UPDATE: Egypt’s political digest July 16:Foreign ministry closely follows up status of Egyptian citizens in Turkey: statement
A man wrapped in a Turkish flag walks past a military vehicle in front of Sabiha Airport, in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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Foreign ministry closely follows up status of Egyptian citizens in Turkey: statement

The Foreign Ministry announced in a statement it is closely following up the situation in Turkey to ensure the safety of the Egyptian citizens there following the Friday unfolded coup attempt, Youm7 reported.

The ministry is in a constant contact with officials at the Egyptian embassy in Ankara and the consulate general in Istanbul to follow up the latest development and the status of the Egyptian citizens following Friday incidents, Hesham Al-Naqib, the assistant foreign minister for consular and expatriate affairs was quoted by Youm7.

“We call on Egyptian nationals in Turkey to abide by the curfew regulations and always hold their passports while in the streets,” Naqib said.

He added that no casualties have been reported so far among the Egyptian community in Turkey.


No Egyptians among Nice attack victims: foreign ministry

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry announced in a statement there were no Egyptian victims among those killed in the Thursday terror attack in the French city of Nice, which has killed at least 84 people, Youm7 reported.

“Initial indicators confirm there were no Egyptians among the victims. Egypt’s consulate general in Marseille in coordination with the French authorities is closely following the situation and spares no efforts to reassure the Egyptian community in France,” Hesham Al-Naqib, the assistant foreign minister for consular and expatriate affairs was quoted by Youm7.

Naqib urged members of the Egyptian community in France “to display caution and show attention and care for their own security,”


EgyptAir cancels Saturday’s 2 Istanbul bound flights over ‘unrest’ at Ataturk airport

EgyptAir has cancelled its two flights to Istanbul scheduled for Saturday in the wake of the Friday unfolded coup attempt; Youm7 quoted a statement from Egypt’s national carrier.

MS737 and MS735 flights, scheduled to take off at 9:50 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. Cairo local time, have been cancelled due to “the latest events witnessed in Turkey on Friday night and the unrest that followed in Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport,” said the statement.

An attempt by a faction of the Turkish armed forces to seize power using tanks and attack helicopters has reportedly failed after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan’s call to take to the streets on Friday night.


Egypt parliament approves 5 agreements with Saudi Arabia

The legislative and constitutional affairs committee at Egypt’s House of Representatives on Saturday has endorsed five agreement signed with Saudi Arabia in different fields, Youm7 reported.

The committee approved an agreement worth $120 million to renovate Cairo’s Qasr al Aini hospital and another to avoid double taxation and prevent tax evasion.

The committee also endorsed an agreement to launch West Cairo Power Station project.

A total of 21 agreements and Memorandum of Understandings were initially signed between President Abdel Fatah al Sisi and Saudi King Salman during the latter’s visit to Egypt in April.


Parliament general session to tackle high school exam leaks

Member of Parliament Hussein Abu el-Wafa told Youm7 that the general session scheduled to be held Sunday will tackle different issues, including high school exam leaks, where the Minister of Education will be questioned.

He also said that the session will include briefings on sanitation crisis and the hike in prices of essential commodities.


Anger over police assault of MP; calls for rapid investigations

Member of Parliament Margret Azer said she will file a police report before top prosecutor against police assault of MP Zeinab Salem at Nasr City police station, calling for rapid investigation into the incident.

Azer said that she supports all actions that will be taken by the Parliament Speaker against the Interior Minister over the assault incident.


Yusuf al-Qaradawi shows support to Erdogan against “failed” coup

Qatar-based Egyptian Islamist scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi wrote on his Twitter account in support with Recep Tayyib Erdoğan against an attempted military coup.

The preacher, who was handed down prison terms and a death sentence in absentia, said “God will help Turkey and its people who chose freedom;” using the hashtag “Turkey’s coup fails.”

Egypt has addressed the Qatari authorities to extradite the fugitive scholar.

At least 42 people were killed Friday in Ankara in violence erupted in the wake of the coup, according to Washington Post. Thousands of people have descended to the streets to show support for the elected government of Erdoğan.


Regeni, Sisi’s peace initiative on top of Sunday’s agenda at Parliament

Dalia Yousef, the undersecretary of foreign relations sub-committee at the parliament, said that the committee will tackle Sunday developments of the murder of the Italian student Julio Regeni, President Sisi’s peace initiative, and the repercussions of Israel’s recent visits to the African continent on the Egyptian national security.


Parliament to discuss draft law of Civil Servant Sunday

Member of Parliament El-Sayed el-Sherif said that among issues to be discussed during the parliament’s general session Sunday will be the government’s report on the amendments carried out on the draft law of Civil Servant, Youm7 reported.

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