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Egypt supports Libyan unity, territorial integrity: Army's Chief of Staff tells Haftar during Benghazi visit

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Egypt supports ongoing efforts to preserve the unity of Libya and its territorial integrity, the Egyptian army’s Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazi told Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar during a Wednesday visit to Benghazi. In an official statement by the Egyptian armed forces, spokesman Tamer El-Refai said Hegazi, told that main topic was domestic policies and international developments. Egypt envoy also congratulates Haftar the third anniversary of Dignity Operation. Haftar said he valued Cairo’s support for the Libyan National Army, referring to the exchange of experience and training with their Egyptian counterparts in various fields. He also praised Cairo’s ongoing support for solving the Libyan crisis and ending terrorism in the country.Hegazi’s visit comes only a few days after Haftar visited Cairo to meet with Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

Putin and Abbas to meet next Thursday.

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Nofal added the two men will discuss the results of the Arab League summit in Amman, with special attention paid to the Palestinian issue and the struggle against terrorism, as well as Abbas’s meeting this past week with U.S. President Donald Trump.”The Russian and Palestinian leaders will also discuss bilateral relations and intra-Palestinian reconciliation”, Nofal told TASS. Russia has expressed an interest in mediating Israel-PA peace talks which have been frozen since 2014. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said several months ago that Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to host an Israeli-Palestinian summit to revive the talks. Several days later, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Putin held a telephone conversation in which they discussed the peace process, among other things, though a Kremlin spokesman later clarified there was “nothing concrete” yet on a meeting between Abbas and Netanyahu.

 

Egyptian President Al-Sisi to visit Gulf countries starting with UAE.

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Egypt continues to install its diplomacy at regional level. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will head to the United Arab Emirates on a two-day visit to hold talks with UAE leaders to discuss how best to enhance bilateral relations as well as continuing consultations and coordination on various issues of common concern. This meeting adress a message of cooperation facing the Arab Nations challenges, according to Egyptian President. Both countries mentioned their bilateral relations to enforce living standards in both countries, especially in the current crisis of the region. Egypt will continue its talks with other regional States during next days, Sisi will visit Kuwait and Bahrain next Sunday in the framework of enhancing joint cooperation. He will discuss several issues -combating terrorism in particular- as well as joint cooperation on issues of common interest including the Palestinian conflict and the situations in Libya, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs responds to ElBaradei’s Tweet of issuing his passport.

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The official spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Abou Zaid, responded on Saturday to former vice president for foreign affairs Mohamed ElBaradei’s tweet that his passport has been issued and will be handed to the Egyptian embassy in Vienna. The conflict started after a tweet of foreign minister deploring the long time for him to obtain a passport, which need normally a couple of days, but he is waiting for at least one month. He told in a tweet “I hope that Egyptian authorities are not mistaking basic civil rights with political conflict”. To understant origins of tensions, we need to understand tha tEl-Baradei had important responsabilities under Morsi, and he leaves out of Egypt since 2013 and Sissi arrival.

 

Armed forces, over 30,000 policemen secure the Pope’s visit to Egypt .

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High security for official Pope’s two-days visit to Egypt. After attacks against Coptic community in North Sinai, and especially attacks of Palm Sunday, and the application of the state of emergency Pope’s visit had been placed under high security. Egypt’s armed forces and over 30,000 policemen participate in securing Pope Francis’ visit to Egypt upon orders of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, security sources told al-Masry al-Youm.The Interior Ministry has stationed combat teams, rapid deployment units, bomb squads and hundreds of officers and traffic personnel on the streets and squares of Cairo to secure the route of the Pope’s motorcade.

 

Amnesty and Human Right Watch raise alarm over Egypt 'extrajudicial killing' video

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New alarm from Human Right Watch against Egypt after videos showing Egyptian militarise killing to armed men in North Sinai Members of the Egyptian military are responsible for at least seven unlawful killings, including shooting a 17-year-old child, according to human rights campaigners. According to Amnesty International, these actions show that Egyptian army isn’t afraid by a hierarchic repression, or sentence in front of the crime, which could explain the multiplication of those cases. Moreover, “These outrageous killings confirm that Egypt’s counterterrorism campaign in the Sinai is out of control”, said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Egypt’s allies cannot claim ignorance about these deadly abuses”. Publication of the last video was few years after James Mattis meeting with Al-Sissi, on Thursday. Amnesty International urged D.Trump, to take some measures against Egypt, to protect Human Rights in the country.

 

Turkish Foreign Minister extends condolences to Egyptian counterpart over ISIL church attacks.

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Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on April 10 extended his condolences to Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, over two Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) church attacks in the country in a phone call, marking a rare diplomatic interaction between the two countries since relations soured after the ouster of Mohamad Morsi in 2013. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced a three-month state of emergency following twin church bombings by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that killed at least 44 people on Palm Sunday, April 9, the deadliest attacks on the minority in recent memory.

 

Egyptian President Al-Sisi declared the state of emergency.

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First political answer to terrorists attacks which have injured Egypt on Sunday. Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has declared a three-month state of emergency. The decision had been taken after a Security Defence Council held at the presidential palace. He stated that the state of emergency would be implemented after all “legal and constitution steps” were taken. The majority of parliament members supported al-Sisi. The two attacks had been vindicated by Islamic State few hours after the attacks.

 

Economic agenda dominates Al-Sisi’s first day in Washington.

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Economic meetings were at the top of the list of activities on President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s first day in Washington. He met with the president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, and executive directors of the General Electric (GE) conglomerate. The meeting with the head of the World Bank had been focused on the different challenges that Egypt need to front of to implement its economical reform, meanwhile he also approved his willingness to pursue the cooperation with Egypt. According to the meeting with the GE, Al-Sisi has expressed his willingness to pursue the cooperation between Egypt and US’ companies

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