UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Aug. 9:PM, candidate for UNESCO director post review support campaign
Former Egyptian Minister of Family and Population Affairs ambassador Moushira Khattab


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PM, candidate for UNESCO director post review support campaign

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail met on Tuesday with Egypt’s candidate for UNESCO director general post Ambassador Moushira Khattab, according to a cabinet statement.

The two sides discussed plan developed by a government committee to support Khattab’s candidacy to the post, Cabinet spokesperson Hossam al Qaweesh said.

In July 20, Egypt has officially announced the nomination of Khattab for the post. The UNESCO Executive Board will elect a new Director General in 2017.


Canadian civil aviation committee inspects security measures at Cairo airport

A Canadian Civil Aviation committee has commenced inspecting security measures at Cairo International Airport on Tuesday, Youm7 reported.

The committee, which arrived Monday in a five-day visit, has inspected security measures  taken to secure passengers, cargo and passenger planes departing Cairo airport at Cairo airport, especially those heading for Toronto.

The Egyptian authorities have recently permitted several aviation experts committees from various countries to check security measures at the Egypt’s airports following the Russian plane crashed over the eastern Mediterranean last October that killed all 224 passengers on board.


Egypt’s premier, Cypriot FM discuss bilateral cooperation

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail met on Tuesday with visiting Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in the various fields, a cabinet statement said.

Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry was present during the meeting. The two foreign ministers will hold a joint press conference on Tuesday to brief the media about ongoing preparations for the Egypt-Greece-Cyprus trilateral Summit, scheduled to be held in Egypt in October.


Egypt strongly condemns Monday terrorist attack in Pakistan

Ahmed Abu Zeid, spokesperson for Ministry of Foreign Affairs, strongly condemned the terrorist attack that took place Monday morning at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, and left at least 70 dead and several people wounded.

In a statement, he added that Egypt stands with the Pakistani people and government against “the vicious terrorism,” expressing his sincere condolences to the families of the victims.


Interrogation session for Supply Min. Tuesday over wheat corruption case

Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafy will attend an interrogation session Tuesday at the parliament around wheat import corruption and subsequent public money waste.


Writer says law regulating churches’ construction “disappointing for Copts”

Writer Kamal Zakher told Youm7 that a draft law that regulates churches construction “does not fulfill Copts’ ambitions.”

The law has been sent to parliament, where a dispute has erupted over the final draft.

Zakher said that the first article in the law bans establishing churches without fences, a condition that could face a problem in small villages and towns.

On the other hand, Pope Tawadros II has previously stated that the law is satisfying for the Coptic Church.


State should intervene to solve garbage crisis: MP

Member of Parliament Amr Kamal told Youm7 that the state should intervene to solve the garbage crisis in Egypt by establishing waste recycling factories.


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