UPDATE: Egypt’s political digest July 28: Sisi receives Pope Tawadros II
Sisi meets with Pope Tawadros II.


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Sisi receives Pope Tawadros II

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi received Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Diocese at the Ittehadya presidential palace on Thursday, Youm7 reported.

A number of members of the Holy Synod and church leaderships also attended the meeting, which tackled recent sectarian violence accidents that took place in Egypt over the past two weeks.

Last week, a Muslim mob in southern Egypt stabbed a Coptic Christian to death over a personal feud, officials told state news agency MENA.

In May, Christian houses were set ablaze and a woman was paraded naked through the streets following rumors of an affair between the son of the elderly woman and a Muslim woman.


Libyan factions meet in Cairo to discuss peaceful resolution

Cairo hosts several meetings between the Libyan factions to end the crisis and to come to a resolution that assures the stability in Libya, The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Libya’s UN-backed prime minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj arrived in Cairo Wednesday morning and has met with Aqila Saleh, the head of the Libyan parliament, according to the statement. Saleh is also is scheduled to meet with the head of the Cairo-based Arab League later Thursday.

The meetings aimed at finding appropriate solutions to maintain the interests of the Libyan people and safeguard state institutions in Libya, it added.

Leaders of the both Libyan sides will meet the Egyptian Defense Minister, Sedqy Sobhi, and the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, under the supervision of the Egyptian Prime Minister, who is expected to attend the meeting, a source in the Egyptian Foreign Ministry told Youm7.


Sisi, Malawi agriculture minister discuss joint projects

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi met visiting Malawi’s Agriculture Minister George Chaponda to discuss ways to prompt bilateral cooperation in various fields, presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef said in a statement on Thursday.

Chaponda, who is the envoy of Malawi President Peter Mutharika, has voiced his country’s desire to benefit from Egyptian expertise in the fields of agriculture and to boost joint cooperation, said Youssef.


Egypt receives debris of doomed EgyptAir flight from Israel

Debris from EgyptAir doomed flight MS 804, which has washed up on Israel’s coast earlier this week, arrived at Cairo International Airport on Thursday, airport source told Youm7.

The debris was received by representative from the Egyptian state security prosecution and EgyptAir chief engineer, said the source.

Earlier this month, the Egyptian authorities received debris from the flight which crashed on the eastern Mediterranean in May en route from Paris to Cairo, killing all 66 people on board.

The debris appeared on the shore of Israel’s coastal town of Haifa. Egyptian investigators have yet to determine the cause of the incident.


No confirmed information about Fethullah Gulen’s political asylum request to Egypt: PM

No confirmed information says that opposition leader and Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen has asked for political asylum in Egypt, stated Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail Wednesday in a press conference.

“There is no confirmed information about this offer and if he (Gulen) sent a request, we will consider it first,” Youm7 quoted Ismail as saying.


Cairo court to say ruling against Geneina over ‘broadcasting false news’

Cairo Misdemeanor Court will say Thursday its ruling against the former Chairperson of the Central Auditing Organization (CAO) Hesham Geneina over “broadcasting false news,” Youm7 reported.

Genena told some media outlets in December 2015 that corruption in 2015 amounted to 600 billion EGP ($75 billion.) President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has ordered to form a fact-finding committee to investigate Genena’s remarks.

The Committee issued Jan. 12 its report on Genena’s remarks, debunking his claims on corruption. Youm7 newspaper published  a summary of the committee’s report, noting that Genena’s account of corruption includes incidents years before 2015.


NGO calls on Italian authorities to probe into killing Egyptian national by Italian police

El Haq International Organization for Human Rights (HIOHR) called on the Italian authorities to investigate into alleged killing of an Egyptian national by Italian police, Youm7 reported HIOHR chairperson deputy Amr Abdel-Salam Thursday.

It was reported that Egyptian Mohamed Abdel-Fatah Suleiman has been arrested and beaten to death by Italian authorities, according to information stated by his father and friends.

Abdel-Salam called on the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to interfere and contact with the Italian counterparts to deport back the Suleiman’s dead body back home.

The HIOHR is an Egyptian non-governmental organization that was established in 2013 to support victims of torture and arbitrary arrest and threatened with imprisonment and extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances in Egypt and the Arab world.


Egypt’s FM meets with UN envoy for Middle East,  Montenegro ‘s candidate for UN Secretary-General post

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will meet with Cairo-visiting United Nations Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov Thursday.

Shoukry will also meet with the Foreign Minister of Montenegro  Igor Lukšić, who runs for the post of UN Secretary-General.


Parliament discusses police personnel violations against civilians

Human Rights Committee of the parliament will hold a series of meetings on Sunday to discuss the violations against the civilians by police personnel, Youm7 reported the committee deputy Atef Mikhail Wednesday evening.

The meetings came after media outlets reported that a bird seller was fatally shot by a policeman. The dead body of the bird seller was found near the Nile.

The Interior Ministry is facing growing outrage due to increasing incidents of abuses reported against civilians, which the ministry routinely calls “isolated incidents,” denying any indications of systematic malpractice by police personnel.

However, a recent case of a truck driver shot dead by a policeman has largely stirred public anger, and prompted President Abdel Fatah to call for new legislation, which is currently waiting for Cabinet’s approval, to hold police accountable for abuses.

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