UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest on Aug. 31:Egypt condemns Somali terror attack
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid. YOUM7 (archive)


CAIRO: No more browse from site to another, here is Egypt’s politics digest on Aug. 31: 

Egypt condemns Somali terror attack

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has condemned the terrorist attack that targeted a hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu on Wednesday, Youm7 reported.

“The Egyptian people stand in solidarity with the Somali nation in these hard moments,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement.

A truck bomb has exploded outside a hotel in Mogadishu nearby a presidential palace on Wednesday, killing 22 people.

Abu Zeid expressed condolences and support for the families of the victims, the Somali people and government, saying that the recent terror attack “confirms that terrorism is a global phenomenon requires consolidation of all efforts.”


Sisi meets Red Cross president

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi met with visiting President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer at the Presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday, Youm7 reported.

The leaders reviewed the conflicts in the region and discussed ways to enhance their cooperation.

During the meeting, Sisi asserted Egypt’s commitment in protecting civilians during its war against terrorism in Sinai and condemnation to attacks on medical facilities in conflict areas, Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef said in a statement.


Sisi, Jordanian PM discuss bilateral coop

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi met with visiting Jordanian Prime Minister Hany al Mulqa on Wednesday and discussed ways to boost bilateral cooperation between both countries in various fields, Youm7 reported.

The meeting comes in the sidelines of the meetings of the 26th higher joint committee of the two countries that were held in Cairo.

During the meeting, the two leaders discussed the ongoing situation in the Middle East region, in addition to solutions to the political turmoil in Syria and Libya, Presidential Spokesperson Alaa Youssef said in a press statement Wednesday.

A total of 13 cooperation agreements between the two countries in the fields of pharmaceuticals, culture, media, maritime transport, mining and manpower were signed in light of the committee meetings.


Parliament discusses harshening FGM penalty Wednesday

Parliament is set to discuss Wednesday a draft law passed by the cabinet to amend FGM punishment to be harsher, Youm7 reported.

The draft law article toughens the penalty imposed on those involved in committing the FGM crime to be 5-7 years in prison.

The old law rules that the punishment is between 2 months to 2 years, or a fine of 1000-5000 EGP.


Court to rule in lawsuit calling to shut down Facebook, Twitter

The Administrative Judicial Court will issue a ruling regarding a lawsuit demanding authorities to shut down Facebook and Twitter on grounds “they are used in inciting violence acts.”

The lawsuit claims that foreign intelligence bodies have used the social media websites since January 25 Revolution to incite protests and violence in Egypt. It also says that these websites are operating without licenses or official surveillance.

In 2015, the same court rejected a call to ban Facebook.


2 militants killed in pre-emptive strikes in N. Sinai

Security forces killed two militants in North Sinai during special operations targeting armed groups in Rafah city, Youm7 reported.

The operations are part of pre-emptive strikes launched by forces in the peninsula.

Meanwhile, forces thwarted an attempted attack at a checkpoint in Rafah and another in Sheikh Zuwayed.

Hundreds of soldiers and policemen were killed in several attacks at security facilities and car bombs in North Sinai. On the other hand, officials regularly announce killing scores of militants in strikes and military operations.

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