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El-Sisi holds talks with Putin on sidelines of BRICS summit in China


Egypt’s president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday, on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in the Chinese city of Xiamen, state-run news agency MENA reported.The meeting included talks on several bilateral and international topics of a common interest. According to the presidency spokesperson Alaa Youssef, Putin praised the increase in trade between the two countries, as well as the bilateral coordination on regional and international issues. Meanwhile, El-Sisi invited Putin to attend a celebration at the site of the Dabaa nuclear-power station, which Egypt is planning to build with Russian assistance. El-Sisi is also expected to holding bilateral meetings with his Chinese and Indian counterparts during the three-day summit, as well as meeting with a number of large Chinese companies investing in Egypt.Earlier today, Sisi delivered a speech before the BRICS Business Forum, where he spoke of Egypt’s economic reform program, and related reforms of the subsidy system and social security system.

Italian ambassador to return to Cairo on 14 September: Italian foreign minister


Italy’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Angelino Alfano announced on Monday that the Italian ambassador to Egypt, Giampaolo Cantini, will take up his position in Cairo on 14 September, state-run news agency MENA reported. Egypt’s ambassador to Italy, Hesham Badr, will resume his role in Rome on the same date.Alfano made the announcement during a session of the foreign affairs committee at the Italian parliament, according to Italy’s AGI new agency: “Egypt is an inextricable partner of Italy, and also Italy is an inextricable partner of Egypt”, said Alfano. “Therefore, it is impossible for our countries not to have high-level political and diplomatic dialogue”. Alfano also said that sending Cantini to Cairo is intended to consolidate the political and ethical obligations of the Italian government regarding the search for the truth about the murder of Italian researcher Guilio Regeni.


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