Wednesday 13 December 2017
(AFP (eng) 12/11/17)
Egypt and Russia signed a final contract on Monday for the building of Egypt's first nuclear power plant, during a visit to Cairo by President Vladimir Putin. The contract to build the plant in Dabaa on the Mediterranean coast was signed during a live ceremony shown on state television and attended by the Russian leader and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The contract was signed by the head of Russian state nuclear company Rosatom, Alexei Likhachev, and Egypt's electricity and renewable energy minister, Mohamed Shaker. Egyptian media reports put the cost of the plant at around $30 billion. The two countries signed two agreements in November 2015 for Russia to finance and build the power...
(AFP (eng) 12/11/17)
Russian President Vladimir Putin called Monday for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to resume, including on Jerusalem, following the controversial US decision to recognise the city as Israel's capital. Speaking on state television during a visit to Egypt, Putin stressed the importance of "the immediate resumption of Palestinian-Israeli talks over all disputed issues, including the status of Jerusalem". Speedy, long-term agreements "that are aligned with the interests of both sides" must be made, Putin said, according to an official translation of his remarks on Egyptian state television. "These agreements must be in harmony with previous decisions of the international community," said Putin, adding that "Russia fully supports previous Security Council resolutions". With the international community in near consensus in opposing US President...
(AFP (eng) 12/11/17)
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Cairo on Monday for a meeting with Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, an airport official said, after a surprise visit to Syria. Russian news agencies reported that Putin had on Monday visited Moscow's Hmeimim airbase in Syria, where he gave the order for a partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria. The Egyptian airport official said Putin's plane had landed in Cairo around 1015 GMT, apparently following a stopover in Syria. Putin last visited Cairo in February 2015, when he and Sisi reached an agreement for Russia to build Egypt's first nuclear power plant in Dabaa on the Mediterranean coast.
(AFP (eng) 12/11/17)
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was to meet Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo Monday over US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Egypt's presidency said. Trump's move has drawn near universal condemnation, and Palestinian officials say Abbas will refuse to meet US Vice President Mike Pence when he travels to the region later this month. Sisi has invited Abbas "to a bilateral summit for consultations on Monday in Cairo to discuss developments related to the United States' recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital", said Bassam Radi, a spokesman for the Egyptian presidency. Official Palestinian news agency WAFA said Abbas and Sisi spoke by telephone on Sunday and "continued consultations...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/11/17)
Russian President Vladimir Putin met Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo on Monday for talks over a nuclear power plant and tensions in the Middle East following Washington’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Putin’s visit to Cairo reflects the deepening ties between Russia and Egypt, the second largest recipient of U.S. military aid after Israel and a strategic U.S. partner in the Middle East because of its control of the Suez Canal. Putin, who is due to...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/11/17)
Egypt’s Coptic Church has rejected a meeting requested by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during his visit later this month in protest against Washington’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, MENA state news agency reported on Saturday. The Church “excused itself from hosting Mike Pence” when he visits Egypt, citing President Donald Trump’s decision “at an unsuitable time and without consideration for the feelings of millions of people”, MENA said.
(AFP (eng) 12/11/17)
Up to 6,000 Africans who fought for the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in Iraq and Syria could return home, the African Union's top security official warned Sunday, calling on countries to prepare for the threat. Smail Chergui, the AU's commissioner for peace and security, said African nations would need to work closely with each other and share intelligence to counter returning militants. "There are reports of 6,000 African fighters among the 30,000 foreign elements who joined this terrorist group...
(AFP (eng) 12/07/17)
Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Egypt on December 11 to meet his counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the Egyptian president's office said on Thursday. Putin has close ties with Sisi and had previously visited Egypt in 2015. Russia has sold arms to Egypt and is helping the North African country's first nuclear plant. "During the visit, the two presidents will hold talks on ways to further advancing frameworks of bilateral cooperation across various areas, particularly political, economic and trade relations,"...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/06/17)
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday there was no need to “complicate” matters in the Middle East after Trump phoned him to talk about his decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a Cairo presidential statement said. It said Sisi cautioned Trump against “taking measures that would undermine the chances of peace in the Middle East”. “The Egyptian president affirmed the Egyptian position on preserving the legal status of Jerusalem within the framework of international references and relevant U.N. resolutions,” the statement said.
(AFP (eng) 12/05/17)
Egyptian police on Tuesday arrested former interior minister Habib al-Adly who had been on the run to avoid serving a prison sentence for embezzlement, his lawyer told AFP. Adly, whose iron-fisted command of the country's police helped fuel a 2011 uprising that unseated longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak, was arrested in Cairo, lawyer Essam al-Batawy said. State television also reported Adly's arrest. He was sentenced in April to seven years in prison along with 10 other former officials for embezzling about $122 million. He had been a fugitive since then. He had contested his sentence which an appeals court will examine in January. Adly had previously been acquitted of charges of responsibility...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/05/17)
CAIRO (Reuters) - Former Egyptian interior minister Habib al-Adly has been arrested after failing to attend his sentencing in a trial over corruption charges, two security sources said on Tuesday. Adly, who served under ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, was due to attend the final hearing in April and hand himself over to authorities, but did not show up and had been missing since then. A copy of the April verdict obtained by Reuters showed that Adly and two other...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/05/17)
CAIRO (Reuters) - Former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafik, who returned home from the United Arab Emirates in mysterious circumstances after announcing his bid for Egypt’s presidency, told Reuters on Monday he was “fine” but was prevented from saying much more. A Reuters reporter approached Shafik at a Marriott Hotel in a Cairo suburb, where he was accompanied by men in civilian clothes who refused to let him talk and quickly sent the reporter away. “I‘m fine, thanks to God,”...
(AFP (eng) 12/04/17)
Former Egyptian premier and presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafiq said on Sunday he was reconsidering his intention to run in the 2018 presidential elections, after relatives said his whereabouts were unknown for around 24 hours. Shafiq had not been seen since an airport official said he landed in Cairo on Saturday evening after aides claimed the Emirati authorities deported him. The former army general was forced to leave the Gulf country, where he had been living in exile since 2012, after...
(AFP (eng) 12/04/17)
A lawyer for former Egyptian premier and presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafiq on Sunday demanded access to him after he was reportedly deported from the United Arab Emirates to his homeland. Shafiq has not been seen since an airport official said he landed back in Cairo on Saturday evening after aides claimed the Emirati authorities loaded him onto a private jet. The former army general was forced to leave the Gulf country, where he had been living in exile since 2012,...
(AFP (eng) 12/04/17)
Egyptian military prosecutors ordered a colonel be detained for 15 days after he announced plans to run in the country's 2018 presidential election, his lawyer said Sunday. Colonel Ahmed Konsowa was detained on Saturday on suspicion of "behaviour that harms the requirements of the military" because he "published a video and stated political views," said the lawyer, Asaad Heikal. The 42-year-old colonel was detained for 15 days in preventive custody as the prosecution investigates the case, Heikal told AFP. Konsowa announced his plans to stand in the election in video messages and a statement posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
(AFP (eng) 12/03/17)
UAE officials on Saturday deported former Egyptian premier and presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafiq from the Gulf country he had been living in since 2012 to Egypt after he announced his candidacy in upcoming elections, two of his aides told AFP. Shafiq landed in Cairo airport on Saturday evening and quickly left to an unknown destination, an airport official said. His relatives told AFP almost six hours after his arrival that they did not know his whereabouts. The move comes days...
(AFP (eng) 12/01/17)
Leaders at an EU-Africa summit called Thursday for the immediate evacuation of nearly 4,000 distressed African migrants in Libya under a new drive to fight slave traders and traffickers. Wrapping up a two-day summit in Ivory Coast's economic capital, a top African Union (AU) official said there could be as many as 700,000 Africans stranded in Libya, where many have suffered atrocities and even been sold into slavery. He said a fact-finding mission had seen one camp in Tripoli where...
(AFP (eng) 11/30/17)
A summit gathering European and African leaders from more than 80 countries drew to a close Thursday with plans for the immediate evacuation of some 3,800 African migrants stranded in Libya. Wrapping up the summit in the Ivorian capital, a top African Union official said there could be as many as 700,000 Africans trapped in Libya, where many have suffered attrocities and even been sold into slavery. The two-day summit of the African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) was showcased as a project to boost development in Africa as it faces a population crunch.
(AFP (eng) 11/30/17)
Egyptian ex-premier Ahmed Shafiq said Wednesday the United Arab Emirates had barred him from leaving the country, which the UAE denied, only hours after an announcement he would run for president in his homeland next year. "I was surprised that I was banned from leaving the brotherly nation of the United Arab Emirates, for reasons I do not understand," Shafiq said in a video message sent to AFP. "I was intending to carry out a tour among the Egyptian diaspora...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/29/17)
CAIRO (Reuters) - Former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, a former air force commander and ex-presidential candidate, told Reuters on Wednesday he intended to run in the presidential election early next year, saying he would return to Egypt in the “coming days”. In a video declaration sent to Reuters and a telephone statement, Shafiq said he would run in the election planned for around April, when President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is widely expected to seek a second term. “I‘m honored...

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