UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest July 19: Russian plane crash probe ‘enters its final stage’: minister
Russian President Vladimir Putin (3rd L) with armed forces Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov (L), Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (2nd L), Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnikov (3rd R), Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (2nd R) and Director of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Mikhail Fradkov (R) stand in a moment of silence before a meeting on Russian plane crash in Egypt at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia - REUTERS
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Russian plane crash probe ‘enters its final stage’: minister

Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi has announced that the investigation into the crash of Russia’s A321 passenger plane over the Sinai Peninsula in late October 2015 enters its final stage, Russian news agency Sputnik reported, citing a Tuesday statement from the Russian Transport Ministry.

The statement came during Fathi’s meeting with Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov held in Moscow.

“Information provided by Fathi on the final stage of probe into the causes of the accident “became an important moment of the meeting,” the ministerial statement said.

On Sunday, Fathy flew to Moscow where he met with Russian senior officials to discuss resumption of the direct flights between the two countries, which were suspended shortly after a Russian A321 plane crashed in the Sinai late Oct killing all 224 people on board.

 

Egypt’s Mufti, Al Azhar Imam condemn Germany train attack

Egypt’s Mufti Shawky Allam has condemned the recent attack carried out by an Afghani refugee in a train in southern Germany, Youm7 reported.

“Such inhuman acts are tarnishing the image of Islam, which called for tolerance and coexistence, love and compassion, it also contradicts the Holy Quran and the Sunnah which affirmed the sanctity of terrifying people,” Allam was quoted as saying in a statement by Youm7 Tuesday.

A teenage Afghan refugee armed with an axe and knife injured four people on a train near Wurzburg, Bavaria on Tuesday before being shot dead by police, according to Youm7.

Grand Imam of Al Azhar Sheikh Ahmed al Tayeb also denounced the incident and asserted the institution’s “firm stance against all forms of violence and terrorism, which has no connection to Islam.”

 

Sisi receives spiritual leader of India’s Bohra Muslim community

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi received on Tuesday Sheikh Mufaddal Saifuddin, the spiritual leader of India’s Bohra Muslim community and his accompanying delegation, Youm7 reported.

During the meeting, Sisi thanked Sheikh Mufaddal for the Bohra’s contributions in the restoration of several mosques in Cairo, including the millennium old Al Hakim Mosques, presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef said in a statement Tuesday.

The two sides also exchanged views on a range of humanitarian and Islamic issues related to the promotion of a culture of religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence among various faiths and sects.

 

Arab League summit preparatory meetings kick off Wed.

The preparatory meetings for the 27th Arab Summit scheduled to be held in Nouakchott July 25, 26 will start Wednesday, Youm7 reported.

Egypt will chair this year’s summit dubbed the “Summit of Hope” 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.

In February, the Arab League announced that Mauritania will host the African Summit due to be held July 25-26 after Morocco announced its withdrawal to host the summit. In February Reuters reported that the Moroccan Foreign Ministry said in statement that the summit would be like an ordinary occasion “to pronounce speeches that give a false impression of unity.”

 

Egypt participates in 10th AMCOW General Assembly in Tanzania

Water Minister Mohamed Abdel Aty flew to Tanzania to participate in the general assembly of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), scheduled for July 21 and 22 in Dar es Salaam, Youm7 reported Tuesday.

Abdel Aty heads a delegation of high-profile officials from the Water Ministry during the meetings held on the sidelines of the 6th Africa Water Week (AWW.)

The annual gathering aims at seeking solutions to Africa’s water and sanitation challenges, including anticipated water shortages in some parts of the continent by 2025.

 

Sisi attends graduation ceremony for police cadets
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi attended Tuesday graduation ceremony for Police Academy cadets who performed combat trainings to show their skills in dealing with terrorist acts, Youm7 reported.

A total of 1, 534 police cadets will graduate from the Police Academy and will be honored during Tuesday ceremony, which was attended also by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail,Minister of Defense Sedki Sobhi, Sheikh al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb, Pope of Alexandria Tawadros II, Presidential advisor for national projects Ibrahim Mahlab, and other public figures.

 

Shawkan named winner of International Press Freedom Award

Egypt’s Mahmoud Abou Zeid (widely known as Shawkan) and three other international journalists who faced imprisonment, arrest and threats for their reporting, have been named winners of the International Press Freedom Awards, AP reported Monday.

Shawkan, a freelance photojournalist, has exceeded 1,000 days in prison since he was arrested in August 2013, while he was covering the police dispersal of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood Rabaa al-Adawiya sit-in.

 

Sisi talks Ethiopian dam with Desalegn in Kigali

On the sideline of the African Union Summit in Kigali, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met Monday with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. BothsidesdiscussedEthiopian controversial Renaissance Dam, and they affirmed the need to build on the mutual trust since the “Declaration of Principles” was reached inKhartoum,said Egyptian Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef announced in a statement.

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.

 

Parliament discusses decision of extending state of emergency in N. Sinai for 3 months

Egypt’s House of Representatives discusses Tuesday decision of extending the state of emergency in some parts of North Sinai for further three months, Youm7 reported.

On July 12, President Sisi extended the current state of emergency in parts of North Sinai for an additional three months. “The state of emergency will be implemented in

NorthSinai’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.

 

26 fans of Zamalek SP detained over ‘inciting violence’
East Cairo Prosecution has ordered to detain a total of 26 fans of Zalamek Sporting Club Monday pending investigations over accusations of inciting riots outside Petro

SportStadium where a football match between the club team and South Africa’s Sundowns, as a part of the second round of the African Champions League, according to Youm7.

Three days ago, Alexandria security forces arrested 15 fans of Al-Ahly SC over accusations of inciting riots and chaos, after football game between Al-Ahly club and its Moroccan counterpart Wydad at Borg al-Arab Stadium as part of the third round of the African Champions League, Youm7 reported.

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