UPDATE- Egypt’s politics digest on Sept. 4: Egypt’s participation in G-20 praised as pivotal step to progress
Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi during his participation in G-20 in China.

CAIRO: No more browse from site to another, here is Egypt’s politics digest for Sept.4: 


Swiss state secretary for Foreign Affairs arrives in Egypt

The Swiss State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Yves Rossier arrived Sunday at the Cairo International Airport in a visit where he meets with Egyptian officials.


MP requests forming fact-finding committee to investigate railway losses

Member of Parliament Mohamed Abdullah requested forming a fact-finding committee to investigate huge losses at the railway sector, Youm7 reported.

The parliamentarian said that the committee is meant to reveal corruption and negligence that caused the losses that burdens the state’s budget.


MPs praise Egypt’s participation in G-20 as pivotal step to progress

President Sisi’s participation in G-20 summit held in China has been praised as a boosting step to Egypt’s position internationally, according to parliamentarians.

MP Ahmed Mostafa said that the participation will enhance Egypt’s economic relations with many major countries like China, Russia and Japan.

MP Yousri el-Moghazy said that Egypt’s debut participation proves the country’s recognized pivotal role as a big regional state.

MP Fawzy el-Sharbasy also stated that Sisi’s Asian tour that started with India will put Egypt on the progress route.


Sisi meets S. Korea, Argentina counterparts on sidelines of G-20 summit

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi met with South Korean President Park Geun-hye and the President of Argentina Mauricio Macri on the sidelines of their participation in the G-20 summit, which kicked off in China’s Hangzhou Sunday, Youm7 reported.

The meetings covered ways to enhance trade and security relations between Egypt and the two states, as well as climate change, combating corruption and supporting Africa issues.

During the meeting with Geun-hye, Sisi asserted Egypt’s keenness on preserving security and stability in eastern Asia region especially the Korean peninsula.

Sisi also met with his Chinese, Russian, French counterparts as well as Japanese PM on the sidelines of the summit.


Regeni family legal advisor, 4 others released on bail

A Cairo court on Saturday has released Ahmad Abdullah, the lawyer representing the family of Italian student Giulio Regeni who was tortured and murdered in Cairo, Al Watan reported.

Abdullah and four other defendants were released on 10,000 EGP ($1,100) bail each pending investigations. The prosecution appealed the court ruling.

Abdullah, head of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms, was arrested in April before his detention was renewed several times. He faces charges including, incitement to use force to overthrow the regime, change the state constitution, spread false news to disturb public security.

Regeni, a 28-year-old postgraduate student, disappeared in Cairo on 25 January. His body was found on the side of a road outside Cairo with signs of torture.


1,088 people cross Rafah border on Sat.

A total of 1,088 people have crossed the borders between Egypt and Gaza Strip in both directions on Saturday, security source told Youm7.

This comes after the Egyptian authorities decided to open the Rafah border crossing for two days as of Saturday.

Up to 593 people crossed  into Egypt while 493 people crossed the borders into Gaza.

The crossing was opened to allow the passage of urgent humanitarian cases, sick people and permit holders, ahead of Eid al Adha, an Egyptian official at the border told Youm7.

The opening of the crossing between Egypt’s North Sinai province and Palestine’s Gaza Strip marks the second time this week. It was opened on Tuesday – Thursday and allowed over 1,600 Palestinian pilgrims to travel through the border.


Bodies of 2 Egyptian expats in Jordan to arrive in Cairo Sunday

Bodies of two Egyptian expats, who died in Jordan will arrive at Cairo International Airport on Sunday evening; Manpower Minister Mohamed Saafan was quoted by Youm7.

The two brothers died of suffocation as result of lack of oxygen while they were cleaning an oil well on Friday before they were transported to a hospital in Sahab district, southwest of the Jordanian capital.

On Saturday, Saafan has issued urgent directives to the labor representative office of the Egyptian Embassy in Amman to bring back their bodies, according to Youm7.


Defense minister in Moscow to participates in Egypt-Russian military committee meetings

A high-profile military delegation headed by Defense Minister Sedqy Sobhy left Cairo to Moscow in multi-day official visit to Russia, Youm7 reported.

During the visit, Sobhy will meet with senior Russian officials and attend the third round of meetings of the Russian Egyptian joint military committee to discuss military cooperation between the two countries in various fields, according to a statement by the Egyptian army.

Sobhi is accompanied by Egyptian Minister of Military Production Mohamed al Assar.


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