Egypt’s politics digest July 10: Egypt’s FM visits Israel for peace negotiations; Egypt, Ethiopia to sign contract with French office to study GERD’s potential impacts: Minister
Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry - YOUM7

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Egypt’s FM visits Israel for peace negotiations

Egyptian minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry has flied to Israel Saturday for resuming the installed peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel, announced the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement. Shoukry will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss other regional issues of mutual concerns, the statement added.

The peace negotiations between Palestine and Israel were suspended after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced a unity government of Fatah and Hamas representatives in 2014 in light of reaching an inter-Palestinian reconciliation which was rejected by Israel. However on May 17, President Sisi called for reviving the peace talks for “achieving warmer peace.” His call was welcomed by Palestinians and Israeli officials.


Six kidnapped Egyptians in Libya to be deported back home: Beni Walid Council

Six Egyptian nationals, who were kidnapped ten days ago in Libya, are in a safe place in Bani Walid, Egypt’s state-owned news agency MENA reported Bani Walid Council.

The council added that the six people will be deported back home soon. On Sunday, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry announced in a statement that it has contacted with the Libyan side to bring the nationals back home.

The six nationals were kidnapped along the road link between Misrata and Bani Walid by unknown armed group, who asked for ransom.


Egypt, Ethiopia to sign contract with French office to study GERD’s potential impacts: Minister

Egypt and Sudan will sign contracts with French technical consultative office to conduct studies on environmental and economical impacts of the controversial he Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the downstream countries of Egypt and Sudan in few days, Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Atti told Youm7 Saturday.

The technical discussions have halted since February when a tripartite committee, tasked to discuss GERD issues, announced reaching a unanimous agreement on the proposal submitted by the two French consultancy firms on GERD’s potential impact on Sudan and Egypt.

Since May 2011, Cairo has voiced its concern that the dam could reduce the country’s annual share of more than 56 billion cubic meters of Nile water. Addis Ababa, however, has claimed that the dam is necessary for its development, and will not harm downstream countries.

The $4 billion dam is being constructed on the Blue Nile with a capacity of 74 billion cubic meters, and is expected to generate up to 6,000 megawatts of power.


Egypt’s Parliament Speaker heads to Moscow Tuesday

Egypt’s House of Representatives Speaker Ali Abdel Aal will head to Moscow on Tuesday in a three-day visit, during which he and his companying delegation will meet with Sergey Naryshkin, chairperson of Russian Duma, Youm7 reported Sunday.Abdel Aal’s visit came upon an invitation from Naryshkin who paid Egypt a visit in January.

Parliament’s fact-finding committee on corruption of wheat supply sends report to General prosecution

Fact-finding committee, signed by the Egyptian parliament to probe into allegations of stealing public money from wheat procurement, has filed a letter to the state’s prosecution to launch an investigations after it confirmed corruption in wheat supply in a number of silos, Youm7 reported Saturday evening.

Five days ago, number parliamentarians have called for withdrawing the confidence from Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafi over corruption of the wheat supply. There were allegations of wasting 240 million EGP (about $27 million) of wheat procurement from the silos.

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