Egypt’s political digest July 29: Israel’s Netanyahu celebrates warming ties withEgypt’s Sisi; German authorities investigate into killing of Egyptian national in Essen
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a press conference Sunday in Jerusalem.
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 Israel’s Netanyahu celebrates warming ties with Egypt’s Sisi

(Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday praised warming relations with Egypt and its president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who ousted an Islamist government seen as hostile to ties between the neighbors.

Egypt was the first of a handful of Arab countries to recognize Israel, in 1979, but the downfall of Hosni Mubarak in 2011 brought to power the government of Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, straining relations with Israel.

Cooperation has improved since Sisi took power in 2013, with Egypt battling Islamist insurgents in Sinai near its border with Israel and both countries wary of Gaza’s Islamist rulers, Hamas.

At an event at the Egyptian ambassador’s residence for Egypt’s national day, Netanyahu called the countries’ peace treaty an “anchor of stability and security in our region”.

“I want to thank President al-Sisi for his leadership and for his efforts to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians and in the broader Middle East.” Netanyahu said in a speech.

“We welcome the effort to incorporate other Arab states in this larger effort of a broader peace between all the people of the Middle East.”

Egypt’s foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, paid a rare visit to Israel this month to meet Netanyahu, offering Cairo’s help to revive peace talks with the Palestinians. It was the first visit to the Jewish state by an Egyptian foreign minister in nine years.

In May, Sisi urged both sides to seize the opportunity to make peace, offering Israel the prospect of warmer ties if this were achieved.

 

German authorities investigate into killing of Egyptian national in Essen

Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is following the incident of killing an Egyptian national by German police on Frankfurt city, according to a statement from the ministry Thursday evening.

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. However, the German authorities sent Egypt a clarification letter saying that than died at Essen hospital where he was receiving a medical treatment after failing to commit suicide on July 16, the statement added.

The German authorities have launched an investigation to know if his death circumstances.

 

Russia may resume suspended flights to Egypt by end of 2016: Minister

Russian Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov has stated that Russian suspended flights to Egypt could be resumed by the end of 2016, noting that the resumption depend on security measures that Egypt will take in airports, Youm7 reported.

He explained that he will meet for the second time with Egyptian Minister of Aviation Sherif Fathy Friday to discuss the resumption issue.

Fathy has flied to Moscow Tuesday with an accompanying delegation to discuss the Egyptian investigations into the Russian passenger plane that crashed in Central Sinai in late October 2015, Youm7 reported official from the Cairo International Airport.

The delegation includes also Attorney-General Nabil Sadek, and chairperson of Egyptian investigative committee Ayman al-Moqadem.

On Oct., 31, the Airbus A321, operated by the Russian airline Kogalymavia, crashed a few minutes after it took off from Sharm el-Sheikh airport killing all 224 people on board. Following the incident, Russia imposed a travel ban on Egypt and banned EgyptAir flights go Enter is airspace; other European countries including Britain imposed travel ban on flights going to Sharm el-Sheikh.

 

U.K. delegation of House of Commons visits Sharm el Sheikh

A delegation of U.K. House of Commons will visit Red Sea’s resort of Sharm El Sheikh Friday, to support the tourist activity, Youm7 reported Thursday evening.

Delegation chairperson Sir Gerald Howarth has confirmed that the visit is very important as it enhancing the bilateral relations between the two countries.

 

Egypt denies Turkish Fethullah Gulen’s political asylum request to Cairo

Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament Chairperson Mohamed al-Orabi denied media reports claiming that Turkish opposition leader and Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen has asked for political asylum in Egypt, Youm7 reported Friday. He added that Egypt did not interfere into the Turkish domestic affairs.

Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said in a press conference Wednesday “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.

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