Monday 21 August 2017
(Independent Online 08/21/17)
In the latest sign the administration of US President Donald Trump is looking to overturn Obama-era policy at home and abroad, the US military is preparing to restart a long-running military exercise with Egypt after former US president Barack Obama cancelled it in 2013 to protest against the killing of hundreds of protesters in Cairo. The restart next month of the biannual Bright Star exercise, a bilateral effort now focused on counter terrorism operations, comes as Egypt seeks to contain a insurgency on the Sinai peninsula. Though Egypt may invite other countries such as Sudan as observers, only US and Egyptian forces will take the field, US defence officials said. The renewal comes just months...
(Xinhuanet 08/21/17)
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said that Egypt is ready to provide Somalia with all possible support to help it build its state institutions. Sisi's comments came during his meeting in Cairo with visiting Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, state-run MENA news agency reported. Talks between the two presidents focused on ways to boost bilateral relations in all fields, as well as the latest security developments in Somalia. Egypt is keen on activating all aspects of cooperation with Somalia, particularly in the economic and trading fields, Sisi said. Mohamed, for his part, praised the historic role played by Egypt in support of Somalia in the past. He also urged Sisi to give a push to trade and economic ties between the...
(Xinhuanet 08/21/17)
Egypt and Russia have vowed to boost bilateral ties and deepen coordination on regional and international issues, state-run news agency MENA reported on Monday. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri started on Monday a session of talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on boosting bilateral relations and coordination on a host of regional and international issues, topped by countering terrorism. Shoukry's visit to Moscow falls within the framework of strategic ties and the "2+2 strategic dialogue" between foreign...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/21/17)
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki on Saturday welcomed Egypt's closer ties with Hamas, calling on the Islamist group to bring an end to the rift between the Palestinian factions. Speaking at a joint press conference with his Jordanian and Egyptian counterparts in Cairo, Al-Maliki said Egypt was fulfilling its role as a mediator between the group and the Palestinian Authority. "It is not new or controversial for Egypt to do its part and fulfill its mandate in these negotiations .....
(Bloomberg 08/21/17)
Royal Dutch Shell Plc is seeking creative solutions to bring gas from Israel and Cyprus to market, a step that could help turn the Mediterranean region into a major gas-producing hub. Shell is in talks to buy natural gas from Israel’s Leviathan field, combine it with output from Cyprus’s Aphrodite field, in which it owns a 35 percent stake, and pump it to a liquefied natural gas plant in Egypt, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Talks are...
(The Independent 08/21/17)
Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi, who recently, completed a four-country tour of Africa, was in Kigali, Rwanda on Aug.15 and held bilateral talks with President Paul Kagame. One of the top issues on Al-Sisi’s agenda is the issue of the River Nile Basin and Egypt’s historic share of the Nile waters. His visit comes amid diplomatic tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia after the beginning of construction of the GERD dam in April 2011. Egypt has expressed concerns that the dam...
(AFP (eng) 08/18/17)
Egypt has blocked access to the website of media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, adding RSF to a growing list of restricted online sites in the North African country. The Paris-based group said Thursday its website was blocked on August 14, shortly after it had issued a statement condemning the ongoing detention of an Egyptian photojournalist. Egypt has blocked more than 100 websites since May, including media sites seen as critical of the government. Rights groups have repeatedly accused former army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of stifling dissent. In the 2017 press freedom index published by MSF
(Andalou Agency 08/18/17)
Egypt fears Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam will diminish its historical quota of Nile water. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday vowed to prevent any reduction of Egypt’s historical share of Nile water due to Ethiopia’s construction of a massive hydro-electric dam on the Blue Nile River. At a joint press conference held in Khartoum with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, al-Bashir reiterated his country’s longstanding commitment to a 1959 water-sharing agreement between upstream and downstream states. “Sudan is totally committed...
(The Guardian 08/18/17)
Transparency campaigners highlight alleged human rights abuses in Egypt as controversial conflict, stability and security fund comes under scrutiny again. The government is facing questions over transparency after almost £2 million in aid and defence funding was given to security projects in Egypt, including support for policing, the criminal justice system and the treatment of juvenile detainees. The news comes with Egypt’s security forces under fire from human rights groups for routine disappearances, the torture of detainees, and the jailing...
(News24 08/18/17)
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir said on Thursday that the construction of Ethiopia's controversial Grand Renaissance Dam on the Nile River would not impact water supplies to Egypt as feared by Cairo. Visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, for his part, said the project was a "win-win" for the peoples of all three countries if it was not politicised. Construction of the massive dam on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia has poisoned relations between Cairo and Addis Ababa, with Egypt fearing...
(The Associated Press 08/18/17)
Egypt has blocked internet access to the website of an international media watchdog that provides support for journalists and champions media freedoms. Reporters Without Borders, also known under its French acronym RSF, said on Thursday that users in Egypt have been unable to access its website since August 14. RSF called on Egyptian authorities to provide an explanation as to the reason for the block. An Egyptian watchdog, The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, says that at least...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/18/17)
GB Auto, the Egyptian automotive assembler and manufacturer, expects demand for cars to pick up by the end of 2017 as dealers run down inventories, the company's CEO said on Thursday. Consumer demand in Egypt took a hit in November last year, when the central bank floated the pound currency to secure a three-year $12 billion International Monetary Fund loan, a move which more than halved the value of the currency. The IMF programme is tied to reforms such as...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/17/17)
Egypt's cabinet passed regulations on Thursday for a new investment law aimed at attracting foreign investors to help the economy recover after a 2011 uprising. Investment Minister Sahar Nasr said the law will now be passed to Egypt's administrative court, the state council, which is expected to give a final legal review before the law enters into force. The law aims to cut bureaucracy, especially for starting projects, and provide more incentives to investors looking to put money into Egypt...
(AFP (eng) 08/17/17)
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir said Thursday that the construction of Ethiopia's controversial Grand Renaissance Dam on the Nile River would not impact water supplies to Egypt as feared by Cairo. Visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, for his part, said the project was a "win-win" for the peoples of all three countries if it was not politicised. Construction of the massive dam on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia has poisoned relations between Cairo and Addis Ababa, with Egypt fearing its share of water from the Nile will be hit once the project is completed...
(Egypt Independent 08/17/17)
Egypt’s central bank is seen leaving key interest rates unchanged this month, a Reuters poll indicated on Tuesday, after it raised them by 200 basis points last month for the second time in a row as inflation soared. Egypt has raised key interest rates by 7 percentage points since it floated the pound in November as part of a $12 billionInternational Monetary Fund programme aimed at boosting the economy. “I expect no change given that the CBE has already hiked...
(Egyptian Streets 08/17/17)
Egypt’s Minister of Investment and International Cooperation (MIIC) Sahar Nasr to meet with a delegation from the World Bank on Sunday to discuss final procedures before giving Egypt the final $US 1 billion tranche of a $US 3 billion loan. According to Nasr, the loan is to finance the social and economic development projects. The Regional Director of the International Bank in Egypt Assad Allam and Nasr have met to follow on the progress of the development projects in Upper...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/17/17)
Egypt's first bitcoin exchange will go live later this month, the founders of Bitcoin Egypt said, linking the Middle East's most populous country with a cryptocurrency that has surged in value in recent months. Many governments around the world are still mulling how to regulate and classify bitcoin, a volatile digital currency that has captured the interest of speculative investors worldwide as its value has soared, roughly quadrupling since the start of 2017 and trading at around $4,400 on Thursday...
(Fox News 08/17/17)
Experts have unearthed three tombs that date back 2,000 years at the site of an ancient city in the Nile Valley. Egypt's antiquities ministry said that archaeologists discovered the tombs from the Ptolemaic Period. The discovery was made in the province of Minya, south of Cairo, in an area known as al-Kamin al-Sahrawi. In a August 15 Facebook post, the ministry explained that excavators unearthed a collection of sarcophagi of different shapes and sizes as well as clay fragments that...
(Egyptian Streets 08/17/17)
Egypt’s Al-Azhar criticized the recent calls for equality between men and women in inheritance issues and said that it doesn’t comply with Islamic teachings. Al-Azhar made the announcement in response to the calls of the Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi to establish equality between men and women in terms of inheritance. While the announcement of Al-Azhar didn’t directly address Essebsi, it was made a few days after his suggestion to form a committee to study the matter. Deputy of Al-Azhar...
(Egypt Independent 08/17/17)
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi issued a presidential decree, on Thursday, that allowed Emir [Ruler] of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the right to own land and property in the Sharqia Governorate of Egypt’s. The announcement stipulated that Al-Sabah is considered an Egyptian citizen, who has the right to own land and properties in Egypt; moreover the decree mentioned that Al-Sabah bought 163 acres in Sharqia, according the state’s official gazette In October 2016 Sisi issued similar presidential decree that...

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