UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Aug. 4: Egypt receives missile boat from Russia
Rumade Molniya (R-32)-missile corvette arrived in Alexandria. military spokesperson facebook page.


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Egypt receives missile boat from Russia

Egypt has received a missile ship which was gifted to the Egyptian armed forces last year, military spokesperson Mohamed Samir announced in a statement Thursday.

The Rumade Molniya (R-32)-missile corvette arrived at the Alexandria naval base raising the Egyptian flag in presence of Russian military delegation, said Samir.

The boat participated in the inauguration of a new Suez Canal expansion project in August 2015.

The ship includes multiple armament systems, including surface to surface missile, considered to be one of the fastest among world navies, Samir said.


Egypt won’t accept IMF “preconditions” place pressure on Cairo: finmin

The Egyptian side “would not accept any preconditions” that could exercise pressure on Egypt in loan talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation, Youm7 quoted Finance Minister Amr el Garhy on Thursday.

The statement comes amid media reports suggesting that the delegation had laid down requirements to provide the $12 billion loan package to Cairo, including laying off a million public servants.

Speaking at a press conference, Garhy said “We want to achieve the figures we set for the budget. This is what we are discussing with the IMF.”


Egypt, EU envoy to ME peace process discuss Palestinian cause developments

Assistant foreign minister for neighboring countries’ affairs ambassador Osama Al-Majdoub met in Cairo with EU Special Representative for the Middle East peace process Fernando Gentilini on Wednesday for talks on latest developments in the Palestinian cause, Youm7 reported.

During the meeting, Magdoub stressed the importance of supporting all regional and international pro-peace efforts, highlighting the necessity to stop the Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank.

Gentilini hailed President Abdel Fatah al Sisi’s initiative to revive peace process.


Egypt downsizes water mission in S. Sudan due to political, security instability

Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation has decided to downsize the number of Egyptian mission in South Sudan due to the political and security instability, Youm7 reported Ahmed Bahaa al-Din, head of the Nile Water Section at the Ministry Thursday.

The ministry has contacted with the Egyptian embassy in Juba to facilitate the return of all mission members in case that the situation worsen. Egypt has snet a mission of water experts and engineering to participate in building a dam on Jur River in Wau city in northwestern South Sudan.

South Sudan suffers violence broke out between the supporters of President Salva Kiir and supporters of his rival Riek Machar. Reuters reported the United Nations that hundreds of thousands fled the two-year ethnic-related violence.


Sisi, May talk lifting travel ban on flights to Sham el Sheikh

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi phone called Wednesday evening U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, congratulated her on assuming her new post, said Egyptian Presidential Spokesperson Alaa Youssef in a statement.

Sisi and May discussed a number of issues on bilateral relations, including the current travel ban on flights to Sharm El Sheikh as well as measures Egypt is taking in cooperation with the British authorities to lift it, the statement added.

“Both sides agreed to continue working closely to resume flights to Sharm El Sheikh. They also discussed regional developments and ways to reach political solutions to ongoing crises in a number of countries in the region so as to preserve their sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the statement read.


Egypt may go to international court over death of expat in Germany’s prison

Egyptian Ministry of Emigration Nabila Makram stated that her country may go to the international jurisdiction over the case of the Egyptian national Mohamed Al Naggar, who died in German prison late June.

She added in a talk show “On Egypt’s Air” on al-Nahar T.V. that there is a criminal motive behind his death, adding that there are indications that he could be burned to death.

Al Naggar, 22, was reportedly arrested by German authorities in February over an alleged theft attempt at a store. Egyptian foreign ministry announced in a statement Wednesday that Al Naggarhas signed a farewell letter upon his arrest to not inform the Egyptian consulate of his case. In his farewell letter written before his alleged attempted suicide in mid June, “he also requested not to send his dead body back to Egypt,” according to the statement.


Parliament discusses ways to support Zewail City

Education Committee of the parliament will discuss Sunday ways of enhancing Zewail City of Science and Technology, after the death of Noble Laureate Ahmed Zewail, who passed away Tuesday evening in U.S. Los Angles at the age of 70.

Zewail City is a non-profit scientific institute and was proposed in 1999, but a Cabinet decree on May 11, 2011 labeled the project a “National Project of Scientific Renaissance” and called it Zewail City of Science and Technology. In addition, a presidential decree allows students to enroll in the city’s university.



U.S. embassy in Cairo mourns passing Ahmed Zewail

(Press Release) The U.S. Embassy in Cairo joins Egyptians, Americans, and friends around the world in mourning the passing of Ahmed Zewail, a leading contributor to the world of science.  In addition to winning the Nobel Prize for his path breaking contributions to the field of Chemistry in 1999, we fondly remember Dr. Zewail as a member of President Obama’s Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and one of the first United States Science Envoys.

Dr. Zewail devoted his life and career to the advancement of science and technology.  A longtime resident and citizen of the United States, he made significant contributions to Egyptian science and education as the founder and chairman of the Zewail City of Science and Technology, with its cornerstone institution, Zewail University of Science and Technology in Cairo.

Dr. Zewail was born in Damanhur and grew up and studied in Alexandria.  After graduating from Alexandria University, he moved to the United States and earned his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.  He lectured and taught at major U.S. universities, including California Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley.

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