UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest June 30:Egypt “dissatisfied” with Italy senate vote on halting F-16 spar parts supplies: statement
The coffin of Italian student Giulio Regeni is carried during his funeral in Fiumicello, northern Italy, February 12, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer
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Egypt “dissatisfied” with Italy senate vote on halting F-16 spar parts supplies: statement

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday expressed dissatisfaction over the recent Italian Senate vote to halt supplies of spare parts of F-16 jets to Egypt, state news agency MENA reported.

“The decision did not take in consideration the extent of cooperation between investigation authorities of the two countries to reveal the truth beyond Juluio Regeni’s murder,” according to the foreign ministry statement.

On Wednesday, the Italian senate voted for halting the supplies to Egypt in protest against the death of Regeni in February.

Sisi reiterates call for religious reform as part of counter-terrorism plan

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi called for religious reforms to confront the ideology of extremists as part of the state’s fighting-terrorism plan.

“We are fighting against terrorism during one of the most difficult periods not only for the Egyptian people but also for the Arab nations and the Middle East area,” said Sisi In a televised speech aired Thursday marking the 3rd anniversary of June 30 mass protest that toppled former President Mohamed Morsi.

Sisi sworn in as Egypt’s president two years ago. During the speech, Sisi reviewed mega projects accomplished during his tenure.

Date to resume flights to Egypt remains unspecified: Russian Amb. To Cairo

Resuming flights between Russia and Egypt is “a top priority” for the two countries but it requires bilateral contacts and efforts to improve airport and aircraft security, Russian Ambassador to Cairo Sergei Kirpichenko was quoted by Youm7 Thursday.

Flights between Russia and Egypt were suspended after a Russian Airbus A321, en route from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, crashed on October 31, 2015.

Italy votes to halt aviation supplies to Egypt over student death – Reuters

The Italian Senate voted on Wednesday to halt supplies to Egypt of spare parts for F16 warplanes in protest against the killing of Italian student Giulio Regeni earlier this year.

Italy has repeatedly complained that Egyptian authorities have not cooperated to find those responsible for the 28-year-old student’s death, and in April it withdrew its ambassador to Egypt for consultations.

However Wednesday’s vote in the Italian Senate marked the first commercial steps taken against Cairo. After a heated debate, the upper house of parliament passed the so-called Regeni amendment by 159 to 55.

Black box of EgyptAir flight MS804 shows signs of fire on board

The black box flight recorders on EgyptAir Flight MS804  showed signs of high temperature damage and soot,  Reuters reported the Egyptian committee ,tasked to investigate and the plane crash.  “Those were the first physical signs that fire may have broken out on the A320 airliner, in addition to maintenance messages indicating smoke alarms in the avionics area and lavatory,” Reuters said.

Parliament studies to toughen punishment of leaking high school exams

Education Committee of Egypt’s Parliament is considering a set of proposals aim to put an end to the Thanaweya Amma (high school diploma) exams leaks; one of such proposals aims to toughen the punishment of  exams leakage, Youm7 reported Magda Nasr, a member of the committee. in 2015, Egypt’s government has agreed a draft law, per which students caught cheating on leaking information about tyheir final and mid-term exams could face up to a year in prison and fines between 20,000 EGP ($2,2532), and 50,000 EGP ($5,633.1).

Egyptian mission members in conflict-stricken Wau city of South Sudan are ‘safe’

Egyptian water mission members in South Sudan are in safe and they were away from the clashes that broke out for three days in the city of Wau, said Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Atti in a statement Wednesday. The clashes claimed lives a number of lives and forced civilians to flee the city and take United Nations offices and headquarters as shelters, the statement added.

In May, 205, Egypt and South Sudan have ratified studies on establishing a dam on South Sudanese Wau River. Egypt has given South Sudan a $1 billion grant to conduct feasibility studies; the Egyptian missions is carrying out several projects in South Sudan, including the digging of 30 underground wells for about 500,000 citizens and a pumping station built in Wau by Egypt’s Arab Contractors company.

999 traveled through Rafah border Wednesday

The Egypt-Gaza border crossing of Rafah received 999 travelers in the first day of its operation Wednesday; 572 arrived in Egypt and 427 left for the Gaza Strip. Those who crossed the border were Palestinian patients, passengers, students, and dual citizens.

The border crossing will open to Sunday in both directions for patients, holders of foreign visas and residencies and humanitarian cases, according to a Monday statement by the Palestinian embassy in Cairo. The crossing was opened for a few days earlier in June and in May. The opening has been extended to the Edi al-Fitr, when the Muslims nationwide celebrate the end of their holy month of Ramadan.

Egypt ends problems of 32 nationals, three Arab people stranded in Turkey’s Ataturk airport

Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs have solved the problems of 32 Egyptian nationals, including three children, and three Arab nationals stranded in Turkey’s Ataturk Airport which has been closed after terrorist attacks targeted it and claimed lives of 36 people and injured more than 140, the ministry announced in a statement. Egypt have contacted with the Turkish authorities and got temporary presence for the stranded in Turkey until re-operation of the airport.

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