay.”

“We will keep fighting to respect the biggest democratic vote in British history. The EU is obliged by EU law only to negotiate with member state governments, they cannot negotiate with parliament, and this government will not negotiate delay.”

Johnson is gambling that, by taking a hard line on Brexit, he will steal votes from others such as the Brexit Party, led by veteran eurosceptic Nigel Farage, at an election widely expected to come before the end of the year.

In senior EU official in Brussels asked: “Is Johnson’s motive to position himself well for the blame game or does he genuinely want a deal? Probably we will only know at the summit.”

Johnson also has the main opposition Labour Party in his sights, and will use his speech to attack its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who has led efforts to try to block a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

“Can you imagine another three years of this? That is the Corbyn agenda – stay in the EU beyond October 31, paying 1 billion pounds ($1.2 billion) a month for the privilege, followed by years of uncertainty for business and everyone else,” he will say.

“That is why we are coming out of the EU on October 31. Let’s get Brexit done - we can, we must and we will.”

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10/2/2019 1:01:42 PM
<![CDATA[How Egyptian law faces fake accounts on social media]]>
Article 24 of Law No. 175 of 2018 on combating information technology crimes stipulates that anyone who creates an email, website or special account and falsely attributes it to another person shall be punished by imprisonment for a period not less than 3 months and a fine of not less than LE 10,000 and not exceeding LE 30,000.

In case the offender uses the postal, site or artificial special account in an abusive order, the penalty shall be imprisonment for a period not less than ayear and a fine of not less than LE 50,000 and not more than LE 200,000.

In the same context, article no. 303 of Egypt’s Penal Code stipulates that the penalty of insulting or harassing using telecommunications equipment, whether via telephone, email or other means of communication on social media,leads to a fine of not less than LE 500 and not more than LE 20,000, lawyer Abdul Rahman Anani said.

Law enforcement investigators and prosecutors are currently focusing on the Electronic Crimes law, especially after the hacking of personal accounts of some famous personalities.

On May 29, the Egyptian authorities arrested a Lebanese citizen, namely Mona al-Mazbouh, over posting a video on her Facebook account talking about several situations that triggered her anger while spending her vacation in Cairo.

In June 2018, Egyptian Attorney General Nabil Sadek ordered to hold Mazbouh in detention for four days pending investigations over accusation of “insulting Egyptian people and the president”, amid calls from the Egyptian parliamentarians to bar her from entering Egypt.

Mazbouh also described President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as “unjust”, spitting on the Egyptians and insulting Egyptian women.

On May 11, security forces arrested AmalFathy Abdel-Tawab, who was reported to be a member of the April 6 Youth Movement. Abdel-Tawabwas detained for six days pending investigations over accusations of defamation, insulting the Egyptian state and assaulting Banque Misr employees.

Abdel-Tawab started a live video on her Facebook page, while angrily-telling a situation that happened to her as she was finishing the procedures of reactivating her bank account; she started to mention several bureaucratic situations that delayed the procedures for a long time.
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10/1/2019 4:26:44 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi approves law regulating medical profession]]>
The new law included amendments to articles 2 and 3 of the previous law.

Under the introduced amendments, those holding a bachelor's degree in medicine and surgery from an Egyptian university after a six-year study period are required to spend a one-year mandatory training to be eligible for registration in the health ministry's relevant register.

However, the mandatory training period is one year longer for those who got their degrees after a five-year study.

Also eligible for registration are the graduates holding a foreign qualification equivalent to the degree granted any Egyptian faculty of medicine.

According to Article (3), graduates must pass the national medical practice test initial registration, which is valid for five years to be renewed for similar periods.

Based on the amendments to Article (2), graduates undergoing mandatory training will be entitled to a monthly training payment equal to 80 percent of the total pay received by resident doctors.

Moreover, amendments to Article (3) will apply to graduates of 2018-2019 academic year onward.

The law has been published in the official gazette. ]]>
10/1/2019 2:11:24 PM
<![CDATA[Putin, Rouhani to discuss situation in Strait of Hormuz, Iran nuclear deal]]>
"The sides will discuss tensions in the Strait of Hormuz and certainly the situation with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) [on the Iranian nuclear problem]," Tass news agency reported, quoting Peskov as saying while commenting on the talks’ agenda.

He recalled that the 60-day deadline set by Iran was expiring, prompting Tehran to take further steps to scale back its commitments under the JCPOA. "This is certainly an issue of concern. So far, all initiatives, for example by France, have failed to produce desirable results and the situation remains tense," Peskov added.]]>
10/1/2019 12:26:38 PM
<![CDATA[Russia vows response to new US sanctions ]]>
Moscow will respond to the new US sanctions, which it considers unreasonable, Russia's Foreign Ministry said. It also called on Washington to stop playing absurd sanction games.

"We are extremely surprised with the new portion of anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the US administration on 30 September. They target randomly selected Russians, a Taiwanese citizen, commercial organizations registered in the Seychelles, the Czech Republic and a number of other countries, several aircraft and ships. It’s unclear what forced Washington bureaucrats to include them all in one list, and what the planes and ships have to do with the interference in the American elections," the ministry said in a commentary.

"As before, this anti-Russian move will not go unanswered. At the same time, we urge American politicians to stop playing the absurd sanctions games, which always bring zero results, to come back to common sense," the ministry stressed. ]]>
10/1/2019 12:22:16 PM
<![CDATA[Amnesty International parts ways with human rights, sinks in sea of politics: SIS]]>
Here is the full statement transcript:

Amnesty International (AI) posted a reply on its Arabic Facebook page to a statement released by Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS) on September 28.

SIS’s previous statement addressed a tweet posted by AI accusing the Egyptian authorities of restricting the right to freedom of movement by closing 4 Metro stations in Cairo on Friday September 27.

Despite AI’s claim that its reply was to SIS’s statement, it actually did not address its content and took advantage of the opportunity to keep throwing unfounded accusations and propagating false, unverified information regarding the situation in Egypt.

In this context SIS would like to clarify the following points:

-AI’s Facebook post focused on marginal points in SIS’s statement, and it intentionally pulled away from its real purpose. SIS’s statement made absolutely no comparisons between Egypt and France, it rather offered examples of measures taken by some states (France & Britain) similar to the measures taken by Egypt and how AI reacted in these cases. Its truly astonishing that AI referenced an older statement of theirs released on the 26th of August 2019 regarding France, and oddly enough the statement never accused the French government of violating the right to freedom of movement as it did with Egypt. This proves that AI when tackling Egyptian affairs is still moved by its political inclinations rather than its supposed role as a human rights organization.

-AI’s statement ignored the international legal text that SIS used to support its previous response to AI’s tweet, and that is the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Article 12 of ICCPR allows States to restrict the right to freedom of movement in certain cases including protecting national security and preserving public order, and this was reaffirmed by the Human Rights Committee in its 67th session (1999).

-The conditions stipulated by article 12 of ICCPR were clearly present in the measures taken by Egypt, as calls for violence and incitement were circulated on social media outlets, and also information of the possibility of killings and sabotage across the country was received; In fact, a number of Military officers and soldiers lost their lives on this very days during counter terrorism operations in some parts of North Sinai on the very same day and this proves what was presented by SIS in this context. However, it seems that AI is moved by its political tendencies not its human rights message.

-SIS stresses that the like any other state whose constitution and law uphold the right to peaceful assembly the Egyptian State respects this right which is constitutionally guaranteed after taking the necessary measures stipulated by the competent law. Egypt like most countries carefully applies article 21 of the ICCPR in regulating the right to peaceful assembly through the law and part of article reads No restrictions may be placed on the exercise of this right other than those which are prescribed by law and which are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, public order (ordre public), the protection of public health or morals or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. On the ground the competent authorities did not receive any notification for demonstrations from any political organizations or civil associations or citizens in accordance with Egyptian laws regulating protests over the past days; The explicit questions that AI has to answer in this context are, Does AI’s ignoring of Egyptian legal requirements regulating the right to peaceful assembly represent a clear bias or even encouragement of breaking the law which is stipulated by ICCPR? And does this mean that AI is pushing the situation in Egypt to a state of “creative” or “uncreative” chaos to reach goals dictated by its political leanings and alliances?

-AI insisted that the number of those arrested over the past few days exceeded 2200, and it based this figure on figures released by local and international organizations that may be disguised under a human rights cover, while their core is surely politicized and carries enmity to the Egyptian government. On the other hand, AI completely ignored the official figures in the statement released by the Public Prosecutor, and here we invite AI to read the statement if they haven’t read it or reread in case they did so that they can get to know the nature of the circumstances surrounding the arrests, as these arrests were carried out in accordance with legal measures and they certainly cannot be considered arbitrary detentions as AI claims. The Public Prosecutor’s statement said on that around 1000 defendants were questioned in the presence of their lawyers until last Thursday in accordance with the sound legal measures that come in agreement with the rights stipulated by the Egyptian constitution and the law. The prosecution is still undertaking the investigation to reach the truth along with the defence of the defendants, and will reach a final decision for each of them.

The same very real and vital questions are still being raised regarding the political motives of AI which insists on adopting a politicized narrative that serves the interests of political actors some of which are opposed to the Egyptian government and others who carryout acts of terrorism against Egyptian citizens and institutions.
By that, AI basically does away with long established traditions in the field of human rights that AI seems to be departing rapidly to sink in the world of politics were the Machiavellian concept of the ends justify the means prevails.
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9/30/2019 3:15:14 PM
<![CDATA[5th parliamentary session to kick off Oct. 1]]>
Another plenary session will be held on Wednesday to announce the members of the 25 parliamentary committees and receive any suggestions or objections.

In 2020, the elections of the Municipal Councils, the House of Representatives, and the newly-introduced senate will take place.

What to know about Municipal Councils in Egypt

CAIRO - 19 September 2019: The current Egyptian constitution promulgated in 2014 and amended in 2019 regulates the role and elections of municipal councils. Article 180 provides that each municipal unit elects a council every four years through a secret ballot.





Revived by a public referendum in April this year, the Senate is believed to be of great importance to the political life in Egypt. Political parties affirm that the awaited legislative body will include competent figures, and that it will contribute to completing the democracy and legislation pillars in the country.

The Senate is concerned with studying and proposing what it sees as a tool to consolidate democracy, support national unity, social peace, the basic values of society, supreme values, rights, freedoms and public duties, as well as deepen and expand the democratic system, according to Article 248 of the constitution.

The Senate shall consist of a number of members determined by law, no less than 180 members. Two-thirds of the members of the Council of Representatives shall be elected by direct secret universal suffrage. The President of the Republic shall appoint the remaining third and the elections shall be held in accordance with the law.

According to Article 249 of the Constitution, the opinion of the Senate shall be taken as follows:

- Proposals for the amendment of one or more articles of the Constitution.

- Projects concerning the general plan for Social and Economic Development

- Treaties of reconciliation and alliance and all treaties relating to the rights of sovereignty.

- Draft laws supplementing the Constitution and others referred to Senate by the President of the Republic.

- What the President of the Republic refers to the Senate concerning the general policy of the State or its policy in Arab or foreign affairs.

The Council shall give its opinion on these matters to the President of the Republic and the President of the Council of Representatives.
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9/30/2019 1:56:39 PM
<![CDATA[Palestinian delegation in Cairo to promote economic cooperation]]>
In his speech that came at the beginning of the Palestinian Cabinet’s meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Ashtayyeh said the Palestinian government is ready to carry out the general elections once the president issues a decree.

Ashtayyeh thanked Saudi Arabia for its support to the Palestinian people by issuing a decision during its 76th annual meeting held in Jeddah to fund Al-Aqsa and Jerusalem Fund with $50 million to implement development projects in Palestine.

In September 2019, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi affirmed Egypt's keenness on the restoration of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and the establishment of their independent state, in accordance with the international accords.

Sisi met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi said, on the sidelines of the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

For his part, Abbas expressed his appreciation for Egypt's efforts and historic unchangeable stance towards the Palestinian cause, highlighting the depth of relations between the peoples of the two countries.

Abbas also praised the Egyptian efforts to achieve reconciliation between Palestinian factions, affirming willingness to continue the coordination with Egypt on various issues of mutual concern, Radi said.

The presidents also discussed the developments of a number of regional and Arab issues.

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9/30/2019 1:16:50 PM
<![CDATA[PM Johnson's spokesman denies groping allegations as party conference opens]]>
As Johnson prepares to lead the United Kingdom out of the European Union on Oct. 31, his past relations with several women have come under scrutiny. The allegations overshadowed the Conservative Party’s annual conference which opened on Sunday.

Charlotte Edwardes, a columnist, wrote in The Sunday Times that Johnson had groped her at a lunch in 1999 when he was editor of The Spectator magazine.

“Under the table, I feel Johnson’s hand on my thigh. He gives it a squeeze,” Edwardes wrote. “His hand is high up my leg and he has enough inner flesh beneath his fingers to make me sit suddenly upright.”

Edwardes said that after the meal, she confided in another woman who had sat on the other side of Johnson. The other woman said Johnson had also groped her, Edwardes said.

The prime minister’s spokesman told reporters: “This allegation is untrue.”

After the denial by Downing Street, Edwardes said on Twitter: “If the prime minister doesn’t recollect the incident then clearly I have a better memory than he does.”

Finance minister Sajid Javid repeatedly refused to address the allegations when questioned on Monday but said the prime minister had said they were untrue.

“I’ve talked to the prime minister about that and first of all he couldn’t be clearer - absolutely clear - that they (the claims) are completely untrue,” Javid told the BBC.

London’s Labour-run local government said on Friday it had referred Johnson to Britain’s police watchdog for potential investigation over allegations of misconduct involving a U.S. businesswoman while he was mayor of London.

The referral follows allegations, first reported by The Sunday Times, that when Johnson was mayor, he failed to declare close personal links to tech entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri who received thousands of pounds in public business funding and places on official trade trips.

Asked about the referral, Johnson’s spokesman said: “The prime minister as mayor of London did a huge amount of work when selling our capital city around the world, beating the drum for London and the UK.”]]>
9/30/2019 11:18:49 AM
<![CDATA[In rare interview: Fethullah Gulen rebukes Turkish regime ]]>
The well-guarded house, where Gulen lives, lies in a mountainous area and its location is kept secret. Dihy clarified that the crew had to ride from New York in a vehicle that belongs to Gulen so they would not know the precise address or route.

Before starting the interview, Dihy took a tour in Gulen’s library and bedroom to show the great number of books in the former and austere life of “the master” in the latter. The interview was broadcast on Saturday on Ten TV channel. Although it should have lasted for 15 minutes because of the poor health condition of Gulen, the duration of the interview was about 20 minutes.



The beginning was with the tensions the Egyptian-Turkish relations have been experiencing since the ouster of late President Mohamed Morsi mid-2013. Gulen said he had never learnt that an Egyptian official had ever offended the Turkish people criticising Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan for insulting the Egyptian president when “the 2013 events” occurred as that has caused a deterioration in Turkish-Egyptian ties. Commenting on the political change that happened that year, Gulen highlighted that there is a difference between a change aimed at pushing through reforms and a change that gives rise to ambiguity condemning the Turkish regime’s stance on Egypt.

Driven by political reasons, Turkish officials tend to provoke controversies with Egyptian counterparts, Gulen said expressing doubtness they would restore relations with Egypt despite claims they are willing to achieve a reconciliation. Gulen thinks the duration of the rift is very long and that his country’s decision-makers are elusive, which makes improvement in relations almost impossible.

“Those who lead the country are not natives to Anatolia...They do not hold its values...despite they pretend they do...There are suspicions they came from the North. They adopted an Islamic discourse to remain in power...The Service Movement supported them for a while,” Gulen laments.

Gulen revealed that Erdogan sought his guidance when he first started his political project, and he gave him some advice after he had learnt that the incumbent Turkish president graduated from Imam Hatip schools [religious schools] and does not hold a high degree. Erdogan claims he holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Marmara University but it is unlikely as the Turkish law banned graduates of religious schools from attending public universities at the time he was supposedly a high-education student.

However, once he became in office, Erdogan targeted the Service Movement and shut off its educational institutions, where smoking, drugs, and alcohol were banned. He did it because such establishments did not comply with his internal and external agendas. Erdogan admitted he changed three ministers to do the shuttings, Gulen said adding that members of the regime have shown their true colors since the corruption and bribery investigations that took place on December 17, 2013 and December 25, 2013 2013.

Leaked phone calls unveil corruption of the Erdogans

CAIRO - 29 September 2019: Extra News TV channel broadcast on Saturday a compilation of leaked phone calls that took place in December 2013 between Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan and his son Bilal about getting rid of large amounts of cash they possessed after a corruption case was broken by the Turkish authorities.




Gulen stated that Erdogan charged those involved in investigating corruption cases of being sympathizers of the Service Movement, which is a possibility he completely discards. Those included security and judiciary personnel.

Gulen stated that Erdogan wanted to take a grip on the Turkish Armed Forces as he aimed to restructure the military institution to match his interests, and that he persecuted sympathizers with the Service Movement.

“The Service Movement’s philosophy is about combating three things, ignorance, poverty and conflict.. Coexistence, cooperation and agreement are among the means of seeking heavenly support...I do not know the number of those who sympathize with our ideology but it found resonance among many,” Gulen said.

“The master” suggested that democracy is the best option for societies characterized by diversity and heterogeneity clarifying that those features apply to both Egypt and Turkey as they house many segments of Muslims and Christians as well as atheists. Hence, Gulen proposes that the administration system must be tolerant to not create hostilities, which have become common in Turkey.

Gulen said he does not know if the political leadership promote hatred in the Turkish society on purpose or unwillingly adding that the members of the regime are not experienced in politics. The cleric has reservations about the current Turkish constitution as he thinks it does not guarantee the rights of all social segments and ethnicities like Kurds.

“Erdogan does not listen to anyone, particularly us. He accuses us of terrorism. They sentenced me in absentia to life,” Gulen answered when asked about the message he would send to Erdogan saying that many Western and Muslim-majority countries can unite to stand against his tyranny.

Many African and Muslim-majority countries hold respect and admiration for Egypt perceiving it as a role model, Gulen said adding that is why he believes Egypt can achieve unity and promote cooperation among those countries.

After the attempted coup against the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) regime in 2016, Gulen and the Service Movement were accused of standing behind it. Since then, more than 77,000 working in state institutions, the private sector and media have been detained, as reported by Reuters.
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9/29/2019 8:01:26 PM
<![CDATA[No country has the right to deprive other state from water: UNGA Chief]]>
“Water is a human right [...] this problem must be solved through negotiation,” Tijjani said in the meeting, which was attended by a number of EMPA members. He affirmed that finding a solution to the current dispute between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will be on his agenda’s priority, saying that he will be on contact with Ethiopia, sudan and Egypt to reach a diplomatic solution.

With leaders of the international community President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has tackled the crisis of disagreement between Egypt and Ethiopia and its threat to the Egyptians, said Abou el-Enein,

“Egypt is not against Ethiopia over building the Renaissance dam and the president pays more attention to strengthen the Egyptian relations with the African countries, “ Abou el-Einein said.

“Entering the phase of filling the dam, unilaterally by Ethiopia, and without reaching agreements or regulatory framework with the participation of the three countries, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, is a dangerous indicator,” he added.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the controversial and under-construction Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) as Cairo voiced its concern over its 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 has begun in 2014. One year later, the three countries reached an agreement, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be affected by the construction of the dam. However, the two countries recently blamed each other for hindering a final agreement concerning the technical problem.

Sameh Shoukry told Al Monitor in New York that the Ethiopian development should come at the expense of the lives of Egyptians.

He added that the disagreement is a “scientific issue”, saying “science should not be manipulated politically.” The problematic point between Egypt and Ethiopia is related to the period of filling the dam’s reservoir with water; Egypt has recently submitted the Ethiopian and Sudanese sides a proposal to fill the dam’s reservoir over seven years. The dam’s capacity is 73 billion cubic meters of water and this means that Egypt will lose 10 billion cubic meters annually of its 55.5 water share over the proposed period. However, Ethiopia rejected the offer.


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9/29/2019 6:48:12 PM
<![CDATA[Solution options of GERD dispute up to Egypt: AL]]>
“It is up to the Egyptian government to decide what to do [...]. There are countries [in the international community] ,that have influence and provide assistance. There is also the international law, the United Nations and the UN Security Council. A lot of steps available to take,” he said in a televised interview with “Al-Youm” T.V. program on DMC channel on Sunday.

Since September 20, 2019, Egypt has started diplomatic escalation to expand the domain of discussions on the dam so it becomes no longer confined to a bilateral or trilateral level.

President Sisi said Egypt has always adopted policies that favor dialogue, emphasizing that the dam will not be operated by the “imposition of a status quo.” “We have no other water source but the Nile River,” the president stressed.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the controversial and under-construction Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) as Cairo voiced its concern over its 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 has begun in 2014. One year later, the three countries reached an agreement, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be affected by the construction of the dam. However, the two countries recently blamed each other for hindering a final agreement concerning the technical problem.

Sameh Shoukry told Al Monitor in New York that the Ethiopian development should come at the expense of the lives of Egyptians.

He added that the disagreement is a “scientific issue”, saying “science should not be manipulated politically.” The problematic point between Egypt and Ethiopia is related to the period of filling the dam’s reservoir with water; Egypt has recently submitted the Ethiopian and Sudanese sides a proposal to fill the dam’s reservoir over seven years. The dam’s capacity is 73 billion cubic meters of water and this means that Egypt will lose 10 billion cubic meters annually of its 55.5 water share over the proposed period. However, Ethiopia rejected the offer.
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9/29/2019 5:56:27 PM
<![CDATA[LE 250K penalty for violating code of media honor]]>
Article 23 of the Executive Regulation stipulates that violating the Code of Professional Press and Media Honor or the standards approved by the Supreme Council for Media Regulation or incitingthe commitment of a criminal offense requires the imposition of one of the following penalties:Drawing attention, warning, a fine not exceeding LE 250,500or the equivalent in foreign currency.

The penalties included banning publishing or broadcasting the infringing material for a specified period, blocking the website for a specified period or permanently, and blocking the personal website if followedby more than 5,000 followers.

Egypt has proposed various practical measures and anti-cybercrime laws aiming to curb premeditated fake information and face the widespread fake news that threatens national security and the interests of the state.

On March 14, 2018, the Egyptian Parliament’s Telecommunications and Information Technology Committee came out with new amendments to the government’s anti-cybercrime law.

The amendments include setting a six-month imprisonment and a fine not less than LE 100,000 ($5,670) and not more than LE 500,000 for anyone found to be deliberately tinkering with an internet connection.

In mid-February, 2018, the Cabinet referred a draft anti-cybercrime law to Parliament for discussion, which included posing surveillance on social media and limiting the spread of fake news, particularly news inciting violence.

The long-awaited draft law was sent to Parliament to be discussed, as the law has an indispensable role in dealing with the rumors that are not easily monitored on social media.

First introduced before Parliament in May 2016, the 33-article draft law was proposed to criminalize illegal electronic practices, such as electronic fraud and encouraging terrorist practices; however, activists and rights defenders perceive the penalties stipulated by the law as very harsh and as a restriction of the freedom of expression, according to various news outlets.

The punishments in the draft law range from a month in prison to the death penalty should, in the latter case, the cybercrime result in the death of someone or be considered a threat to national security. The law also stipulates other penalties, such as blocking sites and canceling their licenses according to court judgments.

Additionally, the Supreme Council for the Administration of the Media will be regulating social media accounts and blogs, which have been officially categorized as “media outlets” in Egypt.It will have the authority to block websites and file criminal complaints against any account that is "inciting people to violate laws" and that is spreading "defamation against individuals and religions." ]]>
9/29/2019 3:49:56 PM
<![CDATA[Shoukry stresses need to remove Sudan from state sponsor of terrorism list ]]>
This came during Shoukry's speech to a high-level event about Sudan, held on the sidelines of the 74th meetings of the UN General Assembly (UNGA74) in New York, according to a statement issued by spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez.

Egypt is keen on supporting Sudan through its transitional phase, the top diplomat noted, greeting the Sudanese government and people on what they had achieved lately towards stability.

The minister called on the international community to offer all kinds of support to the new Sudanese government.

Sudan was classified as a state sponsor of terrorism in 1993 under former U.S. President Bill Clinton, isolating from financial markets and stifling its economy.

Washington lifted a 20-year trade embargo on Sudan in 2017, and was in discussions about removing it from the U.S. terror list when the military intervened on April 11 to oust Bashir, who ruled Sudan for 30 years.


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9/29/2019 3:27:55 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's FM urges resolving disputes in Kashmir via dialogue]]>
India stripped its portion of Muslim-majority Kashmir of autonomy and statehood on Aug. 5, shutting off phone networks and imposing curfew-like restrictions in some areas to dampen discontent, Reuters reported.

Some of those curbs have been relaxed, but mobile communications in the Kashmir valley are largely still blocked, and more than a thousand people are likely to still be detained, according to official data.

Meeting on Saturday with his Indian counterpart, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Shoukri congratulated him for being appointed as foreign minister in the new Indian government, formed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Foreign Ministry's spokesman Ahmed Hafez said.

The meeting reviewed aspects of bilateral relations between Egypt and India and the significant developments these relations have witnessed in recent years.

Shoukry stressed the keenness to continue to push forward the frameworks of bilateral cooperation between the two countries during the coming period, especially the economy and investment fields. He referred to the growing Indian investments in the Egyptian market.]]>
9/29/2019 3:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Leaked phone calls unveil corruption of the Erdogans]]>
The Turkish president told his son that “they launched operations in the morning, and they inspected the houses of” SOCAR Senior Adviser for Capital Markets Ali Aghaoghlu, gold dealer Reda Darab, “the son of Dhafer and the son of Moamar,” himself, and 18 others. Erdogan said the inspection was in relation to a major corruption case.



Last year, Darab, who was arrested in the United States in 2016, pleaded guilty in a lawsuit over helping Iran violate US sanctions, as reported by TNT. He was also a witness in the case against former executive of Turkish state-owned Halkbank Mehmet Hakan Atilla.

The latter was convicted last year of repatriating millions of petrodollars in the form of gold to Iran helping it circumvent sanctions. Atilla was arrested in 2017 in the United States but he was released and deported earlier this year after spending a few months in prison. That lawsuit implicated the incumbent Turkish president himself.

Erdogan instructed his son to move the belongings immediately. Belal’s response was “what do I possibly possess? It’s your money that is in the safe.” The Turkish president replied, “that’s what I am saying. I will send your sister Sumeyye.” He explained that his daughter was informed of the same developments and asked Belal to tell his elder brother as well and to know if he “possesses something.” Erdogan told Belal to call his uncle (the Turkish president’s brother), and tell him to “move the stuff out in the same way,” and to talk to his aunt’s husband as well. The aunt is the sister of the Turkish president.

Belal asked where the possessions should be put and Erdogan answered in “specific and special” places. A female voice next to Erdogan said “Beirat,” so Belal exclaimed and said “Beirat also has money!” The Turkish president replied, “meet them now and take your uncle with you.” Erdogan added he does not know if his own brother has money or not, and instructed Belal “to do something with his elder brother,” the Turkish president’s other son.

Belal enquired if his father would inform his sister, Sumeyye, of the place to which the money will be moved. The Turkish president replied, “Yes. Do something. Think of someone among you all. Think with your aunt’s husband and others.”

“We will see what we will do,” Belal responded. His father said they both must keep in touch until 10 o’clock because he was heading to Konya.

Erdogan family
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (L), accompanied by his son Bilal and daughter Sumeyye, greets his supporters at the AK Party headquarters in Ankara March 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

In another phone call, Belal told his father, “we met with Hassan, my elder brother, Beirat and my uncle. We think of several things. Beirat suggests giving part of the money to [businessman] Farouq Kalyongo and he will manage like he did with the other money… The other part we can give it to [businessman] Mohamed Gur. We will tell him to put it in the project we started together… In that way, the amount will be reduced and the rest can be put in different places.”

The Turkish president told Belal to go ahead and asked if Sumeyye had arrived. Belal said she got home and would later catch up with them. He reassured his father that the matter is over and that it would be resolved on the same day. Erdogan asserted the importance of getting rid of all the money.

On December 17, 2013 at 15:39, Erdogan asked Belal if he finished the other tasks he had assigned him. The answer was, “everything will be over today evening. We resolved it partially.” Belal said that they got rid of the money possessed by Beirat and that Mohamed Gur was about to receive the amount they planned to give him. “After the sunset, we will get rid of the other part,” Belal confirmed. The Turkish president asked what his daughter, Sumeyye, would do. Belal said she moved the money and took care of “both matters,” and that they would meet at night.

On the same day, Belal asked his father if he had called him as he received a call from a private number. The Turkish president negated he was the caller and enquired about what they had done so far. Belal told him that they got rid of a big portion and that €30 million were remaining. Belal said that Beirat suggested giving €25 million to businessman Ahmed Galik, and buying with the rest an apartment in Sehrizar Residences.

Erdogan questioned why they had not given Mohamed Gur all the money and concluded the matter. His son said they gave him €20 million, and were not able to give him more than that amount. He added that the place where Gur put the money had not enough space for more, and that they gave €10 million to a businessman called Tong, who said he could not take more.

The Turkish president drew his son’s attention to not talk about such matters blatantly over the phone and to manage as they see appropriate. He added that he would not be able to join them in the evening as he would stay in Ankara.

On December 18, 2013 at 10:58, Erdogan called Belal to make sure all the money had been moved and the answer was yes. However, Belal informed his father that the money, worth $730 million and 300,000 Turkish lira and put in the houses of Samandira and another city, will be given to Faek Ishik, lawyer and member of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), as they owe him a million Turkish lira. The rest would be given to “the academy.”

The Turkish president questioned why they had kept such money in the first place. Belal’s answer was that they were surveilled by cameras all the time. Belal asked about the identity of those who monitor their moves but was assured by the Turkish president that they took “some measures in Istanbul,” suggesting they all have some rest.

In May 2013, demonstrators took to the streets in Istanbul to protest turning historic Gezi Park into a shopping mall within an urban development plan of Taksim area. The protests became widespread across the country against the regime led by Erdogan and his party. The number of injuries and detention cases recorded 1,000 and 3,000, respectively.
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9/29/2019 1:28:21 PM
<![CDATA[Brexit Party leader Farage says he will run in next UK election]]>
With parliament in deadlock over Brexit, a new election is widely expected to come before the end of the year.

“Of course I will stand,” Farage, whose party won the European Parliament elections in Britain in May, told Sky News when asked if he would run.]]>
9/29/2019 11:53:22 AM
<![CDATA[PM Johnson says he will not resign to avoid asking for Brexit delay]]>
Johnson has vowed to take Britain out of the EU with or without a deal, despite parliament passing a law which would require him to ask for an extension to the Brexit deadline if lawmakers have not approved a deal. He has said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” that request a delay.

Asked in an interview with the BBC if he would resign so that he did not have to ask for a delay, Johnson said: “No, I have undertaken to lead the party and my country at a difficult time and I am going to continue to do that. I believe it is my responsibility to do that.”]]>
9/29/2019 11:52:24 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt talks Ethiopia's Dam with S. Sudan, Burundi, expresses unease]]>
During his meeting, on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, with South Sudan's Awut Deng Acuil, Shoukri expressed Egypt's unease over the long duration of the GERD negotiations, stressing the importance of conducting the negotiation process in good faith so as to help reach a just and fair agreement that takes into account the interests of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan.

Shoukri expressed Egypt's willingness to strengthen its relations with South Sudan in various fields, stressing Egypt's keenness on the stability of the brotherly South Sudan.

The meeting touched on ways of boosting bilateral cooperation between the two countries, and identifying the needs of the South Sudanese side in the field of capacity building, in light of the role played by the Egyptian Agency for Partnership for Development in this regard.

For her part, Acuil expressed her country's appreciation of the Egyptian role in supporting South Sudan and stability in the region, stressing South Sudan's keenness to strengthen cooperation with Egypt in the coming period, in accordance with the mandates of the political leaderships of the two countries, in an effort to meet the aspirations and hopes of the two brotherly peoples.

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Burundi's Foreign Minister Ezechiel Nibigira, in a separate meeting, stressed his country's understanding of Cairo's position concerning the GERD negotiations, and the importance of the Nile River as the sole source of life for the Egyptian people, the spokesman said.

The two sides also exchanged views on regional and African issues of common concern, as well as ways to strengthen the mechanisms of African action in the face of common challenges, especially in light of Egypt's presidency of the African Union this year.

Burundi's foreign minister also expressed his country's appreciation of Egypt's stances supporting Burundi, at the bilateral level and in international forums, referring to the role of Egyptian companies in contributing to Burundi's development.

He stressed his country's keenness to continue coordination and consultation with Egypt on issues of the region and issues of common concern.]]>
9/29/2019 2:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Bahrain King discuss regional developments, security]]>
The King of Bahrain expressed his country’s appreciation for the efforts deployed by Egypt to maintain regional and international peace and security. The two leaders also discussed bilateral cooperation, and agreed to continue coordination and consultation over Arab affairs.

The Arab ministerial committee, made up of ministers from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt, condemned on September 12, Iran's support for the Houthi militia in targeting Saudi Arabia with ballistic missiles.

A statement by the committee condemned the ongoing support by Tehran for terrorism in the Arab region and its violation of the Security Council resolution no. 2216 (2015), which requires militia to be disarmed.

The committee also reiterated the importance of opposing Iranian attempts to threaten the security of the region’s energy supplies, as well as maritime installations in the Arabian Gulf and other shipping lanes.
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9/28/2019 5:36:35 PM
<![CDATA[Nidaa al-Sudan meetings kick off in Egypt]]>
Nidaa al-Sudan is a coalition of political parties, which are the National Umma Party, the National Congress Party, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement and the Justice and Equality Movement.

Chairman of the National Umma Party Sadeq al-Mahdi expressed appreciation for Egypt for hosting the meetings and congratulated the Sudanese people on what it achieved over the past period.

“We, Nidaa al-Sudan, assert our willpower to meet the [people’s] expectations to go through the next phase in a way that empowers Sudan to eliminate corruption created by the defunct regime and prepare for achieving peace, development, and democracy,” al-Mahdi said in the opening session of meetings that will end on Monday.

The political leader added that Sudan will need great support by neighbors and the international community.

Earlier this month, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok paid Egypt a state visit to discuss bilateral relations and present latest developments on his country’s political scene after the ouster of Former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in April.

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9/28/2019 4:10:29 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. House votes again to end Trump's border emergency declaration]]>
The Democratic-led House passed the joint resolution by 236-174, as 11 Republicans and one independent joined Democrats in casting yea votes. The Republican-led Senate approved the measure earlier this week by 54-41. Eleven of the Senate’s 53 Republicans joined Democrats favoring the resolution.

Trump used the very first veto of his presidency this March to strike down a similar measure that had cleared the House and Senate. Congress was unable to muster the two-thirds majorities in both chambers to override that veto and is not expected to do so this time.

Trump declared the emergency on the southern border to circumvent Congress and take money already designated for other programs to pay for the U.S.-Mexico border wall he promised to build during his 2016 campaign.

Trump has also made his promise to build the wall a feature of his campaign for re-election next year.

Democratic lawmakers have said Trump’s declaration was an unconstitutional power grab that undercut Congress’ constitutionally mandated power over how the national government spends public money.

Republicans insist Trump acted legally under a 1976 law known as the National Emergencies Act, and that his efforts are necessary for national security.

But Democrats dispute the contention there is an emergency at the border with Mexico, a U.S. ally.

The issue landed in the courts and Trump won an early battle in July when the conservative-majority Supreme Court voted 5-4 to block a ruling by a federal judge in California that barred him from redirecting $2.5 billion in funds.

Congress has refused to meet Trump’s demands to fund a wall, although it has provided some funds for border fencing and other barriers.

This year, Trump sought $5.7 billion in wall funding. When Congress refused, a standoff ensued that triggered a month-long partial government shutdown that ended when the president agreed to $1.37 billion for border barriers, far less than he wanted.

Trump then declared the emergency, vowing to divert funds from other accounts for the wall.

Members of Congress from both parties have been particularly unhappy about Trump shifting large amounts of money from the military budget to fund the wall, including funds for housing, schools and childcare for members of the armed forces and their families.]]>
9/28/2019 2:39:45 PM
<![CDATA[Afghan Special Forces kill, detain 7 Taliban militants in Kabul, Kapisa]]>
Military officials said the Special Forces arrested the Taliban militant in Kabul district of Kabul province.

The officials added that the Special Forces also destroyed a weapons cache during the same operation.

Furthermore, the Special Forces killed six Taliban militants during a raid in Koh Band district of Kapisa province. ]]>
9/28/2019 11:13:11 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt rejects OHCHR report on its human rights conditions]]>
The ministry’s spokesman, Ahmed Hafez, rejected what was mentioned in the report saying that it is not acceptable to see such a kind of document coming from a United Nations organ, which he criticized for lacking accuracy and being based on assumptions and impressions that only aimed at disseminating information that is contradictory to reality and facts on the ground.

He said in a statement released late Friday night that the report, as the UNCHR itself has indicated, is founded on uncertified information which only means that the allegations it contains are based on wrong perceptions and uncorroborated hearsay.

“Rushing to make judgments” is an act that reflects non-professionalism on the part of the OHCHR, he charged.

He asserted that Egyptian authorities abide by the law and act with clarity and transparency when they take legal action against any person.

He also asserted that no citizen in Egypt is detained or brought to trial for making actions that are allowed by the law or for criticizing the government. But, for sure, a citizen who commits a crime is punished for breaking the law, he added.

He made it clear that Egyptian law and constitution grant people the right to protest peacefully. “But, to exercise that right they have to comply with certain standards and rules,” including, informing the authorities concerned of their intention to stage protests and ensuring that they do not act in a way that disturbs social peace and harms the rights of other citizens, he said.]]>
9/28/2019 11:08:22 AM
<![CDATA[Foreign correspondents are carrying their work without restrictions: SIS ]]>
SIS issued several comments and stated it as following:

• Representatives of International Media outlets and especially correspondents registered by the State Information Service in Cairo have been carrying out their coverage since the morning of September 27th up until 7 pm. Only one field complaint has been filed, and it involved the brief detention of 2 photojournalists near Al Istikama Mosque during Friday prayers in Giza, Mohamed El Shahed and Farid Youssef who are employed by France 2.

• This happened when Security forces asked them for their photography permits, which they did not have with them despite the fact that those permits were granted to them by SIS. The detention did not exceed 2 hours, as SIS intervened by sending the permits of the 2 photojournalists and they were released promptly and allowed to operate freely.

• The foreign correspondents carried out their work freely and their coverage is still ongoing. And its worth mentioning that 41 accredited Media and Press establishments submitted to SIS requests for televised and photographic coverage for 195 journalists and photographers. All requests were accepted and the applicants have been granted permits for completely free coverage and photo taking in all the squares and main streets of the governorates of Cairo, Giza, Qalubiya, Alexandria and Suez in accordance with international customs.

• There are 900 accredited representatives of foreign media outlets registered with SIS and all of them operate freely in their none photographic coverage in all parts of the republic without restrictions.

• In addition to that all visiting correspondents are still operating freely and carrying out their coverage freely; Also in the past 2 days 30 visiting correspondents representing 15 foreign media and press establishments have applied for press permits and IDs to cover Friday. Permits were issued to 15 of them, and the rest were granted permits as well even though they applied on Thursday the 26th of September.
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9/27/2019 8:56:45 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt continues diplomatic escalation in GERD dispute]]>
Shoukry stressed the importance of reaching a ‘fair solution that preserves the interests of all parties and minimizes the damage, the statement said, noting that the meeting held on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74).

In a meeting with a number of U.S. influential figures, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said Egypt has started diplomatic escalation to expand the domain of discussions on the dam so it becomes no longer confined to a bilateral or trilateral level.

President Sisi said Egypt has always adopted policies that favor dialogue, emphasizing that the dam will not be operated by the “imposition of a status quo.” “We have no other water source but the Nile River,” the president stressed.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the controversial and under-construction Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) as Cairo voiced its concern over its 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 has begun in 2014. One year later, the three countries reached an agreement, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be affected by the construction of the dam. However, the two countries recently blamed each other for hindering a final agreement concerning the technical problem.

Foreign Deputy Minister for African Affairs Hamdi Loza held a meeting with African ambassadors to Egypt on Sept. 23 and 25 to update them on the latest developments the situation, saying “the negotiation on the dam among the water ministers of the three countries (Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia) stumbled due to the Ethiopian rejection to the Egyptian proposal concerning the dam reservoir filling.

Five days ago, Sameh Shoukry told Al Monitor in New York that the Ethiopian development should come at the expense of the lives of Egyptians.

He added that the disagreement is a “scientific issue”, saying “science should not be manipulated politically.” The problematic point between Egypt and Ethiopia is related to the period of filling the dam’s reservoir with water; Egypt has recently submitted the Ethiopian and Sudanese sides a proposal to fill the dam’s reservoir over seven years. The dam’s capacity is 73 billion cubic meters of water and this means that Egypt will lose 10 billion cubic meters annually of its 55.5 water share over the proposed period. However, Ethiopia rejected the offer.

“Due to this stumbling, it was decided to hold an urgent meeting for the independent scientific group in Khartoum as of the end of September and until early October, to discuss the Egyptian proposal on filling and operating processes of GERD, in addition to Ethiopian and Sudanese proposals,” the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation said in a statement on September 17.

Additional reporting Samar Samir and Noha El Tawil

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9/27/2019 3:46:28 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian community in Frankfurt renews support to Sisi amid chaos calls]]>
The community members will use such occasion to reiterate their support to Egypt's president, amid pro-Muslim Brotherhood calls to organize unlicensed protests aiming to topple the regime, said Gerges Tous, an official in an Egyptian union in Frankfurt.

The celebration will be held in the presence of Khaled Taha, the Egyptian consul in Frankfurt and a number of officials from different German cities.

"We take this celebration to renew support for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and our country and express our support, as Egyptians living abroad, to our country, Egypt, against any attempts [seeking] to harm stability and the path of development," Tous stated.

"We send a message of love to our beloved Egypt, the country that lives inside us despite the distance. We continue to offer our best to exchange relations between our beloved homeland and the countries we live in, so we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the fraternity between Cairo and Frankfurt."

"We seek, through these festivities, to provide ways of social, scientific and medical exchange. Also, in the fields of tourism, we organize delegations of Germans to visit the tourist, religious and archaeological sites of Egypt, to return to their state and convey an honorable image of our country."
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9/27/2019 3:02:30 PM
<![CDATA[Private Youm7 news website warns of fake Facebook page]]>
The fake Facebook page is believed to be part of a systematic electronic campaign to oust the president. Many pro-Muslim Brotherhood "terrorist" group persons have planned to organize protests on Friday, September 27th, incited by MB-affiliated channels broadcasting from Turkey and Qatar.

The page "promotes rumors and lies, and assaults the Egyptian state institutions and symbols," Youm7 wrote on its website. It also aims to "damage the credibility of the website and use its name to publish false news."

The private website said it would prosecute those who use the newspaper's name.



She took advantage of an anonymous page on Facebook and the name of "the seventh day", and published false news and baseless to create confusion, and abuse of state institutions.

The page used the name "the seventh day", to promote rumors and lies, in addition to abuse of the institutions and symbols of the Egyptian state.

The seventh day warns its readers of these unknown pages on social networking sites, which impersonate the institution and publish false news and rumors, aimed at hitting the credibility of the site and use his name to spread false news, which calls on the seventh day to prosecute anyone who impersonates his name.

Some unknown pages, which hide behind the terrorist Brotherhood members, have used the "logo" and the "name" of the seventh day to promote rumors and spread lies in order to undermine the stability of the homeland and harm its security.

The "Day Seven" page on Facebook is the official page responsible for publishing all the news of "Day Seven", according to the original professional rules of the press profession, which gives priority in the press industry, to produce news and information with absolute credibility, depth of analysis, and transparency In information.
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9/27/2019 1:27:23 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi: Egyptians can not be tricked, 'no worries']]>
Sisi's comments were given to a group of people and media persons, who were receiving him at the airport after his 6-day visit to New York to attend the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74).



He added that there are other people intend to "distort the reality," saying "a false and slander image is being created [on Egypt by those people]. Be cautious, those people will not let you success or live. It is a war between us and them; a small group vs a nation."

"The media has a great role to promote awareness among people and combat fake news and rumors," he continued.

"When I ask the Egyptians to go to streets, millions will respond. It is a message," President Sisi said.

The Egyptian security forces are on alert ahead of anti-government protests on Friday. The Friday protests are the second wave of rare and small protests in Egypt since April 2015, when dozens of people demonstrated against handing over the two islands of Tiran and Sanafir at the Aqaba Gulf to Saudi Arabia.

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9/27/2019 11:20:45 AM
<![CDATA[Shoukri: Egypt’s keen on boosting cooperation with the Netherlands]]>
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said in a press statement that the Egyptian top diplomat praised the relations between the two countries which date back to the twenties of the 20th century, underlining the importance of giving them a stronger impetus through increased interaction and communication.

Shoukri affirmed that Egypt looks forward to developing cooperation with the Netherland in various economic domains, commending the performance of Dutch companies operating in the Egyptian market, Hafez also said.

He urged the Dutch side to benefit from the promising investment and trade opportunities which the market in Egypt offers in light of the comprehensive economic reforms that are being successfully carried out by the government and the ambitious mammoth national projects it is implementing nationwide, according to the spokesman.

Talks between the ministers took up regional and international issues of mutual concern and the latest developments in the Middle East region and in the file of the controversial Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project, he said.]]>
9/27/2019 11:03:03 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s prosecution questions 1K protesters, urges citizens to abide by law ]]>
According to a Thursday statement, nearly one thousand of the protestors were questioned by Egypt’s public prosecution in the presence of their lawyers.

The reasons for taking part in the demonstrations varied according to the statement; as some of the participants clarified that they demonstrated as a result of the country’s economic conditions which affected their life standards. Others said that they were deceived by some posts published on Facebook pages claimed to be affiliated with the government calling Egyptians to demonstrate.

According to other testimonies, the demonstrators met with anonymous elements who called them to record and film the demonstrations in order to be displayed by some of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood TV channels and to incite Egyptians to join them.

The investigations also revealed that some well-known criminals were spotted among the demonstrators during the past days.

Another group of the protestors who were questioned denied being part of it “intentionally”, adding that they went to the streets to find out themselves if people were demonstrating or not, especially that some of the media outlets published conflicted information. Others, according to the statement said that they were at the same place of the demonstrations ‘accidentally’.

Some of the questioned demonstrators admitted seeing some groups deliberately taking part in violence acting and targeting public transport and shops, according to the statement.

The Public Prosecution also examined the questioned demonstrators’ social media accounts as they found number of fake Facebook pages and groups inciting citizens to demonstrate all over the country.

‘The admins of these fake social media accounts were identified to be arrested and questioned by the authorities’; the statement read.

Two foreigners were arrested near the protests’ locations according to the statement, including a member of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine and a Dutch man of which a high-altitude drone with high-resolution camera was found in his possession.

At the end of the statement, Egypt's attorney general urged Egyptians who wishes to demonstrate peacefully to take all legal procedures including notifying the authorities with the exact number of the demonstrators, its time and location along with respecting the regulating law in order to prevent any attempts to spread chaos in the country.]]>
9/26/2019 11:08:33 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi-Trump meeting ‘fruitful, successful’: U.S. official ]]>
In an interview with Al Arabiya TV channel, Chiusano pointed out that the United States currently prioritizes security, stability, and prosperity in the Middle East highlighting that the summit meeting tackled bilateral and regional affairs, as reported by MENA.

Chiusano stated that the cooperation between both Egypt and the United States takes place in various sectors, including economic aspects, expertise exchange programs, security, and combat against terrorism.

With regard to the Palestinian cause, Chiusano underlined the necessity to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through serious negotiations in a way that satisfies both parties. As for the Syrian crisis, the official asserted that the United States works on defeating the Islamic State (IS). The super power also supports the political process led by the United Nations and the fulfillment of the principles indicated in the UN Security Council no. 2256.

Both presidents met on Monday in New York on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 47).

Sisi, Trump mull regional topics in New York meeting

CAIRO - 23 September 2019: Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al Sisi met on Monday with his US counterpart Donald Trump on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 47) being held in New York.




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9/26/2019 6:01:00 PM
<![CDATA[NGO Forum at National Council for Women supports state against ‘terrorists’]]>
Statement of NGO Forum at the National Council for Women

We, the civil associations and institutions that have signed this statement, express our full support to our beloved homeland Egypt against all those who seek to destroy its existence and stability. We affirm our awareness of the dangers that are being woven against the homeland, and seek to divide its sons and daughters, and break up the homeland and deliver it to terrorist entities inciting and misleading to tamper with it and its capabilities. Entities that we have suffered the most because of them, and discovered that they do not believe in a homeland or citizenship and tried to destroy the homeland and fragment it.

Egypt will continue to stand firm and will continue unswervingly in its march, which is based on the arms of its sons and daughters, and its youth to continue to achieve the rise and growth of the homeland, and we call on the people of the country to maintain unity and cohesion among us to continue to build the march of the homeland.

We call on the audio-visual and print media and other social media in Egypt to support the transparent access of the facts to the Egyptian citizen and raise their awareness to participate effectively in building the country. We affirm that we must now think about more work and effort together and share it with all for the sake of uplifting our country and achieving the best for its future and the future of its children and future generations. We affirm that Egypt, the precious home that we protect with our souls is capable of confrontation and construction.

Long live Egypt.

1- Eve Future Society
2- The Foundation of Egyptian Leaders: Lead
3- Arab Women 's Association
4- Specific Union Against Practices Harmful to Women and Children
5- Women's Medical Association
6- Women 's Association for Development
7- Women Forum for Awareness and Human Rights
8- Association appeal for hearing-impaired children and children with multiple disabilities
9- Coptic Evangelical Organization For Social Services
10- Future Lights Development Est
11- Sons of Light Association for the care of blind girls
12- Helwan Foundation for Community Development (Bashayer)
13- Distinguished Egyptian Foundation for Development and Training
14- Foundation of Communication for Development Means
15- Country Association for Development Day Egypt Foundation for Health and Development
16- Egyptian Foundation for Family Development
17- Model Center for the Rehabilitation of the Blind Sisters of the Good Shepherd
18- Egyptian Center for Women 's Rights
19- Egyptians Without Borders Foundation
20- The Egyptian Education Coalition
21- Art Society for Development
22- Recovery and Life Foundation
23- Egypt Foundation for Health and Sustainable Development


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9/26/2019 5:33:05 PM
<![CDATA[‘Coptic Church prays for stability to prevail’: spokesperson]]>
“We now have a strong state that enjoys high status and respect among other states. We have effective institutions and all these are outcomes that we should preserve. That’s the responsibility of each citizen,” Priest Halim told Egypt Today.

“We should work together to achieve more stability, development, and prosperity in all realms, whether legislative, economic, or cultural,” the priest added.

The priest’s statements are comments on calls by Spain-based contractor Mohamed Ali to organize protests against the regime on Friday, September 27. Tens of citizens participated in demonstrations that lasted for very little time on Friday, September 20. Those took place mainly in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and Suez governorate after the final match of the Egyptian Super Cup.

Ali has worked with the Armed Forces Engineering Authority for 16 years before fleeing to Spain due to his indebtedness to banks and suppliers. He started in September a series of videos attacking the regime.
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9/26/2019 5:18:10 PM
<![CDATA[Ministry of Interior urges citizens to preserve public order]]>
The statement is issued amid calls by Spain-based contractor Mohamed Ali to organize protests against the regime on Friday, September 27. Tens of citizens participated in demonstrations that lasted for very little time on Friday, September 20. Those took place mainly in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and Suez governorate after the final match of the Egyptian Super Cup.

Ali has worked with the Armed Forces Engineering Authority for 16 years before fleeing to Spain due to his indebtedness to banks and suppliers. He started in September a series of videos attacking the regime.

The Ministry of Interior released on Thursday 403 prisoners in fulfillment of presidential pardons issued in August in the occasion of Eid al-Adha.

After examining all eligible prisoners’ cases, the committee in charge decided to grant 257 conditional releases, and 146 unconditional releases.

Regarding presidential pardons, they are customary to national and religious occasions. According to article 155 of the constitution, the president is allowed to issue pardons only after a final ruling is issued.

However, the perpetrators of certain crimes are not eligible for pardon. These crimes comprise arms trafficking, terrorism, drug trafficking of more than 10 kilograms, “heroin” trade regardless of the quantity, and revenge killing.
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9/26/2019 4:52:03 PM
<![CDATA[Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey planned to assassinate Sisi: Amr Adib]]>
The investigations, luckily, could disclose the scheme before it was executed, and managed to arrest a suspect, who later told police that two persons related to the scheme had rented a flat near the presidential spot at the neighborhood, according to Adib. The police arrested the two other suspects and seized a camera with them and could also find their conversations with some Turkish persons.



Adib has displayed footage from the flat they planned to use to assassinate the president. They, according to the investigations, used the cameras and advanced technology to trace Sisi and his family at Al-Maamourah.

According to Adib, the Muslim Brotherhood group planned to assassinate the president about three times before, saying that the investigations revealed that the attempts started in 2015 at the neighborhood, and that a police officer was killed as a consequence.

Subsequently, requests have been issued to secure the presidential spot in the neighborhood and complete its construction, for safety.

During his program, Adib displayed the confessions of the two suspects, believed to be part of the Muslim Brotherhood group, designated by the Egyptian state since 2013 as a terrorist organization.

The suspects admitted getting their advanced camera from Turkey to carry out the planned assassination. They also managed to get a weapon to execute their scheme. After they were arrested, they admitted reporting the president's movements to the Muslim Brotherhood fugitives in Turkey.

Egypt has designated the Muslim Brotherhood group as terrorist since late in 2013, after former President Mohamed Morsi, who also served as head of the "terrorist" group, was ousted. Morsi died in June this year after he collapsed in court during his trial.

A voice message, believed to be recorded by fugitive Hani Sabry, allegedly a Muslim Brotherhood "terrorist" group member, has asked others who he called "youth" to send him links of Facebook accounts, as part of a systematic campaign attempting to oust the president.

Moreover, MBC Masr satellite channel broadcast last Friday a footage, which showed one of the "Muslim Brotherhood" leaders calling on supporters to gather near their houses and then fill the cities' squares.]]>
9/26/2019 2:12:46 PM
<![CDATA[GERD status quo will not be forced on Egypt: Sisi ]]>
The president underlined that Egypt has always adopted policies that favor dialogue, emphasizing that the dam will not be operated by the “imposition of a status quo.” “We have no other water source but the Nile River,” the president stressed.

Sisi pointed out that 95 percent of Egypt’s surface is desert. “Any harm to [our] water shares will have a destructive impact on Egyptians...We are accountable for our citizen’s security,” the president added.

“We are not against development [in Ethiopia]. We want all of us to live and grow. Each country has its challenges and we are not against the construction of dams but not at the expense of Egypt [‘s interests] and causing it harm,” President Sisi said.

The president clarified that in 2015, Egypt and Ethiopia agreed on mechanisms to fill the reservoir within the Declaration of Principles, but technical committees failed to reach an accord.

“It is a must to come to an agreement… so we can control the amount of damages we can endure after the completion of the dam,” the president said, highlighting that Egypt already suffers from water poverty, whose level will go up because of the population growth. The country has the largest population in the Middle East at over 97 millions.

Sisi stressed that any state is normally not exposed to dangers, particularly those related to water shortages, unless it goes through a phase of weakness. He cited the situation of Iraq, which used to receive 100 billion cubic meters of water annually by 1990, but today only gets 30 billion cubic meters per annum.

He said one of the challenges that ensued from “the 2011 events” is the construction of GERD, impacting Egypt and its people. He added that it was supposed that negotiations would have taken place with the Ethiopian side if the Egyptian state was present at the time. “When the Egyptian state weakened, there was a price paid by Egyptians and there will be a price to be paid by future generations.”

GERD talks 'stumbled,' another round to be held in October

CAIRO - 17 September 2019: Another round of talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is scheduled to take place in Khartoum in October, after a two-day meeting in Cairo could not touch the technical issues.




The problematic point between Egypt and Ethiopia is a technical one related to the period of filling the dam’s reservoir with water. Ethiopia asked for 5-6 years to fill the reservoir, while Egypt asked Ethiopia to abide by the Nile water quantity flow in filling the reservoir to “avoid any significant damage on the downstream countries,” former head of the Central Department for Technical Cooperation at the Nile Sector of the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation Mamdouh Mohamed Hassan told Egypt Today in previous remarks. At least seven years filling the reservoir may not cause major drop in Egypt’s water share.

Cairo’s concern over its share was escalated 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 has begun in 2014. One year later, the three countries reached an agreement, per which the downstream countries should not be affected by the construction of the dam.

Both President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed affirmed their keenness to resume the negotiations between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan.

Additional reporting by Samar Samir
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9/26/2019 2:06:26 PM
<![CDATA[US Evangelical delegation lauds Egypt's 'religious moderation']]>
The Christian delegation praised Egypt's efforts to establish the bases of stability and moderation in the Middle East. It also hailed the positive steps Egypt has taken towards achieving development and successfully implementing the economic reform program.

The delegation also expressed its full support to the Egyptian stance concerning the decisive confrontation of terrorism.

President Sisi highlighted, during the meeting, Egypt's keenness to enhance communication and understanding with the Egyptian community to work to overcome the challenges facing the two countries.

Sisi also affirmed the country's keenness to promote the principles of equality and the refusal of discrimination between the citizens on bases of religion and sectarianism or any other elements. He also stressed the need to establish the culture of pluralism and acceptance of others, and the importance of implementing these qualities on the ground.

Concerning terrorism, the president affirmed Egypt's leadership of the war against terrorism and extremist thought, while it also carries out economic reforms to meet the aspirations of the Egyptian people.

Combating terrorism requires joint work and the adoption of a strategy at the international level, which aims at eliminating the sources of funding terrorism and supporting this global threat politically and ideologically.]]>
9/26/2019 12:15:53 PM
<![CDATA[China, Egypt coordinate on international issues: amb.]]>
Cooperation between Cairo and Beijing in various fields is booming, the ambassador said, adding that the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries is deepening.

Ambassador Liao was addressing a celebration held late Wednesday to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC).

Hosted by the Chinese ambassador, the ceremony was attended by hundreds of guests including Chinese, Egyptian and foreign diplomats.

The event was also attended by Egyptian public figures, parliamentarians, university professors, writers and journalists.

The Egyptian-Chinese relations, under the leadership of President Abdel Fatah El Sisi and his Chines counterpart Xi Jinping, have become more distinguished and comprehensive, the ambassador said.

Egypt has witnessed the first step of China's journey of success when Egypt was the first Arab and African state to establish diplomatic relations with China in 1956, he added.

Chinese investments in Egypt hit seven billion dollars, Lioa said, noting that the number of Chinese tourists to Egypt reached 500,000 in 2018.]]>
9/26/2019 12:10:29 PM
<![CDATA[White House bars Iranian officials from US as its diplomatic efforts falter]]>WASHINGTON - 26 September 2019: The Trump administration barred senior Iranian government officials from entering the United States on Wednesday, just hours after a failed attempt to renew diplomacy with President Hassan Rouhani as he attended an annual gathering of world leaders in New York, The New York Times reported.

The order followed a new round of American economic penalties against China, Iran’s largest oil customer, to further squeeze the Iranian economy and force Tehran into new negotiations to limit its nuclear and military programs.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States was still open to talking to Iran, and hoped to tamp down inflamed tensions after leaders in the United States, Europe and Arab nations blamed Tehran for attacks on oil fields in Saudi Arabia this month.

"We want peace and we want a peaceful resolution," Pompeo said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon with President Trump. "In the end, it will be up to the Iranians to make that decision whether they choose violence and hate."

The White House announced the new travel restrictions on senior Iranian government officials and their family members shortly after the news conference ended. In a statement, it described the Iranian government as a state sponsor of terrorism that threatened the stability of the Middle East and beyond.

It was an extraordinary declaration, given its timing as Rouhani and more than 80 of his top diplomats and aides were in New York attending the annual United Nations General Assembly. However, the travel ban was not expected to force them to leave; the United States generally issues visas to allow foreign leaders to come to United Nations headquarters, but tightly restricts their movements while in New York.]]>
9/26/2019 12:06:36 PM
<![CDATA[Middle East Institute proposes forming Arab coalition]]>
Salem said that the region has for so long depended on the US to resolve its issues, especially the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the issue with Iran, adding that Egypt, as the biggest Arab country, can play this role in the region.

The Middle East Institute, in coordination with the Egyptian Center for Strategic Studies, has held a conference in New York on Wednesday (Sept. 25), in participation with a number of experts from both Egypt and the US, on the sidelines of the high-level meetings of the UN General Assembly.

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A coalition consisting of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates has to be formed, in order to be able to deal with Arab divisions especially in the Gulf region, Salem said.

The region must not depend on Senior Advisor to the President of the United States Jared Kushner and his initiative when resolving the Palestinian cause, Salem said, adding that this Arab coalition has to strongly interfere in such issue without hesitation.

Speaking about Turkey, Salem said that it is one of the key players in the region, but sadly, he policies of the ruling party, led by the Muslim Brotherhood members, have caused problems with the Arab countries, according to Salem.

Salem added that a mechanism for communication can be established between the planned Arab coalition and both peoples of Turkey and Iran.

He affirmed that the Egyptian leadership seeks democracy and works on achieving economic reforms at the local level.

For his part, Khaled Okasha, head of the Egyptian Center for Strategic Studies, said that the Middle East region is suffering very different kinds of threats and geopolitical and strategic reactions.

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Concerning terrorism, Okasha said that the defeat of the Islamic State (IS cannot mean the entire elimination of the terrorist group as an ideology or as an organization. He explained that the IS is working to establish new strategies that would guarantee its survival and also the spread on the borders of the region.

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9/25/2019 10:38:37 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi says sustainable development on top of Egypt's priorities]]>
Sisi noted that the Egyptian state had formulated a national plan that integrates and contributes to the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda, as well as strategies aimed at raising the capacity of countries to achieve progress.

Speaking at the summit, Sisi called for the necessity of political commitment by all member states and the international and regional organizations towards these vital issues, and also need to consolidate efforts towards serious and sustainable joint work.

Sisi also called for enhancing efforts to provide the necessary funding for the flow of the necessary resources, in a way that commensurates with the level of ambition hoped for, and the seriousness of the challenges, without political conditionality, or attempts to impose certain models of economic and social development.

The president reviewed Egypt's efforts in this regard, saying that the country has worked on creating job opportunities, empowering women and youth, as well as upgrading the health and education sectors, and trying to strengthen the close link between building our technological capacity and achieving progress in our overall economic and social conditions.

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Sisi has arrived in New York on Saturday morning, and has held meeting with a number of presidents and leaders, including a tripartite meeting with Jordanian King Abdullah II and Iraqi President Barham Salih, where they discussed the Palestinian cause.

The Egyptian president also met with his US counterpart, where President Donald Trump said the relationship with Egypt is “better than ever before” in terms of trade and business. Trump also said he would discuss Libya with Sisi.

Sisi delivered a speech at the Health Care session of UNGA, where he emphasized the highly successful anti-Hepatitis C campaign in Egypt.

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9/25/2019 8:44:16 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Ukraine presidents discuss ties, regional issues]]>
Sisi, during the meeting, congratulated Zelensky for taking over the post, expressing appreciation for the stable bilateral relations between the two countries, and the recent growth those relations has witnessed, especially in the economy and trade sectors.

For his part, the Ukrainian President praised the close ties between the two countries, expressing keenness to push forward the efforts to develop these relations in all its forms. He also highlighted the importance of continuous coordination and consultation on issues of mutual concern, especially in light of the Egyptian central role in the Middle East and Africa.

The meeting also touched on coordination on the situation of Egyptian students in Ukraine. The President, in this regard, called on the Ukrainian side to take the necessary measures to protect the interests of those students.

The two presidents also discussed the latest developments in the region and exchanged views on a number of regional issues including the peace process, and the situation in Syria, Libya and Yemen, Radi added.

Sisi has arrived in New York on Saturday morning, and has held meeting with a number of presidents and leaders, including a tripartite meeting with Jordanian King Abdullah II and Iraqi President Barham Salih, where they discussed the Palestinian cause.

The Egyptian president also met with his US counterpart, where President Donald Trump said the relationship with Egypt is “better than ever before” in terms of trade and business. Trump also said he would discuss Libya with Sisi.

Sisi delivered a speech at the Health Care session of UNGA, where he emphasized the highly successful anti-Hepatitis C campaign in Egypt.


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9/25/2019 8:04:27 PM
<![CDATA[Muslim Brotherhood, IS bots exploit Egypt protest hashtags]]>
In a report, BBC Monitoring has noted that pro-Islamic-State groups have been using bot accounts to urge Egyptians to abandon the "futile" protests and to support the jihadist group instead.

Other analysts say that huge numbers of tweets have been sent from previously dormant accounts as well as newly created ones in crude attempts to dominate the conversation. It's not known who was behind these spam campaigns, or why.

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A pro-IS Telegram account encourages users to flood a Twitter protest hashtag


According to the report, Writer Erin Gallagher noted a large number of fake accounts posting near-identical content onto Egypt protest hashtags.

Her research found that up to 20% of Tweets using the Arabic "Tahrir Square now" hashtag originated from bot accounts posting via the IFTTT application.

If This Then That, also known as IFTTT, is a free web-based service to create chains of simple conditional statements, allowing bots to repeat the same hashtag at certain times.

The BBC Monitoring analysis shows that accounts aligned with Islamic State group have sought to capitalize on the protests by repeatedly posting propaganda videos onto trending hashtags.

At least 20 pro-IS accounts were observed reposting Islamic State videos onto Egypt protest hashtags.

One video, which described President Sisi as a "tyrant" allied with "Crusaders" (ie the West) and accused him of killing young Egyptians, was posted hourly by an account (@afaqq200) using a third-party automation service.

The account used trending Arabic hashtags "Leave Sisi" and "Tahrir Square" to gain traction, and it and other accounts involved in the campaign have since been suspended.

Jihadist social media is largely concentrated on Telegram after being forced off both Twitter and Facebook. But pro-IS accounts invariably spring up occasionally to take advantage of current events, the users knowing that they will have limited longevity.

The accounts used in this case appear to have been long-dormant ones hijacked by pro-IS users.

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Suspicious accounts used IFTTT to post large volumes of spam


Furthermore, drawing on observations made by US-based tech researcher Lobna Gouda, Ms. Gallagher pointed out that many of the spam accounts were newly-created and "used western-sounding, female first and last names, others used a series of letters such as IIIIIIIIIlII12 — with a number on the end. They were not subtle."

Gouda noticed the fake accounts and denounced them earlier in the day on Saturday.

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Gallagher points out that it's impossible to tell who was behind the pro-IS tweets "...but someone is trying to disrupt the digital trends that correspond to the protests in Egypt," she wrote.

"The protesters do not know who is behind the campaign, and it's entirely possible that it's black propaganda not associated at all with the protests, but designed to discredit and malign the protesters by attempting to link them to terrorists".

Academic Marc Owen Jones also noted a huge number of newly-created accounts spamming protest hashtags.

Prof Jones's analysis shows that nearly 1,500 of 9,713 unique accounts posting to a single hashtag had been created in September 2019. He says that, in a typical sample size, new accounts would account for less than one percent of posts.

Instead, he points out, they have been responsible for 378,000 tweets, with one account (now furiously retweeting random content, presumably to cover its true purpose) having tweeted nearly 13,000 times since its recent creation.

The vast majority of these new accounts failed to disclose their location, Prof Jones says.

Egypt Today reported in an earlier report that

Terrorist Muslim Brotherhood web trolls have been attempting to stage mass protests across Egypt through sowing discord and spreading fake news and lies about key state figures.

The grand Muslim Brotherhood scheme included the creation of ordinary Facebook groups and pages to mobilize as many citizens and sympathizers to suddenly change their names and start calling to bring down the state and demolish all signs of progress and achievement under President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

A voice message believed to be recorded by fugitive Hani Sabry, allegedly a Muslim Brotherhood "terrorist" group member, has asked others who he called "youth" to send him links of Facebook accounts, as part of a systematic campaign attempting to oust the president.

In other news, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri condemned the incitement of Turkey-linked media and Al-Jazeera TV channel against the Egyptian state by calling on citizens to participate in demonstrations promoting chaos.

In an interview with Adib, Shoukri described the calls of incitement as unacceptable, saying that they would go down the drain and would not receive any kind of response inside the country.

Shoukri considered that this incitement reflects the hatred for all the achievements of Egypt during the past five years.

He said that he responded to the questions of the local media concerning Al-Jazeera's claims about the existence of demonstrations in Egypt, adding that he called on local media crews in Egypt to monitor all squares and ensure the validity of the allegations of the Qatari channel and the channels linked to the Muslim Brotherhood organization.

"Yesterday, Al-Jazeera acted unprofessionally, in a way that causes great confusion, and expresses hatred for all what has been achieved," Shoukri stated.

Egypt has designated the Muslim Brotherhood group as terrorist since late in 2013, after former President Mohamed Morsi, who also served as head of the "terrorist" group, was ousted. Morsi died in June this year after he collapsed in court during his trial.
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9/25/2019 7:11:39 PM
<![CDATA[Free Egyptians Party slams Amnesty International ‘incitement’ against Egypt]]>
Khalil described the statement as manifesting repeated “professional lapse” by the international organization, saying that Amnesty International “misleads public opinion.”

“The call for the countries of the world to intervene to stop so called "repression of the President" is a huge failure by the organization,” according to Khalil. "I do not understand how Amnesty International came up with the term repression, and what are it signs? And how this repression happened?”

Khalil further stressed, in a statement issued by his party, that the Egyptian state institutions exercised their right to protect its facilities and citizens. “It is the right guaranteed by the Constitution and the law.”

“The state exercised its right within the legal framework against those who infiltrated and incited violence against state institutions and took legal measures against them with the presence of [the violators’] lawyers in accordance with the relevant international conventions and the provisions of the Egyptian constitution similar to other European countries that witnessed same incidents.”

Khalil said that “Amnesty International's insistence on the use of the term detention is a fraud to the public opinion, pointing there is nothing in the Egyptian law known as detention and that the Egyptian Constitutional Court ruled to abolish the detention from its laws.”

Concluding his remarks, Khalil called on Amnesty International to abide by professional standards and conduct its work impartially when tackling Egypt.]]>
9/25/2019 3:47:02 PM
<![CDATA[Kenya, Somalia hold summit meeting mediated by Egypt]]>
The Egyptian mediation occurred upon the requests of both countries and the meeting was attended by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. The purpose of the meeting was discussing bilateral disagreements. Somali and Kenyan heads of state presented their views on the issues, and agreed to form a joint committee to restore relations and reinstate trust.

There is a maritime border dispute between both countries as each claims a triangle measuring 100,000 square meters containing potential hydrocarbon deposits. As reported by Daily Nation, Kenya granted exploration permits for three oil blocks in the disputed area of the Indian Ocean.

In February, Kenya withdrew its ambassador to Somalia and expelled the latter’s envoy, as reported by The Africa Report. In May, Kenya suspended direct flights and denied three Somali officials entry triggering Somalia to prohibit its officials from attending any events in Nairobi and ban Kenyan NGOs in the country. A month later, Kenya closed a border crossing in Lamu due to security concerns.

A mediation attempt by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed earlier this year failed. Ethiopia and Kenya are part of a UN peacekeeping mission in Somalia’s Amisom to support the government against Al Shabab terrorist group. Kenya is currently building a wall on the borders with Somalia to shield the country against Al Shabab attacks.
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9/25/2019 1:08:35 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi meets Kenya's, Djibouti's leaders, talks convergence of visions]]>
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ismaïl Omar Guelleh praised the Egyptian side for accepting to hold this summit, based on the brotherly and firm relations between Egypt and both countries and the interests they all share, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.

President Sisi 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.

During the summit, the three African leaders have 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.

Sisi affirmed the need to overcome these challenges by cooperation among the African countries and the consolidation of efforts.

The tripartite summit was held at the request of Kenya and Djibouti, Radi said, in light of Egypt's chairmanship of the African Union this year, and the special relations linking Egypt with both countries.

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Sisi has arrived in New York on Saturday morning, and has held meeting with a number of presidents and leaders, including a tripartite meeting with Jordanian King Abdullah II and Iraqi President Barham Salih, where they discussed the Palestinian cause.

The Egyptian president also met with his US counterpart, where President Donald Trump said the relationship with Egypt is “better than ever before” in terms of trade and business. Trump also said he would discuss Libya with Sisi.

Sisi delivered a speech at the Health Care session of UNGA, where he emphasized the highly successful anti-Hepatitis C campaign in Egypt.]]>
9/25/2019 9:09:36 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Foreign Ministry Strongly Slams Erdogan’s Statements on Egypt]]>
In a statement issued by the foreign ministry, Hafez said that Erdogan’s baseless allegations pretend to defend justice values while in reality, they express hatred of the Egyptian people who have nothing but respect for the Turkish nation.

Hafez pointed out that Erdogan’s statements sounded ironic in the light of his sponsorship of terrorism in the region and his continued violations against the rights of the Turkish people on the flimsy pretext of fake justice and alleged freedom.

The spokesperson condemned Erdogan’s remarks as a desperate attempt to divert attention away from his regime’s deteriorated popularity and his latest domestic and international defeats.

The following facts represent undisputed evidence of Erdogan’s allegations absurdity, as the violations committed by his regime are not hidden anymore, noted Hafez.

1-There are more than 75,000 opinion and political prisoners in Turkey who include civilian and military people, this is why Turkey is witnessing a surge in building prisons.

2-Scores prisoners died due to dubious circumstances, torture, and illness as a result of the maltreatment inside Turkish prisons.

3-More than 130,000 government employees were arbitrarily fired.

4-Thousands of academics were fired and more than 3000 universities, schools, and educational institutions were closed.

5-Turkey has become one of the leading nations when it comes to oppressing and jailing journalists and media men, according to international reports.

6- Scores of Turkish people has fled their country due to the oppressive campaigns

The statement mentioned Erdogan’s sponsorship of terrorism in the different countries in the region such as Syria, and how he turned his country into a haven for extremist and outlawed terrorist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood.

The spokesperson noted how Erdogan’s regime has provided the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood with political support and media platforms which the group used to promote their destructive ideas in Egypt and the whole region.



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9/25/2019 2:42:24 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s economic reforming plan is most ambitious in history: Sisi at UNGA 74]]>
Sisi also referred to the latest threats that was posed on the Saudi Arabian oil facilities “Aramco”, saying that these threats are completely unacceptable.

He also referred to the government’s economic reforming program, describing it as “the biggest, most ambitious in history”. He added that Egyptians take all credit for bearing the country’s reforming program consequences.

Sisi said that Egypt as a founding member of the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) has always a vision and participates to face the international challenges and problems.

Regarding terrorism, Sisi clarified that Egypt has an experience for setting a plan to develop the country through countering terrorism and has always called for a comprehensive solution to face it internationally.





“Egypt has always demanded a comprehensive solution for confronting terrorism and we are able to cooperate with other countries and governments along with the UN to fight terrorism and extremism speech” Sisi stated.

Sisi called on removing Sudan from the terrorist list so the country could achieve the economic goals of which the Sudanese people aspire for their country.

He further called on the international organizations to consider the economic chances in the continent, describing Africa as the “continent of chances”.

Middle East conflicts

As per the wars and conflicts in the Middle East region, Sisi said that the Palestinian conflict needs “brave solutions” to end Palestinians' sufferings.

He also pointed out that Libya is still suffering due to the armed conflict; and that all parties in the countries should abide by the UN plan to ease the crises, reaching a political solution.

He also referred to the armed war of which Syria has been suffering through the past years, adding that an urgent solution should be reached for the Yemeni crises.

Finally, Sisi talked about Ethiopia’s Grand Dam problem saying that it is considered to be a matter of “life and existence” to Egypt, of which “we still hope to reach a consensual solution with other parties to it.”

At the end of his speech, Sisi called all international and Arab countries and governments to work collectively towards a world filled with peace.

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9/24/2019 6:10:01 PM
<![CDATA[After Thomas Cook collapse, UK PM asks why bosses got paid millions]]>
Running hotels, resorts and airlines for 19 million people a year, Thomas Cook currently has around 600,000 people abroad and will need the help of governments and insurance firms to bring them back from places as far afield as Cancun, Cuba and Cyprus.

Speaking in New York, Johnson questioned why the state should be left responsible for the actions of handsomely paid directors and said tour operators should have some sort of insurance against such debacles.

“I have questions for one about whether it’s right that the directors, or whoever, the board, should pay themselves large sums when businesses can go down the tubes like that,” Johnson said.

“You need to have some system by which tour operators properly insure themselves against this kind of eventuality.”

Thomas Cook was brought down by a $2.1 billion debt pile, built up by a series of ill-fated deals, that hobbled its response to nimble online rivals. It had to sell three million holidays a year just to cover interest payments.

With the business draining cash, Chief Executive Peter Fankhauser found its lenders were no longer willing to step in. Fankhauser has earned 8.3 million pounds ($10.3 million), including 4.3 million pounds in 2015.

The British government said it was unwilling to “throw good money after bad” to back a bail out of the company.

Reports on Monday said the Turkish government and a group of Spanish hoteliers were willing to support a 200 million pound rescue plan underpinned by a British government guarantee.

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom, however, said the sum reported would not have kept the operator going for more than a couple of weeks.

“There are all sorts of rumors flying, the fact is that 200 million (pounds) was even an underestimate of what Thomas Cook would have needed just for the very short term, for the next week or two,” she told Sky News.

“Thomas Cook is sitting on trying to service 1.7 billion pounds of debt, and it would have been a waste of taxpayers’ money to be throwing good money after bad.”

Thomas Cook’s demise, announced in the early hours of Monday, sparked alarm at hotels where some customers have been asked to pay their bills again by out-of-pocket resort owners.

“I think the questions we’ve got to ask ourselves now: how can this thing be stopped from happening in the future?” Johnson said.

“How can we make sure that tour operators take proper precautions with their business models where you don’t end up with a situation where the taxpayer, the state, is having to step in and bring people home?”

Emergency flights brought 14,700 people back to the United Kingdom on 64 flights on Monday, and around 135,300 more were expected to be returned over the next 13 days, Britain’s aviation regulator said.

“Just got to get through it,” said Anthony Tents, a Thomas Cook customer from central England trying to return home from Mallorca in Spain. “We’re going to get home but it’s just some of the people have lost their jobs, it’s terrible, isn’t it?.”

Seventy-four flights were scheduled on Tuesday, to bring back 16,500 people. More than 1,000 flights are planned.

“A repatriation of this scale and nature is unprecedented and unfortunately there will be some inconvenience and disruption for customers. We will do everything we can to minimize this as the operation continues,” Richard Moriarty, Chief Executive at Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority, said.

“We want people to continue to enjoy their holiday, so we will bring them back to the UK on their original departure day, or very soon thereafter.”

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9/24/2019 4:12:45 PM
<![CDATA[Trump ‘not concerned’ with Egypt's protests, says Sisi ‘real leader’]]>
When asked about the demonstrations, Trump said “Everybody has demonstrations…no, I am not concerned with it. Egypt has a great leader.”

The press briefing of both leaders came on the sidelines of the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.




US President Donald Trump told the reporters that it is “an honour to be with my friend the president of Egypt” as he started the meeting with the Egyptian President Sisi.

“He is a real leader, he has done some things that are absolutely amazing in a short period of time when he took over not so long ago, it was in turmoil, then it is not in turmoil anymore,” said Trump while addressing the reports covering the meeting.

“We are doing a lot of trading, a lot of business, we are talking about many different locations like Libya, I think Libya might be a subject that we are going to be discussing,” added Trump.

For his part, the Egyptian President expressed his gratitude to his American counterpart and addressed the fact that they are having their second meeting in two months, which reflects the great relations between Egypt and the US.

Sisi was keen to praise Trump’s “wisdom” in dealing with the regional challenges using the military option. He further said that the political Islamic groups will always hinder the existence of stability in the region, stressing that people in Egypt will never accept to be ruled by political Islamic groups.

Trump also described Egypt as a “special place” with its largest population in the Arab world. The American president said that his wife has been to Egypt and was “treated” so nicely, adding that the first lady loved Egypt’s pyramids.

“The pictures were something she’ll never forget,” said Trump about his wife’s visit to Egypt in October 2018.

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9/24/2019 11:26:49 AM
<![CDATA[Ethiopia’s development should not come at expense of Egyptians: Shoukry]]>Al Monitor in New York.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the controversial and under-construction Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) as Cairo voiced its concern over its 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 has begun in 2014. One year later, the three countries reached an agreement, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be affected by the construction of the dam. However, the two countries recently blamed each other for hindering a final agreement concerning the technical problem.

Shourky added in his interview that the disagreement is a “scientific issue”, saying “science should not be manipulated politically.” The problematic point between Egypt and Ethiopia is related to the period of filling the dam’s reservoir with water; Egypt has recently submitted the Ethiopian and Sudanese sides a proposal to fill the dam’s reservoir over seven years. The dam’s capacity is 73 billion cubic meters of water and this means that Egypt will lose 10 billion cubic meters annually of its 55.5 water share over the proposed period. However, Ethiopia rejected the offer.

Three days ago, Ethiopian Foreign Ministry claimed that Egypt’s proposal puts Ethiopia’s sovereignty in question, saying in remarks to Ethiopian News Agency “any move that does not respect Ethiopia’s sovereignty and its right to use the Nile dam has no acceptance.”

For his part, Shoukry affirmed that Egypt cannot violate the Ethiopian sovereignty, saying “we have no intention nor desire to infringe on anyone's sovereignty, as we would not accept the infringement on our sovereignty. But we really would like to be appraised of what the objections are.”

He added that the Nile water is a matter of live and death for the 100-million Egyptians as 95 percent of Egyptian territories is desert.

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9/23/2019 9:17:26 PM
<![CDATA[Wrap-up: Sisi talks Palestinian cause, African issues at UNGA 74]]>
Sisi has held, since then, high-level meetings, on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 47), with a number of presidents and leaders, including a tripartite meeting with Jordanian King Abdullah II and Iraqi President Barham Salih, where they discussed the Palestinian cause.

Sisi will also meet with CEOs of some international companies that are investing in Egypt or are willing to carry out investments in the African country.

Egypt, during the UNGA meeting, will also participate in the Climate and the Universal Health Coverage summits.

Tripartite summit

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Sisi, King of Jordan Abdullah and the Iraqi President Barham Salih had a tripartite summit on Sunday, September 22, on the sidelines of the UNGA meetings in New York, reported state's MENA.

The three leaders mulled the tripartite cooperation that was launched on March 24, by evaluating the regional meetings during the past six months. The three leaders discussed means to boost strategic, economic and political cooperation between their nations.

They prioritized the cooperation in investment, trade, housing and infrastructure projects.

The meeting has also discussed the latest challenges in the region and means to face them.

The three leaders asserted their full support for the Palestinian cause as a central cause in the Arab world, adding the Palestinian people must have all their legitimate rights that include an independent state and its capital is Jerusalem city in the light of the Arabian initiative and the international agreements.

The leaders said that a resolution is the only way to realize the peace that might be curbed by actions such as building new Israeli settlements as per a unilateral decision.

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The meeting urged all the regional powers to take advantage of the latest defeat suffered by the terrorist groups in the region by facing the states and entities that fund and support terrorists in the region.

The leaders expressed their full support for the Iraqi efforts to rebuild the state and help the displaced citizens from the lands that were once captured by the defeated terrorist group of ISIS.

The leaders called for a political solution for the current regional crises in Syria, Libya, and Yemen as per the Security Council’s decisions to preserve the unity of the Arab lands and the regional National Security.

The leaders were keen to condemn the latest drone attack on oil facilities owned by the Saudi giant energy firm Aramco, asserting the importance of the Arab Gulf security as an essential component of the region’s security.

American Chamber of Commerce

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Sisi said Sunday that the successful implementation of Egypt’s economic reform program and its unprecedented positive results were due to “great Egyptians’ strong determination and will, not only as a result of the political will or the efficiency of the program itself.”

Sisi’s remarks came during his participation in a banquet hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in his honor in New York, with the presence of the First Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce, the Chairman of the American-Egyptian Business Council, and a large number of leaders from major American companies.

He further stressed Egypt will continue in its comprehensive reform path, aiming to achieve sustainable development, and improve Egyptians’ living standards, adding that reform program implemented in cooperation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been prepared in accordance with Egyptian national requirements.

In an open discussion with U.S. companies’ leaders, Sisi praised strategic relations between Egypt and United States, and both countries concern to enhance those relations.

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He also showed his keenness to communicate directly with the U.S. business community “to promote frank and direct dialogue on the opportunities and challenges in the joint work between both sides, as well as to identify the problems and obstacles facing investors and work to resolve them,” said Presidency Spokesperson Bassam Rady.

President Sisi expressed appreciation for the role played by the American Chamber of Commerce and the American-Egyptian Business Council in supporting economic and trade relations between both Egypt and America.

In this context, President Sisi expressed Egypt’s aspiration to increase the contribution of American companies in the development process in the country, and to participate in the undergoing Egyptian mega projects to benefit from the great opportunities offered by the Egyptian economy.

Spokesman Rady added that “U.S. companies’ leaders lauded the development boom that took place Egypt, appreciating the role played with President Sisi to promote stability in the country, which is a focal point for the stability of the entire Middle East region.”

Heads of American companies, who participated in the banquet, also hailed the measures taken to improve and encourage the investment environment in the country, affirming their keenness to continue working to enhance American investments in Egypt in various fields.

Palestinians' rights support

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Sisi met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Rady said on Monday.

Sisi has affirmed Egypt's keenness on the restoration of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and the establishment of their independent state, in accordance with the international accords.

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For his part, Abbas has expressed his appreciation for Egypt's efforts and historic unchangeable stance towards the Palestinian cause, highlighting the depth of relations between the peoples of the two countries.

Abbas also praised the Egyptian efforts to achieve reconciliation between Palestinian factions, affirming willingness to continue coordination and with Egypt on various issues of mutual concern, Rady said.

The presidents also discussed the developments of a number of regional and Arab issues.

Sierra Leone

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President Sisi met with President of Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio.

Hailing robust relations between both countries, Sisi emphasized Egypt's willingness to bolster cooperation ties at all levels, Rady said in a statement following the meeting.

Sisi also welcomed the participation of more Sierra Leone cadres in the capacity-building programs supervised by the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD) in various domains.

For his side, Bio said that he is looking forward to furthering cooperation at all levels, especially at the economic, military and security levels.

He applauded Egypt's social development and economic growth efforts in Africa.

The meeting also took up the latest progress on the UN Security Council reform and expansion process, the spokesman added.

Moreover, the two leaders reviewed the latest developments on a raft of Africa-related issues in light of Egypt's current chairmanship of the African Union (AU), Rady noted.

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that Egypt attached a great importance for the situation in Africa and the continent's development agenda, in an interview with Egypt's Extra News.

Shoukry said that President Sisi will highlight the file of African integrity during the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, as part of the efforts to achieve development in the continent.

The meetings of the UN provides an important opportunity for leaders to discuss and exchange views, Shoukry said, pointing out that Sisi always speaks about the Egyptian vision towards the challenges, in such occasions.]]>
9/23/2019 4:21:57 PM
<![CDATA[6 items in the proposed Women Support Fund law]]>
Below are the main aspects of the law of the fund.

1 – A women breadwinner is one who is divorced, separated, a window, disabled, or in any other social circumstances that led her to be the main breadwinner of her family.

2 – A woman debtor is one who is sentenced to prison for an unpaid debt and has no provider or an adequate source of income to pay the debt.

3 – An elderly woman is a senior citizen who has no adequate source of income or a person who is legally obliged to provide for her.

4 – Provide social, health and cultural care for women, and assist them to start or take part in projects and handicrafts.

5 – Raise the political, social and cultural awareness by providing suitable work opportunities and healthcare for those who do not have social insurance.

6 – Provide opportunities to have housing units in the many housing projects subsidized by the state if they have never had such one.

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9/23/2019 2:15:10 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi to highlight 'African integrity' during UNGA meeting]]>
Shoukry said that President Sisi will highlight the file of African integrity during the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, as part of the efforts to achieve development in the continent.

The meetings of the UN provides an important opportunity for leaders to discuss and exchange views, Shoukry said, pointing out that President Sisi always speaks about the Egyptian vision towards the challenges, in such occasions.



Sisi arrived in New York on Saturday morning to participate in the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74) that is set to kick off on Tuesday.

President Sisi is scheduled to give a speech before the UNGA on Wednesday, where he will touch Egypt’s vision, achievements and stances towards regional and international situations that are discussed, especially in terms of global peace and security, Radi said earlier.

Sisi’s speech will also international efforts to counter terrorism and extremist thoughts, besides economic, social and development fields and Africans affairs in his capacity as the chairman of the African Union.

He is also scheduled to hold a series of bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders on the sidelines of the UNGA meetings to exchange views on enhancing relations in different fields.]]>
9/23/2019 1:35:29 PM
<![CDATA[ECHRD denounces incitements to break law, destabilize country’s organizations ]]>
In a Sunday statement, the 500-NGO Coalition strongly condemned such calls.

“While reiterating our commitment to international agreements, the law, constitution and civilian’s rights to peaceful demonstrations, we denounce all attempts to break the law or challenge it,” the statement said.

ECHRD added that they also denounce incitement to destabilize Egypt’s organizations security or stability, “leading to a situation reminiscent of Egypt’s political status during the past few years.”

The coalition, which includes NGOs from fifteen governorates, added in its statement that they “believe we are facing several challenges and problems we all seek to defeat,” however, “we also think that this should be done through the legal communication methods that guarantee respectable negotiations between all parties, and away from all the skepticism raised by “extremist voices” in the society.

These “extremist voices,” according to the statement, aim at “spreading rumors inside the country and provoking strife between the country’s organizations and civilians.”

ECHRD stressed in the statement that NGOs should be doing their job underneath the human rights umbrella as an “integral partner” for the country’s development plan. On top of that, the civil society needs to counter some of the claims that the NGOs have not achieved gains for the Egyptian community lately. Contradicting the claims, the statement cited the new NGOs law and women’s rights turned into laws as major victories.

“The NGOs and the state’s organizations should continue their efforts and cooperation leading to the country’s reform and development” ECHRD stated.

On Monday, the Coordination Committee of Party’s Youth Leaders and Politicians (CPYP) issued a statement commenting on the incidents that took place during the past days in Egypt, and the social media controversy that ensued.

“The Egyptian nation has demonstrated its full awareness of the devious methods and the use of modern technology or the media of terrorism to falsify facts,

While stressing that the expression of opinion by all peaceful means is an inherent constitutional right, CPYP also emphasized the need for extreme attention and non-acceptance of the use of this freedom of expression by the Muslim Brotherhood group to undermine the security and stability of the country,” read the statement.
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9/23/2019 1:13:17 PM
<![CDATA['People’s determination' behind success of economic reform: Sisi]]>
Sisi’s remarks came during his participation in a banquet Sunday evening hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in his honor in New York, with the presence of the First Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce, the Chairman of the American-Egyptian Business Council, and a large number of leaders from major American companies.

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President Sisi participates in a banquet Sunday evening hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in his honor in New York - Press photo


He further stressed Egypt will continue in its comprehensive reform path, aiming to achieve sustainable development, and improve Egyptians’ living standards, adding that reform program implemented in cooperation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been prepared in accordance with Egyptian national requirements.

In an open discussion with U.S. companies’ leaders, Sisi praised strategic relations between Egypt and United States, and both countries concern to enhance those relations.

He also showed his keenness to communicate directly with the U.S. business community “to promote frank and direct dialogue on the opportunities and challenges in the joint work between both sides, as well as to identify the problems and obstacles facing investors and work to resolve them,” said Presidency Spokesperson Bassam Rady.

President Sisi expressed appreciation for the role played by the American Chamber of Commerce and the American-Egyptian Business Council in supporting economic and trade relations between both Egypt and America.

In this context, President Sisi expressed Egypt’s aspiration to increase the contribution of American companies in the development process in the country, and to participate in the undergoing Egyptian mega projects to benefit from the great opportunities offered by the Egyptian economy.

Spokesperson Rady added that “U.S. companies’ leaders lauded the development boom that took place Egypt, appreciating the role played with President Sisi to promote stability in the country, which is a focal point for the stability of the entire Middle East region.”

Heads of American companies, who participated in the banquet, also hailed the measures taken to improve and encourage the investment environment in the country, affirming their keenness to continue working to enhance American investments in Egypt in various fields.

Sisi arrived in New York on Saturday to participate in the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74) that is set to kick off on Tuesday.
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9/23/2019 11:28:33 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi affirms Egypt's support to Palestinian people's legitimate rights]]>
Sisi met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi said on Monday, on the sidelines of the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

For his part, Abbas has expressed his appreciation for Egypt's efforts and historic unchangeable stance towards the Palestinian cause, highlighting the depth of relations between the peoples of the two countries.

Abbas also praised the Egyptian efforts to achieve reconciliation between Palestinian factions, affirming willingness to continue coordination and with Egypt on various issues of mutual concern, Radi said.

The presidents also discussed the developments of a number of regional and Arab issues.

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Sisi arrived in New York on Saturday morning to participate in the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74) that is set to kick off on Tuesday.

President Sisi is scheduled to give a speech before the UNGA on Wednesday, where he will touch Egypt’s vision, achievements and stances towards regional and international situations that are discussed, especially in terms of global peace and security, Radi said earlier.

Sisi’s speech will also international efforts to counter terrorism and extremist thoughts, besides economic, social and development fields and Africans affairs in his capacity as the chairman of the African Union.

He is also scheduled to hold a series of bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders on the sidelines of the UNGA meetings to exchange views on enhancing relations in different fields.

Sisi will also participate in a number of high-level conferences that are set to be held during the 74 session of the UNGA.

Regarding Egyptian-US relations, President Sisi’s visit to New York will witness intensive activities, where he is set to meet with influential U.S. figures, leaders of global American companies, and major economic institutions that are seeking to increase the size of its investments in Egypt, in addition to localize its work in the country amid attractive investment environment and the comprehensive development operation.]]>
9/23/2019 11:16:59 AM
<![CDATA['we need concrete commitments, not fancy speeches': Guterres]]>
Guterres addressed many global issues, saying that the world is at a critical moment on several fronts – the climate emergency, rising inequality, an increase in hatred and intolerance, as well as an alarming number of peace and security challenges.

“Tensions are rising everywhere. We are losing the race against climate change. Our world is off-track in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals,” he added. Implicitly, UN Secretary-General Guterres said, “We see trade wars and real wars.” Also, he talked about the spread of hate speech and deadly weapons.

As tensions flair up in the Gulf after the recent attacks on Saudi Arabia's Aramco oil facilities, Guterres warned that people always pay the highest price. “This is the moment to cool tensions, and nowhere is that more important than in the Gulf,” he stressed.

"This is also the time to promote dialogue and pave the way for political solutions from Libya to Yemen, from Syria to Israel-Palestine, from Afghanistan to South Sudan,” Guterres added.

"With the very high number of world leaders coming to the United Nations, we have a chance to advance diplomacy for peace...I told leaders not to come with fancy speeches, but with concrete commitments," Guterres reiterated.

The focus of next week's meetings will be sustainable and inclusive development, as well as climate change, which threatens everyone and everything, according to Mr. Guterres.

"I went to the Bahamas a few days ago. The level of devastation was unlike anything I have ever seen. Hurricane Dorian was indeed Hurricane Hell. And, unfortunately, extreme weather events will only produce more hellscapes for more people. That is what science has been telling us all along.

I expect there will be an announcement and unveiling of a number of meaningful plans on dramatically reducing emissions during the next decade, and on reaching carbon neutrality by 2050," Guterres stated.

He also pledged to showcase promising initiatives to move away from coal, putting a price on carbon, stopping subsidies for fossil fuels, and cutting the pollution that damages our health.
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9/23/2019 10:40:29 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt, UK tackle resilience, adaptation at UN climate change summit ]]>
The Egypt-UK coalition aims to raise funds to implement the resilience and adaptation strategies that address climate change impacts. The coalition was announced on June 30, 2019 by Egyptian Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad during a ministerial meeting held at Abu Dhabi on climate change.

“Resilience and adaptation are among the top priorities for the developing countries which are vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change. Since the beginning of its work with the UK, Egypt has been keen to represent the developing countries’ viewpoints, especially African countries, in the preparatory meetings,” said the Egyptian Ministry of Environment in a statement on Sept. 22.

Over the past few months, the coalition held discussions on the content of the political declaration that will be presented during the summit. The declaration will stress the necessity of fund-raising directed to efforts to adapt to the negative impacts of climate change to build resilience and resilience in developing countries, and promote technology transfer, the statement said.

Copies of the political declaration were sent by Egyptian and UK embassies to the political leaders of developing and developed countries alike, and to the heads of the boards of directors of companies, international institutions, banks and development agencies, international financial institutions, scholars and other parties, the statement added.

The Egypt-UK coalition is one of nine coalitions formed by world governments, civil societies and concerned international bodies. The nine coalitions were formed to tackle the following actions: social and political drivers of change; transition to renewable energy; industry; infrastructure, cities and local action; nature-based solutions; resilience and adaptation; mitigation; finance and carbon pricing; and youth and citizen mobilization, according to the SDG Knowledge Hub.

On September 22, a closed meeting was held for heads of states, governments and ministers of the nine coalitions and the UN secretary general to review the results achieved by each coalition over the past months. On the following day, the summit will officially kick off and last for four hours to review the national plans chosen by the secretary-general according to his assessment; then initiatives of the various coalitions will be reviewed for about two hours. They will also discuss their future plans for their gathering in 2020.

Guterres has asked the world leaders to focus on four demands, namely No New Coal; Net Zero On 2050; No Fossil Fuel Subsidies; and Make Polluters Pay. In June 2019, the UK passed a law, per which the kingdom will commit to targeting its strategy of net zero emissions by 2050, according to a statement from the UK government.

Climate Change Cation summit was called by UN Secretary-General Guterres after the issuance of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) latest report on “Climate Change and Land,” which called for tacking a fast action towards climate change impacts.

Protests around the globe

Two days ahead of the climate change summit, millions of people took to the streets around the world, calling for taking an action to save the planet. The protests broke out in Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa, and the Americas and were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who called her government to take an action and sign the 2015 Paris Accord that aims to prevent the increase of global warming above 2°C by 2100.


Millions of youth participated in the protests; Scottish Youth Climate Strike said that more than 40, 000 people in Scotland participated in the protest. Sky News reported that around 250,000 people protested in New York.

Th global warming was mainly caused by the industrial revolution in the 18th century. According to NASA’s latest data on climate change, carbon dioxide has currently reached 411 parts per million and the Arctic ice melts by 12.8 percent per decade.

Temperature of the globe increased by 0.85 °C degrees in the period between 1880 and 2012, raising sea level by 19 cm and is expected to increase to 24 and 30 cm by 2065, according to the United Nations facts.

The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report in October 2018 saying that limiting the global warming to 1.5°C rather than 2°C would “ensure more sustainable and equitable society.”

Taking legal actions, the United Nations launched in 1992 its Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which aimed to curb the human interference into the climate system. Three years later, Kyoto Protocol which binds the developed countries [the causes of industrial revolution] to cut their shares of global greenhouse gases via investing eco-friendly projects in developing countries was signed.









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9/23/2019 10:19:52 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt to witness vital electoral entitlements in 2020: MP]]>
The entitlements will be represented in holding elections for the Senate, the Parliament and Local Councils, Abu Shoka said, adding that the state would, subsequently, have security and financial considerations, to determine the date of the three elections.

Abu Shoka affirmed that the various political parties want the local elections to be held as soon as possible.

Political parties are preparing for the local elections, as the Law of Local Administration will be issued during the last round of the Parliament for 2019.

The latest local councils, formed after 2008 polls, were dissolved in 2011 following the popular uprising that ended the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak. Government-appointed officials have run local affairs without council oversight since then.

In an earlier interview with Egypt Today, Bahaa Abu Shoka, also head of the New al-Wafd Party, said the local election was a great opportunity for political parties to re-exist, adding that it would greatly help protect the Egyptian state.

The local councils represent mini-parliaments in the governorates of Egypt, Abu Shoka said, highlighting their role in monitoring and following up on the government performance nationwide. They will also assist the Parliament and the Senate (formerly Shura Council) in the governorates.

The local election represents an important step in activating the role of youth in all parts of the republic, and gives them the opportunity to protect the Egyptian state, he said. Such councils also help prepare young people with great experience to be future candidates for the Parliament, he added.

The Law of Local Administration will come out during the next and last round of the Parliament, and will be a strong and effective law, Abu Shoka said, clarifying that it would give full powers to all members of the local councils to be a serious step in the reform of Egyptian governorates.

Abu Shoka revealed that his party was preparing powerful cadres for the local elections through specialized training courses.
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9/22/2019 5:17:18 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Jazeera's incitement against Egypt 'goes in vain': FM]]>
In an interview with TV presenter Amr Adib, Shoukri described the calls of incitement as unacceptable, saying that they would go down the drain and would not receive any kind of response inside the country.

Shoukri considered that this incitement reflects the hatred for all the achievements of Egypt during the past five years.

He said that he responded to the questions of the local media concerning Al-Jazeera's claims about the existence of demonstrations in Egypt, adding that he called on local media crews in Egypt to monitor all squares and ensure the validity of the allegations of the Qatari channel and the channels linked to the Muslim Brotherhood organization.

"Yesterday, Al-Jazeera acted unprofessionally, in a way that causes great confusion, and expresses hatred for all what has been achieved," Shoukri stated.



Egypt has designated the Muslim Brotherhood group as terrorist since late in 2013, after former President Mohamed Morsi, who also served as head of the "terrorist" group, was ousted. Morsi died in June this year after he collapsed in court during his trial.

A voice message, believed to be recorded by fugitive Hani Sabry, allegedly a Muslim Brotherhood "terrorist" group member, has asked others who he called "youth" to send him links of Facebook accounts, as part of a systematic campaign attempting to oust the president.

In the following video, TV presenter Amr Adib has displayed the recording, along with a video showing some persons positively responding to his demand to launch a cyber-attack against the leadership.



Moreover, MBC Masr satellite channel broadcast on Friday a footage, which showed one of the "Muslim Brotherhood" leaders calling on supporters to gather near their houses and then fill the cities' squares.
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9/22/2019 5:15:04 PM
<![CDATA[Stacks of cash shown at trial of Sudan's toppled leader Bashir]]>
Millions of euros and Sudanese pounds were found at Bashir’s residence in April after he was overthrown and detained by the military following months of demonstrations against his rule.

The court heard four defense witnesses on Saturday, including Abubakr Awad, who was minister of state for the presidency until Bashir’s fall, before it was adjourned until next Saturday.

A member of Bashir’s defense, Mohamed al-Hassan al-Amin, said possessing the funds was not a crime.

“These sums of money were found in the possession of the president. And possessing any sum does not constitute a crime, whether it was $1 million or $100 million,” he told reporters.

“Trading in foreign currency is what constitutes a crime,” he said, adding that charges related to illicit gain and accepting gifts did not apply to the president.

Bashir smiled as he sat in a metal cage in the courtroom. Supporters cheered for him as he entered and left the court, shouting “Allahu akbar!”

Speaking publicly for the first time since his ouster, Bashir said last month he had received $25 million from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as from other sources, but had not received or used money for his own benefit.

His prosecution is a test of how far power-sharing military and civilian authorities will tackle the legacy of his 30-year authoritarian rule.]]>
9/22/2019 12:03:07 PM
<![CDATA[UK Conservatives hold significant lead over Labour: poll]]>
The Conservatives garnered 37% in the Opinium poll for the center-left Observer newspaper, while Labour took 22%.]]>
9/22/2019 12:01:03 PM
<![CDATA[Iran to present plan for Gulf security at U.N. General Assembly this week]]>
Saudi Arabia and the United States accuse Iran of attacking Saudi oil facilities on Sept. 14, the largest-ever such assault on the world’s top oil exporter.

Iran denies involvement in the attack, which was claimed by Yemen’s Houthi movement, a group aligned with Iran and currently fighting a Saudi-led alliance in Yemen’s civil war.

“This year we will present a plan to the world at the United Nations that the Islamic Republic of Iran in cooperation with the countries of the region can create security for the Persian Gulf and the Oman sea with the help of the countries of the region,” Rouhani was cited as saying on his official website.

He did not provide further details.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday approved sending American troops to bolster Saudi Arabia’s air and missile defenses after the attacks on Saudi oil sites.

Rouhani said the presence of foreign forces in the region would create insecurity for oil and shipping.

Saudi Arabia has described the strikes on the Abqaiq and Khurais facilities as a test of whether there is global will to preserve international order, and will seek to form a united front at the United Nations General Assembly.

“We are not someone who will violate the borders of others just as we will not allow anyone to violate our borders,” Rouhani said at a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the start of the Islamic Republic’s 1980-1988 war with Iraq, according to his website.]]>
9/22/2019 11:47:55 AM
<![CDATA[Outlawed Muslim Brotherhood stirs public opinion by fake news]]>
Hundreds of fake social media accounts linked to the banned group posted fabricated videos and news, some of the footages dated back to 2013, in order to trick the public opinion into believing that masses took to the street and clashes took place with several casualties among protesters.

The fake accounts that operate from outside Egypt circulated fake news that some of the so-called protesters were killed while facing the security forces, those news were confirmed as fake few hours later.

The face accounts backed by the outlawed group alleged that a young man called "Ahmed Abu Leila" was killed in Alexandria while protesting, the fabricated news was exposed and the group's attempts to incite chaos on the Egyptian streets were foiled.

The security expert, Mohamed al Ghobashy, said that the banned group resorted to use social media platforms in order to negatively affect the public opinion and the trust between citizens and the state.

The banned group used photos and video footages dated back to 2011 and 2013 to fabricate a rumor of protests in Tahrir square, the accounts linked to the group used photos of small masses that were watching a football game on Friday to claim that they are staging a protest against the regime and the state, added al Ghobashy.

The security expert said that news reports asserted that no protests took place in any of the Egyptian governorates, as the fake accounts were exposed to public scrutiny later and heavy criticism from Egyptian citizens.

The member of parliament, Yehia al Kidwany, said that the banned group is familiar with deception tactics and inciting violence through fake news , adding that the outlawed group's attempts come amid several projects to boost the state's infrastructure and aid low-income citizens.

The MP said that the Egyptian people are aware of the cunning tactics of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in social media platforms.

The Islamic studies expert, Hisham al Najjar, said that the Muslim Brotherhood has a special wing that is responsible of fabricating news and distributing rumors, adding that the group is utilizing all the illegal means, social media platforms are on the top of them, to seize power.

Al Najjar said that the state and the Egyptian people became familiar and aware of such deceptive moves and not easily tricked by them.

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9/21/2019 7:46:36 PM
<![CDATA[How Muslim Brotherhood drove systematic social media scheme against Egypt]]>
Terrorist Muslim Brotherhood web trolls have been attempting to stage mass protests across Egypt through sowing discord and spreading fake news and lies about key state figures.

The grand Muslim Brotherhood scheme included the creation of ordinary Facebook groups and pages to mobilize as many citizens and sympathizers to suddenly change their names and start calling to bring down the state and demolish all signs of progress and achievement under President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

One of the Facebook groups was originally titled Montaqibat Gamilat Afifat (Beautiful and Chaste Niqabis) when it was created on Jan 18, 2019. The group changed its name after while in August to Al-Niqab Din wa Hayah (Niqab is religion and life).

Then on Sept 17, 2019 the group changed its name to #Enough_Sisi, revealing its true identity and connection to the terrorist group.

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Muslim Brotherhood online trolls have also started promoting for these pages, which include nothing but baseless and fake information and news that only aim to sow discord among the Egyptian society.

Following the same strategy, these trolls are promoting for these pages in the name of religion. “Join us in this group for the sake of God,” Reem Mohamed, a fake MB account posed, along with the link to the group.

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Another group, originally entitled Khawater Raqiya (Elegant Thoughts) in Feb 2017, changed its name on Sept 16, 2019 to #Enough_Sisi.

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Another page that was created in October 2017 as “Happy Life ∞” changed its name on the same date to the same hashtag.

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Another MB-affiliated group has been changing its name over time since Sep 2016, and also changing its purpose from being a religious group to a mobilization group for the Muslim Brotherhood scheme.

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A voice message believed to be recorded by fugitive Hani Sabry, allegedly a Muslim Brotherhood "terrorist" group member, has asked others who he called "youth" to send him links of Facebook accounts, as part of a systematic campaign attempting to oust the president.

In the following video, TV Presenter Amr Adib has displayed the recording, along with a video showing some persons positively responding to his demand, by which he aims at launching a cyber attack against the leadership.



Egypt has designated the Muslim Brotherhood group as a terrorist organization late in 2013, after Mohamed Morsi, who also served as head of the terrorist group, was ousted following a popular uprising to protested the ruling of the group.

Moreover, MBC Masr satellite channel broadcast on Friday a footage, which showed one of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders calling on supporters to gather near their houses and then fill the cities' squares.

However, despite the propaganda and videos of MB sympathizers and members protesting, media correspondents reported that there were no signs of protests at the main Cairo square of Tahrir, the focal point of 2011 mass protests.

Some scattered Muslim Brotherhood protests came in response to online calls by Brotherhood-linked media outlets and Egyptian businessman and unrecognized actor Mohammad Ali, who had fled the country to Spain alleging in viral videos fake information to sow discord and serve the Brotherhood’s scheme.

“The Brotherhood’s systematic campaign against Egypt and its stability has abysmally failed,” said UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash. In his tweets, Gargash cited “genuine” public support for Egypt’s state institutions, exposing allegations by pro-Brotherhood media.

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“Egypt is recovering and resolutely facing challenges on a daily basis. Realities are different from what the externally funded media propagate."


Security authorities were able to identify some of the Muslim Brotherhood web trolls while the others are being identified over time. Some Muslim Brotherhood heads organizing the calls were revealed to be:

- Mohamed Abdul-Aziz Al-Hady Mahmoud / 35 June 1972
- Ahmed Mostafa / 19 July 1984


The Brotherhood and their terrorist loyalists have been inciting violence in Egypt and sought to derail President Sisi’s strenous efforts to re-establish security, stability and economy in the country.

Egyptian Media Group releases documentary on Muslim Brotherhood dark history



Media outlets loyal to the Brotherhood, based in Turkey and Qatar, have over recent days been inciting Egyptians to take to the streets to demand President Sisi to step down.

President Sisi, who took office in 2015, has largely restored stability to Egypt and revitalize its battered economy through an economic plan that laid the foundations of the Egyptian economy that has been showing remarkable progress and improvement in recent years.]]>
9/21/2019 7:32:27 PM
<![CDATA[Turkish politician implicitly reveals Erdogan’s link with calls of protests in Egypt]]>
In a tweet Elönü removed later, she claimed that if Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi decided to enter into negotiations with [Turkey] over gas and oil in the East Mediterranean’s economic zone, the anti-government calls would end.

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A screeshnot of Esra Elönü's removed tweet


In May, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry warned Turkey against any attempt to destabilize the security and stability of the Middle East. The Egyptian minister said the ministry has been following up with great concern the recent developments regarding Turkish plans to start exploratory drilling for oil and gas off Cyprus.

"We express grave concern over Turkey's announced intention to carry out drilling activities within the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus," EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini has said in a statement.

"In this context, we urgently call on Turkey to show restraint," she added, warning that the EU would "respond appropriately to any illegal action that violated Cyprus's rights".

In June, EU leaders warned Turkey to end its gas drilling in disputed waters or face action from the bloc, after Greece and Cyprus pressed other EU states to speak out.

On August 22, Egypt's former top prosecutor Nabil Sadeq ordered the arrest of 29 people over charges of espionage for Turkey against Egypt national interest, revealed by Egypt's General Intelligence Service (GIS).
The list of charges drawn against the defendants includes: conspiring with Turkey with the aim to harm national interests, joining terrorist organizations, conducting overseas calls without licensing, money laundering, and illegal currency trading.
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9/21/2019 6:17:57 PM
<![CDATA[CPYP warns Egyptians against MB rumors]]>
"The Egyptian nation has demonstrated its full awareness of the devious methods and the use of modern technology or the media of terrorism to falsify facts," read the statement.

In the below lines is the statement

"The Coordination Committee of Party’s Youth Leaders and Politicians (CPYP) followed with great interest the events that took place yesterday, and listened well to all that has circulated, whether on the ground or exaggerated on social networking sites and Muslim Brotherhood channels inciting the Egyptian state.

The Egyptian nation has demonstrated its full awareness of the devious methods and the use of modern technology or the media of terrorism to falsify facts.

While stressing that the expression of opinion by all peaceful means is an inherent constitutional right, CPYP also emphasizes the need for extreme attention and non-acceptance of the use of this freedom of expression by the terrorist Brotherhood to undermine the security and stability of the country.

The coordination also calls on the great masses of the Egyptian people to abide by peaceful and legal paths, and to pay attention to rumors or attempts of sabotage and destruction that these Brotherhood elements may seek.

The coordination - as a youth entity for parties and politicians - is watching the political scene, and it stresses the need to immunize the Egyptian state from any destructive schemes or rumors tendentious to open more public space, and more freedom of opinion and expression, and to listen to all peaceful opinions, however different they may be in the framework of respect of Law and the Constitution, as long as it is far from achieving the objectives of obscurantist and terrorist groups.

In this context, the coordination, as a platform for dialogue between political forces, calls for a social dialogue on national issues, provided that this is within a legal and constitutional framework that is far from spreading rumors, promoting terrorist ideas or discriminating among citizens."
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9/21/2019 5:04:45 PM
<![CDATA[Hong Kong police fire tear gas to break up protesters]]>
The first volley was fired when protesters hurled two petrol bombs toward an approaching police line.

The marchers had converged on the town of Tuen Mun, in the west of the New Territories, where some set fire to a Chinese flag as others tore down wooden and metal fences and traffic bollards to build road blocks, at least one of which was set alight.

Some trashed fittings at the Light Rail Transit station, dug up bricks and picked up stones from the sides of the tracks. Others turned fire extinguishers on the police.

Many shops closed their shutters, and police made several arrests.

“Radical protesters damaged facilities in Light Rail Town Centre Station in Tuen Mun with metal rods, hurled objects into the Light Rail tracks and set barricades in the vicinity, causing obstruction to the traffic,” police said in a statement.

“Radical protesters also threw petrol bombs, posing a serious threat to the safety of others and police officers.”

Hundreds of protesters retreated from the lines of riot police when the tear gas was fired, many sprinting across a highway to regroup and block more roads.

Some dissipated into malls and side-streets.

Dozens of Beijing supporters had earlier torn down some of the large mosaics of colorful Post-it notes calling for democracy and denouncing perceived Chinese meddling in the former British colony which returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

“I am a Chinese man!” one the pro-Beijing protesters shouted in defense of his actions when confronted by pro-democracy supporters.

The walls have blossomed across the Asian financial center, at bus stops and shopping centers, under footbridges, along pedestrian walkways and at universities.

They have also occasionally become hot spots of violence in more than three months of unrest.]]>
9/21/2019 2:40:48 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt region's fortress against enemies: Emirati analyst]]>
Qasimi noted that the national army of Egypt has recently delivered numerous blows to terrorism.

“Attempts to defame or target Egypt or its army always bring Egypt closer to our hearts,” Qasimi said. “Al Jazeera and similar platforms are only promoting fake news and lies against the state.”

He also stressed that Arab countries now require development projects to be able to encounter devious schemes, which is being achieved by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

The political analyst restoring the wheel of development that has stalled for more than 30 years in Egypt is not a simple matter, “and every sincere Arab national will support Egypt in its development process because it is the heart of the nation and the source of pride and dignity.”

A former Muslim Brotherhood member has warned on Friday that the terrorist group is plotting a psychological war against Egyptians to sow frustration across the country.

Ibrahim Rabie, a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, stressed that the terrorist group is seeking to bring down the Egyptian state.

Rabie said the group seeks to topple Egypt through a number of mechanisms, most importantly “psychological wars”, which are being generously funded by enemy countries.
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9/21/2019 1:23:56 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi's 6th participation in UNGA kicks off ]]>
Sisi has participated in UN General Assembly meetings five times before since 2014 until 2018, as this round will mark his sixth participation.

Hours before President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi arrival to New York, Egyptian expats announced preparing for several events welcoming Sisi in New York.

In statements to Egypt Today; Egyptian and Arab expats affirmed that they have been preparing for several events that will be launched by the arrival of President Sisi.

According to Reuters Sisi is scheduled to meet with his American counterpart Donald Trump on the sideline on the meetings, as he will be delivering a speech on September 25.

The UN General Assembly meeting will kick off on Monday 23 and will continue until September 30.

Several files will be tackled during the meetings. According to the announced agenda the meetings will be tackling health, sustainable development and removal of chemical weapons.

On Thursday, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry departed to New York to prepare for the participation of President Sisi in UNGA high level meetings.

According to a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Hafez, President Sisi will be among the first heads of state to address the high-level public debates.

The Egyptian participation in the UNGA session will reflect the country's important role in the UN bodies along with its regional role in all relevant issues.

During his visit to the U.S., President Sisi is expected to hold a number of meetings with his counterparts and UN officials to discuss means of developing cooperation and tackle issues of common interest.]]>
9/21/2019 12:10:31 PM
<![CDATA[Pro-MB Fugitive launches cyber attack against state, asks members to cover their face]]>
In this video, TV Presenter Amr Adib has displayed the recording, along with a video showing some persons positively responding to his demand, by which he aims at launching a cyber attack against the leadership.



Two persons appeared in the video, reportedly claiming they are officers, while covering their faces, at the request of Sabry.

Egypt has designated the Muslim Brotherhood group as a terrorist organization since late in 2013, after former President Mohamed Morsi, who also served as head of the "terrorist" group, was ousted.]]>
9/21/2019 12:37:44 AM
<![CDATA[Muslim Brotherhood sparks psycho war against Egypt: Ex-member]]>
Ibrahim Rabie, a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, stressed in press remarks on Friday that the terrorist group is seeking to bring down the Egyptian state.

Rabie said the group seeks to topple Egypt through a number of mechanisms, most importantly “psychological wars”, which are being generously funded by enemy countries.

He further pointed out to a number of methods the Muslim Brotherhood is seeking to achieve its devious scheme, including:

- Contracting with big PR companies to initiate promotional campaigns to spread disappointment among Egyptians.

- Recruiting journalists and media platforms to publish fake news and rumors.

- Publishing fabricated and fake pictures and footages to defame Egyptian figures and officials.

- Forming a parallel public opinion, both locally and internationally, to fight state institutions.

In earlier remarks, Rabie said the terrorist group is purchasing pages and columns at foreign newspapers to spread lies and rumors to serve its interests.

He added that full budgets are being dedicated for foreign newspapers that allow the brotherhood to use them as platforms to attack Egypt through fake media campaigns.

Rabie also affirmed that Muslim Brotherhood figures like Youssef Nada and Ibrahim Mounir, deputy general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, are communicating with western media outlets to incite against the Egyptian state and defame its image abroad.]]>
9/20/2019 2:54:45 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian MPs discuss in Moscow ties with Russia, regional issues]]>
A statement by the House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee said that the two sides discussed cooperation in the parliamentary, economic, cultural and technological fields.

The Egyptian side reviewed at the meetings efforts by the Egyptian government for empowering women and young people and their unprecedented representation in the parliament, added the statement. ]]>
9/20/2019 1:37:04 PM
<![CDATA[Arab coalition launches qualitative operation northern Hodeidah]]>
Al-Malki made the remarks following the statement issued by the JFC of Coalition on Thursday regarding the interception and destruction of a remote-controlled booby-trapped boat.

He explained that the destroyed targets included four sites for the assembling and booby-trapping of remote-controlled boats as well as naval mines. These sites are used to carry out hostilities and terrorist operations that threaten maritime shipping lanes and routes and international trade in Bab Al-Mandab Strait and the southern Red Sea.

He further said that the Houthi terrorist militia are taking the governorate of Hodeidah as headquarters for launching ballistic missiles, drones, booby-trapped and remote-controlled boats, as well as indiscriminately deploying naval mines, in a clear violation of international humanitarian law and the provisions of Stockholm Agreement and the ceasefire agreement in Hodeidah.

He stressed that the Coalition's JFC has the legitimate right to take and implement appropriate deterrence measures to deal with these legitimate military goals, in accordance with international humanitarian law and its customary rules, while continuing to support all political efforts to apply Stockholm Agreement and put an end to the coup.]]>
9/20/2019 1:32:12 PM
<![CDATA[SCMR chief: Strong Egyptian-Saudi ties pillar for Arab solidarity]]>
In statements to the Saudi Press Agency, Makram said that as long as Cairo and Riyadh are in harmony, the entire Arab world will be fine, adding that well-developed and stable relations between both countries provide strong support to the Arab solidarity.

Makram also greeted the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and people on the Saudi National Day.

He lauded the economic and social steps that the kingdom has adopted in order to achieve the Saudi Vision 2030.]]>
9/20/2019 1:11:33 PM
<![CDATA[What to know about Municipal Councils in Egypt]]>
Article 180 provides that each municipal unit elects a council every four years through a secret ballot. Candidates should not be less than 21 and individuals aged less than 35 must compose a quarter of members. Another quarter is allocated to women, and half to workers and farmers. A decent representation of Christians and the disabled must be guaranteed.

The mission of Municipal Councils is following up on the execution of development plans, monitoring different activities, doing checks on executive bodies, submitting motions, and withdrawing confidence from chairpersons of municipal units. The executive law determines the councils’ financial resources and the guarantees of the members’ independence.

Article 181 states that the decrees of the Municipal Councils are final and shall not be subject to the interference of the executive authority unless there are breaches to the law, compromise of public interest or interests of other municipal councils.

In case of conflict among municipal councils, the municipal council of the governorate shall come up with a resolution. In case of conflict among municipal councils of governorates, the State Council shall come up with a resolution.

Article 182 specifies that each municipal council sets its budget and prepares its final account in accordance to law. Article 183 states that the law specifies how municipal councils are dissolved and reelected as they cannot be dissolved by a comprehensive administrative procedure.
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9/20/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Pompeo favours 'peaceful resolution' to crisis after Saudi attack]]>
Pompeo has blamed Iran for the weekend assault on two facilities which wiped out half of Saudi oil production, dismissing its denials and condemning the "act of war".

Visiting the United Arab Emirates, Pompeo however said his country would prefer a "peaceful" solution to the crisis.

"We'd like a peaceful resolution," he said.

"I hope the Islamic Republic of Iran sees it the same way," he told reporters after talks with the leaders of the United Arab Emirates.
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9/19/2019 6:08:42 PM
<![CDATA[Former Chief of Staff Ibrahim al-Oraby dies Sep. 18]]>
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Lieutenant General Oraby had held the position between 1983 and 1987 before he became the chairman of the Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI) until 1995. The national hero took part in the deterrence of the Tripartite Aggression in 1956, and participated in the Six-Day War in 1967. He also joined the War of Attrition that started in 1969 and concluded with October 6 War in 1973 where he was commander of the 21st Armored Division.

The late chief of staff graduated from the Military Academy in 1950 and earned the Higher War College Fellowship from Nasser Military Academy. In 1981, Oraby became Field Army Commander and Chief of Military Operations.

Lieutenant General Oraby was awarded the October 6 Medal, Army Day Medal, First Class Training Medal, Sinai Liberation Medal, Military Independence Medal, and First Class Republic Medal.

The funeral took place in Field Marshal Tantawy Mosque in New Cairo and was attended by Minister of Defense Mohamed Zaki, Chief of Staff Mohamed Farid, commanders in chief of the forces, and former commanders of the Armed Forces. The president extended condolences to the family.

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9/19/2019 5:53:46 PM
<![CDATA[Sudan's PM says keen to benefit from Egypt's economic experiment]]>
Hamdok, who left Cairo after he also met with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, invited Madbouli to visit Sudan, to hold discussions in bilateral cooperation fields, a statement issued by the Egyptian Cabinet read.

For his part, Madbouli affirmed Egyptian government's readiness to provide brotherly Sudan with all forms of urgent assistance, including dispatching medical convoys, extending Egypt's initiative to eliminate Hepatitis C to treat Sudanese patients.

The Egyptian prime minister also ordered sending a delegation of Egyptian businessmen to Sudan, to watch possible investment opportunities.

Madbouli said he was confident that the current Sudanese government were able to manage the situation in the brotherly country in a way that would meet the aspirations of the Sudanese people.

Hamdok was appointed as Sudan's Prime Minister last August, as the country is experiencing a three-year transitional period to turn into civilian rule, after public uprising has ousted President Omar al-Bashir who had ruled Sudan since 1989.

Attending the meeting, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri affirmed Egypt's support to the Sudanese issue in all international forums, and its keenness to coordinate with Sudan on all issues as part of the Egyptian belief that the security of partners in the region supports the security in Egypt.]]>
9/18/2019 8:57:50 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Sudanese PM agree on promoting joint cooperation ]]>
President Sisi further stressed the support for bilateral cooperation in a consistent framework of mutual respect and common interest.

He also expressed his appreciation to Sudan’s success in overcoming the current important stage of its history, and beginning the real work towards achieving Sudanese people’s aspirations in development.

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President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi receiving Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok in Cairo - Press photo


“Egypt is careful that Sudan returns to its normal role on regional, Arab and African levels,” read the statement as quoting President Sisi who ensured continuous cooperation and coordination with Sudan in common interest issues, directing a speed implementation of joint development projects, including the electricity grid connection and a railway line of 600 km in length linking Egypt to Sudan to increase bilateral trade.

For his part, Hamdok underscored close relations between both countries’ peoples and governments, as he praised “mutual efforts to upgrade joint cooperation pushed by sincere Egyptian support, with the aim to maintain stability in Sudan amid the historic transition that the North African state is currently witnessing.”

Sudanese Prime Minister presented the latest developments of the political situation in Sudan, as well as the efforts in dealing with it. He hailed Egypt’s leading role in the region and the African continent, especially during its tenure as the chairman of the African Union, which recently seen a decision to life suspended membership of Sudan in the union, resulting in concerted efforts to support Sudan.

“Both leaders agreed on the continuation of mutual coordination and intensive consultation to promoting joint cooperation for the benefit of the two brotherly countries and peoples through the utilization of the opportunities and mechanisms available to promote integration between them at various levels” added the statement.

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok arrived in Cairo on Wednesday on his first visit to an Arab country since assuming post. He is to hold talks with Egyptian officials on ways of boosting bilateral relations and the latest developments in Sudan in light of challenges besetting the transitional government.

The visit comes ten days after Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s visit to Sudan, and meeting with his Sudanese counterpart Asmaa Mohamed Abdalla and Hamadok, during which both sides asserted the special and long-lasting relations between Sudan and Egypt.]]>
9/18/2019 4:12:33 PM
<![CDATA[Iran's Zarif rejects as 'distraction' U.S. accusations over Saudi attacks: ISNA]]>
“The United States should seek to look at the realities in the region, rather than simply using distractions. We feel that the U.S. government is trying to somehow forget the realities in the region,” Zarif said.

Tehran has denied involvement in the Sept. 14 attacks on oil plants, including the world’s biggest crude processing facility, that initially knocked out half of Saudi production.]]>
9/18/2019 2:44:21 PM
<![CDATA[EU: Britain will suffer most if there is a no-deal Brexit]]>
European Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said no-deal would never be the bloc's preferred outcome, Sky News reported.

"This will obviously cause significant disruption both for citizens and for businesses and this will have a serious negative economic impact," Ms Bertaud said, referring to a no-deal Brexit.

"That would be proportionally much greater in the United Kingdom than it would be in the EU 27 states." she added.

She cited European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as having said that if it a no-deal Brexit happened "it is the British who will unfortunately be the biggest losers".

The comments come after a British government document detailing the potential impacts of a no-deal divorce was leaked at the weekend.

According to the Operation Yellowhammer assessment published in The Sunday Times, Britain could be hit with a three-month "meltdown" at its ports, a hard Irish border and shortages of food and medicine.

Downing Street said on Monday that the dossier was "out of date" and the government was "making all necessary preparations ahead of 31 October".

A "large-scale public information campaign" is expected to begin shortly, Number 10 said.]]>
9/18/2019 12:58:15 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian-Sudanese relations 'distinguished': diplomat]]>
In a Tuesday interview on the Sudanese TV, Sadek added that Egypt has always supported Sudan and that Egypt and Sudan are one Nile Valley people.

Against this backdrop, Egypt is seeking to bolster and strengthen relations with Sudan, he noted.

The Sudanese security is part of the Egyptian security, he pointed out, adding that the media in the two countries should be working to boost bilateral relations.

"Sudan's security is part of Egypt's national security and the circumstances Sudan undergoes affect Egypt, especially in light of the changes in the region," Sadek said.

Sadek clarified that he is seeking to make room for the Egyptian private sector to undertake projects in Sudan, expressing the aspiration to increase the volume of trade exchange between the two countries.
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9/17/2019 4:54:11 PM
<![CDATA[GERD talks ‘stumbled,’ another round to be held in October]]>
In an official statement after the meeting, Egypt’s Ministry of Irrigation described Cairo latest talks as “stumbled,” and discussions only tackled procedural sides “due to Ethiopia’s rejection to discuss Egypt’s proposal to Sudan.

The statement read, “Due to this stumbling, it was decided to hold an urgent meeting for the independent scientific group in Khartoum as of the end of September and until early October, to discuss the Egyptian proposal on filling and operating processes of GERD, in addition to Ethiopian and Sudanese proposals.”

The scientific group meeting will be followed by another meeting for the ministers of water and irrigation in the three countries on October 4-5 to agree on the rules of filling and operating the dam.

“Egypt ensures the importance of Ethiopia’s involvement in serious technical negotiations during the coming meetings set to be held in Khartoum on the basis of good will to reach an agreement as soon as possible to achieve common interests of the three states, in accordance with the declaration of principles signed in Khartoum on March 2015,” the statement continued.

Egypt has previously submitted its technical vision on determining seven to ten years to fill the reservoir, in a bid to prevent any harm to both Egypt and Sudan shares of the Nile River. Egypt’s proposal puts in consideration the flooding and drought states that hit the Ethiopian plateau; however, the Ethiopian side refused to increase the filling years, and withheld to the three-year period. ]]>
9/17/2019 1:45:28 PM
<![CDATA[German amb. says Egypt 'future partner' in Africa]]>
Addressing an event hosted by the German - Arab Chamber Of Industry and Commerce, he added that the embassy is keen on boosting diplomatic relations and enhancing trade cooperation between the two countries.

He expressed his admiration for what Egypt has achieved so far since the beginning of its economic reforms.

Nunn said that since his first meeting with Egyptian officials, he had seen the government's keenness to complete the economic reform program and support sustainable development in all sectors.]]>
9/17/2019 11:02:45 AM
<![CDATA[Iran's supreme guide rules out possibility of Iran-US talks at any level]]>
Making the remarks during his teachings in a class of advanced Islamic Jurisprudence (kharej–e Fiqh) on Tuesday, Ayatollah Khamanei touched upon US ‘maximum pressure’ policy against Iran.

Referring to different stances of US officials regarding talks with Iran, Ayatollah Khamanei said “Sometimes they call for negotiations with no preconditions and other times they talk of negotiations under 12 conditions. These contradictory remarks are either a sign of their confused policies or is a trick to confuse the other side. Of course the Islamic Republic will not be confused since our path is clear and we are aware of what we do.”

US’s aim for negotiations is not to find a fair solution but to impose its ‘insolent demands’ on Iran, he said.

“US aims to prove to all that maximum pressure has worked and that officials of the Islamic Republic were forced to come to the negotiating table despite previously saying ‘we won’t negotiate’. [And] so [to prove that] the only way to face Iran is through maximum pressure.”]]>
9/17/2019 10:50:30 AM
<![CDATA[UAE says attacks on Saudi oil facilities "dangerous escalation"]]>
"Justifying the unprecedented terrorist attack on Aramco facilities by linking it to developments in Yemen is totally unacceptable,", Gargash said on Twitter.

"The attack on Saudi Arabia is a dangerous escalation in itself, and the right position of every Arab country and every responsible state in the international community must be with Saudi Arabia and with the stability and security of the region," he wrote. ]]>
9/17/2019 10:47:52 AM
<![CDATA[Brazil to import Egyptian garlic, grapes, citrus ]]>
Egypt contemplates exporting garlic, grapes, and citrus to Brazil. In that context, the Brazilian minister affirmed that importation of Egyptian grapes will begin soon and that a technical commission will visit Egypt in November to finalize negotiations on Egyptian citrus imports.

The Ministry of Agriculture is currently studying a proposal to establish a Brazilian meat processing company in Egypt in coordination with the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation and the Ministry of Trade and Industry. The location, logistics, and Egyptian talents to be hired are being examined carefully.

Both parties will coordinate a prospective visit of a Brazilian technical committee to set the commitments pertinent to each party. Later on, training sessions will be held by Brazilian partners.

The officials of both countries discussed supplying sheep and goats as well as frozen meats to Egypt in accordance with the national veterinary rules. The frozen meats will be imported in specific times so that Egyptian products are not badly affected. Meats exported to Egypt must be given the Halal certificate.

The talks included pushing cooperation between both countries in the fields of agrarian research, bio-gas, agricultural waste recycling, and exchange of germplasm of forage crops and wood trees.

The volume of Brazil’s exports to Egypt during the first half of 2019 hit 2.76 million tons, amounting to $791.53 million, according to President of the Arab-Brazilian Chamber Robert Hanoun.

Hanoun added on Sept. 15 that Egyptian exports to Brazil amounted to 542,068 tons of goods, with a total value of $135.98 million, and that the total trade exchange hit about $927.5 million.
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9/16/2019 5:18:51 PM