UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Sept. 14: Clinton to meet with presidents of Egypt, Ukraine next week: campaign
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton reacts to her newly unveiled campaign plane before boarding for the first time at the Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York, U.S., September 5, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Clinton to meet with presidents of Egypt, Ukraine next week: campaign

(Reuters)-Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko next week at the United Nations General Assembly, her campaign said on Wednesday.

She will also meet with other leaders, the campaign added.

 

Russian Transport Ministry to send safety inspection to Egypt shortly: minister

The Russian Transport Ministry plans to send another group of airport safety experts to Egypt shortly with the aim of restoring flights between the countries, Minister Maxim Sokolov told Sputnik on Wednesday.

“We will go [to Egypt] with another inspection in the near future. We are working on this together with the Egyptian counterparts,” Sokolov told reporters.

Russia suspended all flights to and from Egypt last fall after a Russian A321 plane crashed in the Sinai desert on October 31 while flying from the resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board died in what has become the largest civil aviation disaster in Russian history.

 

Egypt’s FM due in New York Thur. ahead of Sisi’s visit

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will travel to New York on Thursday to prepare for President Abdel Fatah al Sisi’s participation in the 71st round of the United Nations General Assembly, Youm7 reported.

Shoukry is set to meet with a number of his foreign counterparts to discuss current regional and international issues. He will also attend a ministerial-level meeting on the current situation in Libya.

Sisi will also attend are the Security Council’s summit on Syria, scheduled for Sep. 21 September.

 

KLM suspends flights to Cairo amid country’s currency problems

(Reuters)-KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will suspend flights to Cairo beginning in January as a result of Egypt’s foreign currency problems, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

Egypt is facing an acute dollar shortage that has stifled the ability of some companies to repatriate earnings and transfer money abroad, with many waiting in lengthy queues for allocations from the country’s central bank and others resorting to an expensive black market for dollars that cuts into profits.

The country’s net foreign reserves stood at $16.564 billion at the end of August, less than half the roughly $36 billion held in 2011 before an uprising drove away tourists and foreign investors, major sources of foreign currency.

The bank has sought to preserve forex reserves for essential items such as food, fuel, medicines and manufacturing components.

This has hit companies such as Air France-KLM – the airline told Reuters in February it was unable to repatriate any earnings for months.

British Airways has said it faced similar problems, though it has not suspended flights to Cairo.

 

Mexico reaches compensation deal for victims of 2015 Egypt bombing

(Reuters) – Mexicans who lost relatives or were wounded in an aerial bombing in Egypt last year have reached a compensation agreement with the Egyptian Travel Agents Association (ETAA), Mexico’s government said on Tuesday.

In September 2015, an Egyptian army aircraft fired on a group of visitors parked for a barbecue near a tourist site, thinking they were militants. Eight Mexican citizens and four Egyptians were killed. Six Mexicans were wounded.

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that after the intervention of both governments and their lawyers, an accord was reached with the ETAA to pay “financial compensation” to the victims once current religious festivals in Egypt are over.

The federation is a union of local tourism chambers of commerce. It represents the tourism industry and is not officially part of the Egyptian government.

Muslims this week celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday, one of the two most important festivals of the Islamic calendar.

The ministry, which in May complained that it was not satisfied with Egypt’s response to the attack, did not divulge details of the agreement.

Under the accord, authorities in Egypt will also erect a memorial to the Mexican and Egyptian victims, the ministry said.

 

Ministry of Justice drafts anti-discrimination law

The Egyptian Ministry of Justice has drafted a law against discrimination and will refer it to the House of Representatives to study it, Youm7 reported a judicial official at the ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Per the Anti-Discrimination Law, a commissioner to combat the discriminatory acts will be formed in a accordance with the 2014 Constitution, the official added.

 

Egypt’s FM phones UK counterpart on resuming British flights to Sharm el Sheikh

Foreign Minister Sameh Shouky phoned his UK counterpart Boris Johnson Tuesday on the resumption of suspended UK flights to Egypt’s Sharm el Sheikh Airport, Youm7 reported a statement from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid.

Britain and a number of European countries have imposed an aviation ban on Sharm el Sheikh Airport following the crash of the Russian plane, which was downed over Central Sinai 20 minutes after taking off from Sharm el Sheikh Airport, claiming lives of more than 220 passengers on board.

 

Egypt re-asks 80 countries to reclaim smuggled money

Egypt has renewed its requests to 80 countries, including the European countries, to reclaim its smuggled money, which worth at $1.526 billion, Youm7 reported Tuesday.

The government is seeking to reclaim the smuggled money and frozen assets that belong to former President Hosni Mubarak, his two sons, and 19 of his men.

Youm7 reported that the government has asked some European countries to transport the frozen assets to the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) where they will be kept frozen until the end of the owner’s trials over charges of stealing the public money.

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