UPDATE: Egypt’s Politics news digest July 23: Egypt becomes deputy president of AMCOW; Egyptian members of ISIS killed in Misrata
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry - YOUM7

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Egypt becomes deputy president of AMCOW

Egypt has won the position of deputy president of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) for North Africa, as well as the membership of the executive bureau of the council, Youm7 reported.


FM: terrorism largely swept the world

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry stated that terrorism has largely spread in the world, stressing on the need to deal effectively with multiple, simultaneous and interlocking crises facing the Arab world and the world.

His statements came during his participation in the Arab foreign minisers conference in preparation for the Arab summit scheduled next Monday in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

He added that Egypt has maintained the Palestinian issue on the top of regional and international talks, and interacted with all initiatives in this regard.


Egyptian members of ISIS killed in Misrata: source

The head of the media office of Misrata Hospital Abdel Aziz Eissa told Youm7 that a number of Egyptian members of the Islamic State (IS) group were killed in Libya’s city of Sirte amid “Al-Bonyan Al-Marsous” operation that has been launched two months ago to liberate Sirte and surrounding areas from the IS group.


Al-Azhar denounces Munich attack

Egypt’s Al-Azhar Institute has largely denounced Friday’s attack in Munich, when a German-Iranian teenager shot dead nine people near a busy shopping mall.

In a statement, Al-Azhar said it appreciates the German government’s wisdom and objectivity by not blaming Islam for the incident.


Egypt condemns Munich mall shooting

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry condemned “in the strongest terms” the shooting that took place in a busy shopping mall in Munich, Germany killing at least eight people Friday evening.

“We express our condolences to the German people and the families of the victims,” foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement late on Friday.

The ministry reiterated Egypt’s position that asserts that “brutal terrorism does not differentiate between religion or race, and knows no boundaries,” said Abu Zeid.

German police are engaged in a huge anti-terror manhunt in the city of Munich after nine people died in the shooting.


EgyptAir Flight 804 broke up in midair after a fire: NY Times

Evidence gathered in an investigation into the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 in the Mediterranean Sea in May shows the plane likely broke up in midair after a fire near or inside the cockpit that quickly overwhelmed the crew, according to Egyptian officials involved in the inquiry, the New York Times reported on Friday.


But the officials could not determine whether the fire thought to have caused the crash had been set off by a mechanical malfunction or by a malicious act, the report said.

The findings are based on information from the Airbus A320’s flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder along with an analysis of the condition and distribution of recovered debris, including human remains, according to forensic and aviation officials in Cairo, the report said.


3 Egyptian fishermen killed in gas tank explosion west of Libya

Three Egyptian fishermen were reportedly killed and five others injured after a gas tank exploded onboard of their fishing loader in Libya’s western port of Zawara on Friday, Youm7 quoted Ahmed Nassar, the Egyptian fishermen syndicate head.

The boat was set ablaze following the explosion, which took place during maintenance work, said Nassar, adding that all fishermen are from Egypt’s Delta governorate of Kafr al Sheikh.

The syndicate has informed the foreign ministry to secure the return of the victims, according to Nassar.

Egypt’s foreign ministry has repeatedly warned Egyptians against travelling to the North African country, which has plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi.


Egypt’s foreign ministry develops training courses for 100 Nigerian officials

The foreign ministry has funded a training program for 100 Nigerian officials in the fields of engineering, security, medicine and agriculture to strengthen bilateral relations with the African country, Al Ahram quoted Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria Ashraf Salama on Saturday.

The statement came during the 64th anniversary celebration of the 1952 revolution that toppled the monarchy in Egypt.

The training courses were funded by the foreign ministry’s Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD,) he added.

During the past few years, EAPD has dispatched several medical convoys to several African countries including Eritrea and South Sudan to assist in conducting multiple surgical operations for those who are in need.


Conscript injured in Arish roadside bomb attack

A military conscript was injured on Saturday after a roadside bomb exploded in North Sinai as his armored vehicle was passing by, security source told Youm7.

Eyewitnesses said a bomb was planted at al Bahr Street west of North Sinai’s town of Arish, said the source, adding that the explosion resulted in thick smoke.

Security sources were unable to identify the terrorists responsible for the attack. The conscript was transported to hospital for emergency treatment.

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