Egypt Politics digest Aug.23: Sisi visits India in September; cabinet to speed release of churches building law
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi - REUTERS

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Sisi visits India in September to boost bilateral cooperation

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is scheduled to visit India in September to boost bilateral cooperation between both countries, Youm7 reported.

The visit is expected to include signing a number of agreements worth $100 million between Egyptian and Indian businessmen.


Egypt invited to sign Renaissance dam accord in Sept.5

Egypt has received an invitation to sign the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam agreement in Khartoum city, Sudan on Sept. 5, said the Spokesperson for Foreign Ministry Ahmed Abu Zeid.

The meeting will be a ministerial level, which will include ministers of irrigation and water resources of the three countries: Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.


Egypt praises Libyan parliament convening as ‘positive step’

Egypt has praised the convening of the Libyan parliament as a “positive step” to vote for forming a government, and that it matches Egypt’s efforts to deal with the Libyan crisis, according to a Foreign Ministry statement.


Cabinet assures ‘full coordination’ to release churches building law

The cabinet released a statement assuring full coordination to release the long-awaited law of churches building soon.

The statement said that discussions regarding the draft law, which has not yet been sent to the parliament for voting, are in full swing.

The draft law has stirred controversy as churches, rights activists and lawyers rejected it, and the Coptic Church saw it as “a risk to national unity,” according to CNN.

Among the controversial points discussed is that the law says that the shape of the church is a building surrounded by a fence without determining the presence of a dome or a cross.

Another point of dispute was that the law linked the distance of the new church with the number of residences and their need to have it without further details.


Parliament requests release of 1,000 prisoners

A parliamentarian sub-committee concerned with human rights affairs has requested pardon for 1,000 prisoners accused of violating protest law, Youm7 reported.

Undersecretary of the committee Atef Makhaleef said that the list of the names was sent to the Interior Ministry, adding that the list also include prisoners who faced minor charges and have humanitarian cases.

Since the adoption of the protest law in 2013, thousands of activists and youth have faced jail terms over orchestrating a law without a prior police permit.


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