UPDATE: Egypt’s Politics digest July 9:Parliament to discuss Italy’s decision to cut military supplies to Egypt next week
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Parliament to discuss Italy’s decision to cut military supplies to Egypt next week

The speaker of Egypt’s parliament Ali Abdel Aal has called for an urgent meeting with members of three committees next week to discuss Italy’s recent decision to suspend military supplies to Cairo over “unfruitful probe” into the death of Cambridge student Giulio Regeni, Youm7 reported.

Abdel Aal will meet with members of foreign affairs, national security and human rights committees to evaluate the situation and to discuss ways to solve the issue and review suggestions of MPs to reconsider economic and petroleum agreements of the two countries.

The decision to halt was made as an escalation from the Italian side against Egypt for the death of Regeni, whose dead body was found in a roadside ditch on the outskirts of Cairo on Feb. 3.

Tripartite committee to sign GERD technical study contract with BRL: minister  

Water ministers from Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia will meet in Addis Ababa during the next few days to sign contracts with French firm BRL to carry out impact studies of controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD,) Youm7 quoted Egyptian Water Minister Mohamed Abdel Atty on Saturday.

The studies are focused on the GERD’s work period and schedule, techniques and impact of the expected decrease in water flow to the downstream countries; Egypt and Sudan.

On May 5, 2014, Egypt issued a report cautioning that building the dam, which is expected to be operational in 2017, could shrink Egypt’s share of Nile water by 12 billion cubic meters.

Ethiopia has claimed that the dam is necessary for its development, and that it would not affect Egypt’s share of water.

US Special Envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes Region due in Cairo mid July

U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Thomas Perriello will travel to Brazzaville, Republic of Congo; Arusha, Tanzania; Paris, France; Cairo, Egypt; and Luanda, Angola July 9 to 23, the U.S. Department of States announced Saturday.

Perriello will attend the East African Community-led dialogue amongst Burundian stakeholders in Arusha, as part of the continued U.S. support for the process and former Tanzanian President Mkapa’s facilitation. He will emphasize that the dialogue remains the best option to peacefully resolve the crisis in Burundi and achieve a consensus path forward for the country.

Egypt’s parliament speaker due in Moscow Tuesday for bilateral talks

The speaker of Egypt’s parliament will visit Moscow on Tuesday in an official visit where he will meet with Russian Chairman of the State Duma Sergey Naryshkin to discuss ways of establishing “platform for cooperation between the two parliaments,” the Egyptian ambassador to Russia Mohamed el Badry told Sputnik Saturday.

During the visit, which comes in response to an invitation from Naryshkin, Abdel Aal will also meet with the speaker of Russia’s Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko, as well as several Russian ministers to discuss all aspects of the Russian-Egyptian relations, according to Badry.

Egypt to nominate ambassador Moushira Khattab for Director-General of UNESCO

Egypt has officially decided to nominate former Egyptian Minister of Family and Population Affairs ambassador Moushira Khattab for the post of Director-General of UNESCO, to be successor to Irina Bokova, who has decided to compete for the post of United Nations secretary-general, anonymous Egyptian officials told Youm7 Saturday.

The officials added that Khattab has started a number of secret visits to the UNESCO state members to see their stances towards its nomination before Egypt’s official announcement.

Egypt’s parliament sends Italian Senate, Chamber of Deputies messages on suspension of military Supply to Cairo

Foreign Affairs Committee chairperson of the Egyptian House of Representatives Mohamed al-Orabi will head Saturday to Italy to deliver two messages from the Egyptian Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal to the Italian Senate President Pietro Grasso‎ and Italian Chamber of Deputies President Laura Boldrini, Youm7 reported. The messages tackle the Italian decision of suspension of military supplies to Egypt in protest against the killing of Italian student Giulio Regeni earlier this year.

Egyptian lawmaker calls UNSC to try Tony Blair, George W. Bush over ‘committing war crimes’ in Iraq

An Egyptian parliamentarian called on the United Nation Security Council and the UN General Assembly to hold former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former U.S. President George W. Bush accountable over accusations of “committing war crimes” during 2003 invasion into Iraq.

Egyptian army to participate in Russia’s 2016 International Army Games in August

Egyptian army will participate in the International Army Games – 2016, scheduled to take place in Russia in August with participation of 19 armies, Russian news agency TASS reported Friday.

More than 3,000 soldiers from the participating countries will carry out their games in 19 military sites, in light of enhancing the military expertise.

ENCHR coordinate with Parliament to review amendments to bills of protest law, contempt of religion

Egyptian National Council for Human Rights (ENCHR) said that there is coordination with the House of Representatives to review amendments to two bills of protest law and contempt of religion, ENCHR member told Youm7 Friday.

He added that the council is negotiating with the concerned bodies to release those who detained over protesting against Egypt-Saudi deal of maritime boundaries demarcation, and those who detained without committing violence-related crimes.

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