UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest July 10: On rare Israel visit, FM Sameh Shoukry calls for 2-state solution, says ‘terrorism hinders peace process’
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a press conference Sunday in Jerusalem.

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On rare Israel visit, Egyptian FM calls for 2-state solution 

The Egyptian foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that his visit to Israel Sunday comes as part of the President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s vision to put an end to the Israeli-Palestinian long conflict and achieve a comprehensive and fair peace between both countries. He said that since the peace talks have stopped in 2014, the situation has got worse and humanitarian crisis in Palestinian has increased, adding that it is difficult now to accept the call for “maintaining the status quo.”

Shoukry said that the spread of terrorism across the world has increased the fragility of the situation in the Middle East, and leads to hindering peach process in the region, according to Youm7.

AP reported Shoukry as saying that Egypt remains a “steadfast and unwavering” supporter of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Sameh Shoukry’s trip to Jerusalem Sunday is the first such visit since 2007. After decades of wars followed by a cold peace, Israel has emerged as a discreet ally to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

Possible EgyptAir crash debris found in Israel, delivered in Egypt 

The Criminal Evidence department at the Interior Ministry has received a box that is believed to belong to the crashed EgyptAir flight MS804 after it was washed up near an Israeli beach. A technical committee will verify whether the box is part of the wreckage of the ill-fated plane that fall into the Mediterranean Sea in May.


14 takfiris killed, attempted attack thwarted in North Sinai: Armed forces

The Armed Forces announced thwarting an attempted attack Sunday at one of the security ambushes stationed in Sheikh Zuwayed city, North Sinai, Youm7 reported.

Security patrol in the restive area in the peninsula have killed 14 “takfiris” in fire exchange amid security operations that took place in Arish, Rafah and Sheikh Zuwayed cities over the past days.


3 parliamentary sub-committees to discuss Regeni’s murder case Tuesday

Three parliamentary sub-committees are scheduled to hold a meeting Tuesday to discuss the developments of the murder of the Italian student Julio Regeni, Youm7 quoted Maj. Gen. Kamal Amer, the head of the Defence and National Security committee.

The Italian parliament has recently agreed to halt military support to Egypt in an escalation to strained relations between both countries as Italy complained that Egypt has not arrested the killers so far. Egypt has responded by saying that the Italian escalation would affect both countries’ cooperation on curbing illegal immigration.


Cairo Court rules to fine Al-Jazeera network $100K in compensation to Egyptian journalist

North Cairo Court has ruled to fine the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network around $100,000 per a compensation lawsuit filed by Al-Watan journalist Shaimaa Adel against the network. Adel accused the Qatari network of using her picture on the screen while talking with another journalist on the phone while covering a protest by pro-Muslim Brotherhood in August 2013.


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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