Update Egypt’s politics digest July 13: Sisi, Arab League Secretary General talk 27th Arab Summit in Nouakchott; Egypt’s Attorney General to visit Moscow at end of July to talk aviation security
Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi meets with Arab League Secretary Genera; Ahmed Aboul Gheit Wednesday on July 13- photo courtesy of Egyptian presidential office.
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Egypt, Germany sign agreement on security cooperation

Egypt and Germany have signed an agreement on security cooperation that includes the exchange of information as well as means to combat electronic crimes, financing terrorism and money laundering, according to a statement from the Egyptian Presidential office. Presiddent Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met Wednesday with Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel Ghaffar, who paid visit to Germany for signing the agreement.

“President Sisi stressed the importance on following up on and implementing the outcomes of this visit while considering the strong correlation between realizing security and stability and other political, economic and social aspects of development. The President expressed that Egypt values its relations with Germany and is keen on enhancing them to serve the interests of both countries,” the statement read.

 Sisi, Arab League Secretary General talk 27th Arab Summit in Nouakchott

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met Wednesday with Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit, who reviewed ongoing preparations for the 27th Arab Summit in Nouakchott due to be held on July 25 and 26. Egypt will chair the summit which will focus on how to enhance the role of the Arab League in Arab, regional and international arenas as well as ways to support the joint Arab action at the political, economic and social levels, according to a statement from the Egyptian Presidential office.

Egypt buys 9 Boeing planes in $864M deal

(AP)- EgyptAir says it has purchased nine Boeing planes in an $864 million deal mostly financed by the United Arab Emirates.

The airline said in a statement Wednesday that Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, which is partly owned by the investment arm of the Dubai government, will finance eight of the new planes. It did not provide further details.

EgyptAir chief Safwat Musallam says the “next generation 700-800s” have “an excellent reputation for reliability, performance and cost efficiency.”

EgyptAir suffered a tragic loss in May when Flight 804, an Airbus A320 flying from Paris to Cairo, plunged into the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 66 people on board. The cause of the crash remains unknown.

Kerry phones Shoukry for outcomes of his visit to Israel

Nairobi-visiting Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has received a phone call from his U.S. counterpart John Kerry Wednesday; both sides tackled Shoukry’s visit to Israel where he talked with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the ways of revising the stalled peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

The conversation tackled the preparation of the ministerial meeting for the members of coalition of the anti-Islamic State group, which is scheduled to be held in Washington DC on July 21, said the Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zied Wednesday.

 

Egypt extends detention of Atfal al-Shawarei members for 15 days pending investigations

Egyptian General Prosecution extended Wednesday the detention of four members of the Atfal al-Shawarei (Street children), a group of young artists who film sarcastic videos in the streets, for further 15 days pending investigations. They face accusations of publishing videos “inciting violence against the state’s institutions,” Youm7 reported.

 

8 abducted Egyptian nationals returned back home from Libya after being released

Egyptian security directorate of Marsa Amtrouh governorate announced that Egyptian nationals, who were abducted by Libyan militants, have returned back home after the Egyptian military forces, in cooperation of Libyan troops, Wednesday.

 

Egypt’s Attorney General visits Moscow at end of July to talk aviation security

Egyptian Attorney General Nabil Sadek will visit Moscow at the end of July to discuss issue of aviation security, Egyptian House of Representatives Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal was reported by Russian news agency Sputnik Wednesday.

Egypt extends state of emergency in N. Sinai for 3 months

CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on Tuesday extended the current state of emergency in parts of North Sinai for an additional three months, Youm7 reported.

“The state of emergency will be implemented in North Sinai’s cities Arish, Sheikh Zuwayed and Rafah and the surrounding areas of Rafah’s hill and Al Ouga town east of North Sinai and from western Arish to the Al-Halal Mountain to the east,” a presidential statement read.

The decision, which was initially to be applied from April 29, will take effect after parliament approval, deputy parliamentary speaker Mahmoud al Sherif told Youm7 Thursday.

The state of emergency was first imposed under Sisi in October 2014 following an attack that killed over 30 soldiers. It has since been extended four times.

 

Egypt denounces Amnesty International “biased” report

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday has denounced Amnesty International’s recent report on human rights practices in the North African country, Youm7 reported.

“Egypt has repeatedly announced its rejection to the biased reports issued by the non-neutral organization that is driven by its political orientation, therefore it does not require any additional comment,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Amnesty International issued a report accusing Egyptian authorities of kidnapping, torturing and “forcibly disappearing people in an effort to intimidate opponents and wipe out peaceful dissent.”

Amnesty has ignored the fact that Egypt’s judicial system has already addressed the various cases mentioned in the report, on the bases of law and constitution, said Abu Zeid.

The report also claimed the Egyptian authorities are involved in the killing of Italian student Giulio Regeni.

“Amnesty International’s report found that the similarities between his injuries and those of Egyptians who died in custody suggests that his death is just the tip of the iceberg,” said the report.

 

 

Manpower Minister delivers Egypt’s speech at G20 labor and employment ministers meeting

Manpower Minister Mohamed Safaan will deliver Egypt’s speech on Wednesday before the G20 Labor and Employment Ministerial meeting, Youm7 reported.

Saafan’s speech will review the Egyptian government vision and policy to reduce employment rates and achieve economic stability.

The meetings, which kicked off on Tuesday and scheduled to conclude later today, focuses on the theme “Innovation: decent work, enhanced employability and adequate job opportunities,” according to the G20 website.

Egypt’s unemployment rate reached 12.7 percent in the first quarter of 2016 down from 12.8 percent during the same period a year earlier, official statistics agency CAPMAS announced in a report in May.

 

UN envoy to Libya, deputy defense minister discuss political developments

The United Nations special envoy to Libya Martin Kobler met with the Egyptian assistant defense minister for foreign affairs Mohamed Al Kishki and discussed the political process and the latest developments in Libya, Russian news agency Sputnik reported on Tuesday.

Kobler also met the new Arab League secretary-general Ahmet Abulgheit and briefed him on the Libyan political situation.

 

Trial of 67 defendants accused of killing Egypt’s top prosecutor adjourned to July 31

Cairo Criminal Court on Wednesday adjourned the trial of 67 defendants accused of involvement in the assassination of Egypt’s late Attorney General Hisham Barakat to July 31, Youm7 reported.

Wednesday’s session is the second in the trial that started in June 14. The defendants face numerous charges including “forming an illegal group, executing terrorist operations against judges, army, and police officers,” according to the prosecution.

Of the 67 defendants, 16 are being tried in absentia.

 

Egypt’s FM participates in AU ordinary session of executive council

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed to Rwanda Tuesday to participate in the African Union (AU) Member States’ 29th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council, scheduled to start Wednesday, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al Sisi is expected to take part in the 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the AU is scheduled to take place on July 17 and 18 in Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali.

This year’s summit is held under the theme: “2016: Year of Human Rights with a particular focus on the Rights of Women.”

 

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