Sunday 20 August 2017
(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)
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 allowed King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, to own land and property in Egypt’s Sinai. The decree was released due to the fact that Egyptian law restricts land and property ownership rights, in Sinai, to Egyptians born to...
(The New Times 08/16/17)
Presidents Paul Kagame and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Rwanda and Egypt respectively, have committed to bolster economic ties between their two countries for the mutual benefit of their respective citizens. The two heads of state were speaking after holding talks at Urugwiro Village on Tuesday. President Sisi is on an official visit to Rwanda as part of his four-state tour, which also includes Tanzania, Chad, and Gabon. The two presidents said that their governments will strive to promote trade exchange, joint investments as well as creating linkages between private sectors of both countries.
(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
The Egyptian ministry of Social Solidarity on Tuesday signed a cooperation protocol with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime to develop social care institutions, official news agency MENA reported. The three-year protocol targets improving re-qualification programs to reach to all the children in social care institutions, Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali said. The protocol seeks to focus on psychosocial-social, economic-legal aspects as well as improving the capabilities of the employees in those institutions, Wali added. The ministry, in...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Tuesday that his country is proud of constructive cooperation relations with Cyprus. In a phone call with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, Sisi highlighted the importance of promoting "distinguished relations" between the two countries in all fields, official MENA news agency reported. The Egyptian president also expressed his appreciation for Cyprus' supportive stances on Egypt's efforts to establish the pillars of security and stability in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Anastasiades also hailed the relations between Cairo and Nicosia, noting that his country is keen to promote such relations. They also discussed ways to strengthen the tripartite cooperation mechanism
(Sudan Tribune 08/04/17)
Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour has called the Egyptian government to cooperate on ways to stop the support provided by some Libyan parties to the rebel groups from Darfur region. Ghandour and his visiting counterpart Sameh Shoukry held Thursday the joint political consultations meeting where they discussed the implementation of outcomes of the joint presidential cooperation committee, held last June, including the strategic cooperation document, the consulate cooperation, border crossing committee, coordination at regional and international forums as well as...
(AfricaNews 08/04/17)
Sudan and Egypt have reinstated their talks after a short-lived diplomatic row in May that resulted in the cancellation of a trip by the Sudanese foreign minister to Cairo. The age-old tension was sparked following accusations by President Omar al-Bashir that Egypt is arming rebel groups to topple his government. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi also rejected the claim saying saying “Egypt does not conspire” against anyone. On Wednesday, Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry visited Khartoum for the continuation of...
(AfricaNews 08/04/17)
Egypt has nominated former family and population minister Moushira Khattab to contest for the director-general position of the United Nations’ cultural agency UNESCO. This is the second attempt by Egypt after it nominated former culture minister Farouk Hosni who lost the election in 2009 to Irina Bokova. Egyptian Moushira Khattab seeks to be the next woman director-general after Bokova, and also be the first from the African region. She is a human rights advocate known for championing women’s and children’s...
(AfricaNews 08/04/17)
Egypt will chair the United Nations Security Council this month and it has promised to review sanctions on some countries over sale of weapons to terrorist groups. The Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement cited by local media Ahram Online on Monday that the review will be done to evaluate the effectiveness of earlier sanctions imposed by the council. Egypt says it will work as the chair to eliminate the supply of weapons, ammunition and military equipment to terrorist...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Sudan and Egypt on Thursday reiterated commitment to enhancing cooperation and overcoming any barriers obstructing their historical ties. Meetings of the joint political consultation committee between Sudan and Egypt on Thursday convened in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, chaired by Sudan's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry. Speaking at a joint press conference, the two ministers regarded the meetings as evidence of willingness of the two countries' leadership to enhance bilateral relations.
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Egypt hosted over the past three days two delegations from the Libyan eastern region of Barqa and the northwestern port city of Misrata to outline a roadmap for inter-Libyan national reconciliation, the Egyptian army said in a statement on Thursday. Led by Egypt's Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazy, the Egyptian Committee on Libya held separate talks with the two delegations, followed by joint talks with their representatives without preconditions, said military spokesman Tamer al-Refaay in the statement. The participants agreed on a time-scheduled roadmap including mechanisms for future meetings "in order to achieve true reconciliation that enhances means of coexistence between Libyans
(Daily News Egypt 07/31/17)
Reshuffle included a new department for illegal immigration and hiring of new security directors for North and South Sinai. President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi praised the efforts of the Ministry of Interior in countering extremism in the latest period, according to the Egyptian presidency. During a meeting with Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel Ghaffar, Al-Sisi was briefed on the latest security updates in the country, a statement by the presidency said, adding that the president asserted that the ministry has to...
(AFP (eng) 07/27/17)
Egypt has created a "national council" to combat the rise of Islamist "terrorism" which has targeted its security forces and Coptic Christian minority, in a presidential decree issued on Wednesday. The decree, published in Egypt's official gazette, sets up a "national council to combat terrorism and extremism" by adopting a "global national strategy". The council is to be chaired by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and will comprise the sheikh of Al-Azhar, the highest Sunni religious authority in Egypt, and its...
(AFP (eng) 07/26/17)
Hala Gamal looks at a pile of rubble on Cairo's Warraq island -- all that's left of her house after a police operation to evict residents accused of squatting on state land. Gamal, 31, said she had left the Nile island in the capital's north on July 16 to buy breakfast. She returned to find her home destroyed and her children on the street. As part of a government campaign to reclaim hundreds of thousands of hectares of state-owned land,...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/17)
Egypt warned the EU on Tuesday that four Arab states would accept no compromise in their dispute with Qatar over allegations that the gas-rich emirate supports terrorism. Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, speaking after talks with European Union diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels, said Qatar must accept in full the demands by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. "It is not an issue of compromise, we cannot compromise with any form of terrorism, we cannot compromise or enter into any form of negotiations," Shoukry told a press conference. "It is only once the necessary measures are undertaken by Qatar
(Reuters (Eng) 07/25/17)
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday his government would keep up a blockade of Qatar by four Arab states over charges it supports terrorism, in defiance of international efforts to end the crisis. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and travel ties with Qatar in June, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants in the worst crisis among Arab states in years, a charge that Doha denies. "Egypt will stand by its decision and...
(AL Jazeera 07/25/17)
Foreign Minister tells EU's Mogherini that Qatar must accept in full demands by Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Egypt has said that the four Arab states will accept no compromise in their dispute with Qatar over allegations that Doha supports "terrorism". Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, speaking after talks with the European Union diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels on Tuesday, said Qatar must accept in full the demands by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(Xinhuanet 07/20/17)
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday for an official visit to Iraq to discuss counterterrorism cooperation. Shoukry arrived in Baghdad airport before noon and was received by his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari. The two officials held a meeting in Jaafari's office, where they discussed bilateral ties, intelligence and security coordination and fighting IS group in the region. After announcing victory against IS group in Mosul, "the intelligence and security coordination must continue because we are not confronting a traditional army. They are terrorist suicide groups that can appear here and there," Jaafari said at a joint press conference with Shoukry after
(Reuters (Eng) 07/19/17)
Some of the people who helped propel Egypt's president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to power are calling for his replacement in an election next year, a sign of a shift in the still widespread view that he is a force for stability. Although the former military commander has yet to declare he will run in the June election, only two people have aired the idea of challenging him and even they say Sisi is likely to win, aided by a crackdown...

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