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Dam negotiations going on: the Ethiopian ambassador to Egypt met the Egyptian FM


The  Ethiopian ambassador to Egypt Taye Stke-Selassie Amde had a meeting with the Egyptian foreign minister  and he said that Sameh Shoukry  will meet his Ethiopian counterpart Workneh Gebeyehu in January to discuss about the deadlock of the tripartite technical committee of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on the possible effects of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). This meeting confirms the Egyptian efforts to break the current deadlock  and solve the disagreements between the three states. In November the negotiations broke down, in fact Egypt approved the European consultancy firms’ report while Sudan and Ethiopia rejected it, demanding major amendments to the technical studies. He stressed that his country is concerned due to the delay in the adoption of the proposed studies, adding that it has the desire to build trust with the others, preserving the Egyptian water interests. The talks between the two minister aims to prepare the upcoming visit of  the Ethiopian prime minister Desalegn to Egypt in January.

Algiers: Algeria and USA discuss proposals for bilateral partnership projects in various fields


The trade Minister Mohamed Benmeradi met, in Algiers, the United States Ambassador John Desrocher, with whom he discussed a series of proposals for bilateral partnership projects in various fields in the short and medium term. Mr. Benmeradi said that the United States of America was one of the main suppliers to the Algerian market, emphasizing “the strong presence of US investors in Algeria in different areas” including the energy sector and their participation in development projects.In this regard, the minister called on the US partner “to contribute to the increase of non-hydrocarbon exports”, through the opening of the country’s market to Algerian agri-food products.He emphasized the importance of capitalizing on the US export experience and creating more bilateral partnerships to support economic growth, in light of the Government’s balanced the national economy, the preservation of foreign exchange reserves and the promotion of Algerian trade at the international level. The US ambassador in Algiers described the relations between the two countries as “strong” and Algeria as “the main economic partner of the United States of America in North Africa”. The United States is ensuring the expansion of economic relations with Algeria and the strengthening of security cooperation and partnership.

Corporate Partnership Charter: A Platform for Recovery and Diversification of the Economy


The Charter on the Partnership Partnership, signed Saturday in Algiers by the Government, the General Union of Algerian Workers (UGTA) and the Patronage, is a framework for the revival and diversification of the national economy, says the document bearing this Charter. The signatories of this Charter are the Prime Minister, Ahmed Ouyahia, for the government, the secretary general of the UGTA, Abdelmadjid Sidi Said, as well as the presidents of the employers’ organizations that are signatories of the National Economic and Social Growth Pact. Several ministers were present at this ceremony. They are the Ministers, respectively, of Finance, Abderrahmane Raouya, Energy, Mustapha Guitouni, Industry and Mining, Youcef Yousfi, Housing Urbanism and City, Abdelwahid Temmar, of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Abdelkader Bouazghi, Labor, Employment and Social Security, Mourad Zemali, Public Works and Transport, Abdelghani Zaalane, and Water Resources, Hocine Necib. Sonatrach’s CEO, Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour, Sonelgaz’s Mohamed Arkab, and the president of the Association of Banks and Financial Institutions (ABEF) were also present.

Vishaj: Chief Prosecutor Marky can’t appoint or dismiss


The head of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, Saimir Vishaj, made a statement in an interview for Report TV, he declared: “Chief Prosecutor Arta Marku cannot appoint or dismiss, but she can command at the helm of any prosecution of judicial districts any prosecutor with moral and professional integrity”. Then he adds that based on the new law on Prosecution, the General Prosecutor has no mandatory role for investigations or abolishing decisions because such competence has passed to the court”. Vishaj clarified that it is in the attributes of the General Prosecutor, but he aroused the concern that there are prosecutors leading prosecutions today, who have lost the functions of command.”The head of the General Prosecution cannot create other institutions without HCP first being established.This lack causes a vacuum in the work of the prosecution. The role of the chief prosecutor should be the selection of the best prosecutors, there are six prosecutors who will be part of the HCP after passing the vetting, together with the five members coming from the parliament. Only an agreement of political subjects will enable the new institutions within spring” concluded Vishaj.

Ministry of Religious Affairs preparing new law on mosques


The Minister of Religious Affairs Ahmed Adhoum said Saturday his department is currently working on the development of a new mosque law . “The ministry is developing a new vision on the law organizing mosques, especially as the law of May 3, 1988 on mosques is considered” too repressive”.”The 1988 law came in a delicate political context. It was developed in a hasty manner, neglecting several aspects related to mosques,” he said, citing, for instance, the definition of this place of worship, its role and its areas of intervention. For his part, Mahbouba Chartaoui, Deputy Director of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Religious Affairs, found it “essential” to revise Articles 10 and 11 of this law, stating that the new draft law on mosques will be the subject of wide consultation that will bring together Imams and preachers, civil society and representatives of mThe minisinistries.

Report from OSCE says that Eighty-five civilians killed in Donbas this year


Eighty-five civilians, including an OSCE representative, have been killed in the conflict in eastern Ukraine since the beginning of 2017, according to the latest data from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission

OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug said this at a briefing in Kyiv on Friday, Ukrinform correspondent reports.

“I would like to take this opportunity to reflect also on the victims of the conflict. This year so far, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission has confirmed the death of 85 people and the injury of 384. Among them was a colleague of ours, Joseph Stone, killed by what probably was an anti-tank mine near Pryshyb on April 23,” Hug said. According to him, while the conflict raged in eastern Ukraine in 2017, observers see the willingness and ability to make things better to improve the lives of the civilian population.

Ukraine successfully tests Vilkha missile system


“I congratulate all Ukrainians on the successful test of the Ukrainian Vilkha missile system. I’ve just received a report that all four missiles hit the target!” he wrote. As UNIAN reported earlier, on August 26, 2016, an adviser to the Minister of Defense Yuriy Biryukov said that the Ukrainian military carried out the first test launch of a new missile. In turn, military expert and director of the information and consulting company Defense Express, Serhiy Zgurets, said that these were the tests of a new missile system based on the Smerch MLRS. “The project name is Vilkha. The launches took place at the testing ground near Odesa – in a place where such tests were held for the first time,” he said. Commenting on the test launches, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov said: “Now we can say with confidence that Ukraine has a new powerful missile weapon, which will become a weighty argument for deterring the aggressor.”





Boris Johnson’s First Russia Visit


British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s first visit to Russia delivered heated discussions and memorable quotes about snacks, spycraft and the importance of his first name. He was the first top British diplomat to visit Russia in 5 years.

Johnson traded barbs with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov over Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 Brexit vote and the suppression of gay rights in Chechnya. Britain’s top diplomat also emphasized London’s attempts to improve ties with Russia and the increased trade turnover between the two countries.

Here are some of the highlights of Johnson’s comments from a bilateral press conference.

On Bentleys and Kettle Chips

“I think we export about 5 billion pounds worth to Russia at the moment. It’s good news that Russian customers are buying loads more British things — from Kettle Crisps [Chips] to Bentleys, and I would in no way discourage that.”

On Trusting Russia

“It’s a measure of my trust that, as soon as I got into this excellent Foreign Ministry, I immediately handed my coat, my hat, my gloves, and indeed everything that was in my pocket — secret or otherwise — to Sergei Lavrov, in the knowledge that he would look after it and it would come to no harm.”

Facilitation in exporting service acces


The Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation, Zied Ladhari, in the presence of Mr. Omar Bahi, Minister of Commerce, and the Swiss Ambassador to Tunisia, Rita Adam, signed today a convention on the Swiss import promotion program (Sippo).
Funded by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco), Sippo facilitates imports from countries in transition, such as Tunisia, into the Swiss and European markets. This program is worth almost 4 million dinars and is being implemented by the Swiss contact Foundation to help exporters gain access to new markets.
A first phase of the Sippo program in Tunisia covers the period 2017-2020 with a budget of more than 1.5 million Swiss francs (nearly 4 million dinars). If successful, it may be followed by two subsequent phases of the same duration. Three economic sectors will be covered: high-value fishery products, processed foods and natural ingredients.

Vucic asks Putin if Moscow could be a mediator in Kosovo dialogue


“I asked if Russia could act as a mediator and the Russian president agreed”, said Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, during his meeting in Moscow with Russian Federation Council Chairwoman Valentina Matviyenko relating on his meeting with President Vladimir Putin. Vucic added, “if the (Kosovo) Albanians demand that the US become a mediator in the Kosovo talks, then we will demand that Russia join the process”. Serbian President stated to truly appreciate Russia’s support in preserving country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity considering it extremely important. He also stressed to expect Moscow’s support in the future. The same day, Belgrade news agency Beta stated that the Kremlin “did not wish to comment” on Russia’s possible mediator role. The spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, when asked about the possibility of expanding the format of the negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina, referred that the issue of Kosovo was seriously addressed during the Russian-Serbian talks. While representatives of Pristina expressed favorably on the United States getting involved in the dialogue. In fact, it is worth mentioning that dialogue was launched after the Kosovo issue was transferred from the UN to the EU in 2010, which has been acting as the facilitator ever since.

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