Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news July 21: Egypt slams Erdogan’s remarks against Sisi
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the "coup" against Egypt's Mohamed Morsi -- and in a show of solidarity he often uses a four-finger hand gesture known as "Rabia" -- seen as a symbol of the Muslim Brotherhood (AFP Photo/Ozan Kose)
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Sisi asserts on importance to maintain Egypt’s ‘national unity’

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi asserted on the importance of maintaining “Egypt’s national unity, which has been the hallmark of the country for over two millennia.”

In his Thursday speech during the graduation of a new batch of military officers, Sisi warned against sectarian violence rejecting differentiation between Copts and Muslims.

The statement comes days after three people were killed in a sectarian violence incident that took place in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Minya.

“Copts and Muslims are equal in rights and duties. We all have to pay attention to all attempts made to create a wedge between the nation’s two factions,” said Sisi.

 

Egypt slams Erdogan’s remarks against Sisi

Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid strongly slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s criticizing remarks against President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Turkish President lacks judgement due to the difficult situation he suffers (in indication of Turkish thwarted military coup), Abu Zeid said in a statement Wednesday.

in an interview wil Al Jazeera channel, Erdogan has slammed Sisi and Syria’s al-Assad, saying President Sisi lack democracy and he killed thousands of his nation.

 

Egypt’s FM participates in Washington-held ministerial meeting on Palestine-Israel issue

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will participate Wednesday in a Washington-held ministerial meeting unpon a call from High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica

Mogherini , to discuss the developments of the Palestinian issue and efforts to support the peace process between Palestinians and Israelis, state-owned news agency MENA reported.

Shoukry flew to Washington DC on Wednesday to participate in the ministerial meeting of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) militant group, Youm7 reported citing a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry.

Foreign ministers of the coalition 34 member states alongside defense ministers of countries participating in military operations carried out in Iraq and Syria will participate in the meetings to discuss counter terrorismprogress, and ways to accelerate the termination of the militant group, foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in an official statement.

 

House of commons delegation to visit Egypt next week

A delegation of members of the British House of Commons is expected to visit the Egyptian parliament next week to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two legislative bodies, Mohamed al Orabi, head of the foreign affairs committee at Egypt’s House of Representatives was quoted by Youm7 Thursday.

The delegation is set to visit the Red Sea resort city of Sharm al Sheikh to inspect security situation in a step to resume flights to Egypt after almost one year of suspension following the Russian plane thae crashed over Sinai late October 2015, Orabi said.

In January and following the Egyptian parliament inauguration, a delegation from the UK House of commons visited Egypt and recommended resumption of flights between the two countries, according to state news agency MENA.

 

Parliament’s fact find committee submits report on wheat fraud allegations

The fact-finding committee, tasked with looking into allegations of corruption in local wheat procurement, has submitted a detailed report on the issue to the House of Representatives, Youm7 reported on Thursday.

The report comes after members of the committee, which was set by the parliament earlier this month, have paid surprise visits to silos across the country during the past two weeks to monitor the quantities and quality of the wheat delivered.

Member of the committee Medhat al Sherif has told Al Ahram “there is evidence that there was false reporting of the delivered quantities.” The committee’s last statement on the issue claimed 200 million EGP was estimated as missing.

 

Local

 

Egyptian Court rejects appeal against banning FGM

Egypt’s Administrative Court on Thursday has rejected an appeal against health ministry’s decision to ban female genital mutilation, Youm7 reported.

The court said the rejection is based on that the “plaintiff is irrelevant” to the lawsuit, which was filed by two lawyers demanding the abolition of the decision as it “contradicts the Egyptian constitution and represents a blatant assault on personal freedom principals.”

In 2015, an Egyptian doctor, who performed a fatal FGM surgery for a 13 year-old girl, was sentenced to two years imprisonment.

Nine in ten Egyptian women between the ages of 15 to 49 were subjects of FGM, according to a 2015 survey.

 

Egypt’s supreme police council approves annual reshuffle

The Supreme Council of Police has approved the Interior Ministry annual reshuffle, security source told Youm7 Thursday.

Initial information revealed the reshuffle will include the appointment of new security chiefs for 10 governorates and the promotion of 400 brigadier-generals to the rank of major general, Interior Ministry source told Youm7 earlier this month.

The routine reshuffle, aims to replace those who have reached retirement age with younger officials, will come into effect on 1 August, the source added.

 

Hot, humid weather to continue on Friday, Cairo sees 35°C

Meteorologists are predicting a continuation of the week’s hot weather on Friday, with top temperatures reaching 35 degrees centigrade in Cairo, Youm7 reported.

Cooler but humid weather is expected along the northern coast, with highs of 31 degrees centigrade for Alexandria. However, the weather will feel hotter in Upper Egypt governorates, with highs of 41 degrees centigrade in Luxor and 42 in Aswan.

The Mediterranean Sea is expected to see a northeasterly surface wind, with waves of between 1.5 to 2 meters.

 

3 killed, 13 injured after falling into manhole in Kafr el-Sheikh

Three people were killed and 13 others were injured after falling to a manhole that swallowed a child in al-Fayrouz village of Nile Delta’s Kafr el-Sheikh Wednesday evening, Youm7 reported.

 

3 militants arrested in North Sinai

North Sinai security forces killed three militants and injured five others, who tried to target a police personnel, in Sheikh Zewuid, Youm7 reported Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile, another militant attack has been thwarted; militants who were riding a motorbike opened fire at a police officer’s car in Arish.



Ministry of Solidarity facilitates Hajj measures for 10,000 Egyptians

Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity is currently working on documenting contracts between non-governmental organizations and the ministry for sending 10,000 Egyptians to Saudi Arabia for performing pilgrimage (Hajj),

Ministry’s National Foundation for facilitating Hajj director Ayman Abdel-Mawgoud told Youm7 Wednesday.

He noted that the first group of pilgrims will fly to Mecca on August 23 on board of EgyptAir flights.

 

Business

 

EGX30 declines by 0.89% on Thur. closing, turnover reaches 423.899m EGP

The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) dropped on closing Thursday, the benchmark index EGX30 slid 0.89 percent to close at 7437 points, Youm7 reported.

The small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) index EGX-70 dipped 0.01 percent to close at 358.05 points, while the broader EGX100 index also dropped by 0.10 percent to reach 763.25 points.

Market capitalization incurred losses worth around 2 billion EGP to record 399.445 billion EGP during the closing session of Thursday.

Turnovers closed at 423.899 million EGP, exchanged through 15,874 transactions.

 

Egyptian Pounds weakens to 12 against dollar on black market amid devaluation possibility

The Egyptian pound dropped on the black market on Thursday reaching 12 EGP against the U.S dollar despite the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE’s) efforts to close the gap between demand and supply, traders told Al Ahram.

The drop, which represents a 35 percent of the CBE’s official rate, came a day after CBE governor Tarek Amer announced a potential devaluation of the pound.

In April, the cabinet had passed draft amendments to a law regulating the foreign exchange market and approved prison sentences for traders selling foreign currency outside the official exchange rate in a bid to curb the black market.

 

Telecom Egypt in loan talks to fund 4G licence

Telecom Egypt, the country’s state-owned landline monopoly is in talks with banks regarding a 5 billion Egyptian pound ($563.07 million) loan to acquire a 4G licence, banking sources told Reuters on Thursday.

The sources said Etisalat Egypt is also in talks with banks for a 5 billion pound loan to acquire the licence.

The sale of 4G licences is part of Egypt’s long-awaited plan to reform the telecoms sector. Saudi Telecom, Kuwait’s Zain, China Telecom and a European firm have expressed interest in the licence. ($1 = 8.8799 Egyptian pounds).

 

Blumberg says its high-tech silos not used to store Egyptian wheat

(Reuters) – Blumberg Grain said on Wednesday its high-tech silos, the first phase of a wheat storage development project in Egypt, were not used to store any grain in this local harvest season despite being delivered on time.

The announcement comes as Egypt, the world’s largest wheat importer, is investigating alleged fraud in its local purchases of the grain. The general prosecutor said last week that some local wheat was bought by

the government in paper transactions only and not physically delivered.

“Unfortunately, operating the systems during the wheat harvest season was held up by lack of permanent electrical power,” Blumberg said in a statement.

The storage systems of the grain logistics company were expected to process and monitor about a quarter of the domestic crop for the first time in the 2016 season.

 

Social

 

Egyptian Academy of Arts in Rome hosts RomAfrica Film Festival

The Egyptian Academy of Arts in Rome hosted the RomAfrica Film Festival, which took place at the academy headquarters in Rome-based Casa del Cinema from July 13 to 16, Youm7 reported.

 

11-years-old restoration works in Aisha Fahmy Palace completed: official

Fine Arts Sector of the Culture Ministry has taken the administration of Arts Complex at Aisha Fahmy Palace after 11 years of restoration and development, Youm7 reported an official in the sector.
The palace was constructed in 1907 and was designed by Italian architect Antonio Lasciac. It loactes on 270 meter square and include 30 rooms, 2 halls, and basement abd roof, according to the official website of the state-owned Co, of the Arab Contractors.

 

Afro-Chinese Arts, Folklore festival kick off Thursday in Cairo

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism, in cooperation with the Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs, organizes the first round of the Afro-Chinese Arts and Folklore festival that kicked off Thursday in Cairo, state-owned newspaper al-Aharm reported.
The inauguration ceremony of the six-day festival will be held at the Manial Palace, while cultural shows will be daily performed in the Cairo Opera House. Parades also will be performed in Cairo streets.

 

Giza Plateau will be inaugurated in 3 months: Minister

Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anani announced that the Giza Plateau will be inauguarted in three months after being developed, Ahram reported Thursday.

He noted that the government is currently working on developing a number of archeological sites to serve the tourism sector.

 

Sports

 

Egyptian Academy of Arts in Rome hosts RomAfrica Film Festival

The Egyptian Academy of Arts in Rome hosted the RomAfrica Film Festival, which took place at the academy headquarters in Rome-based Casa del Cinema from July 13 to 16, Youm7 reported.
11-years-old restoration works in Aisha Fahmy Palace completed: official

Fine Arts Sector of the Culture Ministry has taken the administration of Arts Complex at Aisha Fahmy Palace after 11 years of restoration and development, Youm7 reported an official in the sector.
The palace was constructed in 1907 and was designed by Italian architect Antonio Lasciac. It loactes on 270 meter square and include 30 rooms, 2 halls, and basement abd roof, according to the official website of the state-owned Co, of the Arab Contractors.

 

Afro-Chinese Arts, Folklore festival kick off Thursday in Cairo

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism, in cooperation with the Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs, organizes the first round of the Afro-Chinese Arts and Folklore festival that kicked off Thursday in Cairo, state-owned newspaper al-Aharm reported.
The inauguration ceremony of the six-day festival will be held at the Manial Palace, while cultural shows will be daily performed in the Cairo Opera House. Parades also will be performed in Cairo streets.
Giza Plateau will be inaugurated in 3 months: Minister

Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anani announced that the Giza Plateau will be inauguarted in three months after being developed, Ahram reported Thursday.

He noted that the government is currently working on developing a number of archeological sites to serve the tourism sector.

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