UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Sept. 16:Egypt condemns Pakistan terror attack
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid. YOUM7 (archive)


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Egypt condemns Pakistan terror attack

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has condemned the terrorist attack that targeted a mosque in a northwestern Pakistani tribal area on Friday, Youm7 reported.

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

At least 16 worshippers have been killed and 35 others injured after a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in Pakistan during Friday prayers.

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


UN envoy to Libya arrives in Cairo

UN envoy to Libya Martin Kobler arrived in Cairo Friday on a several days’ visit where he will hold talks of Egyptian officials on the lateset developments in Libya, Youm7 reported.

This comes a day after the chief of Libya’s new UN-backed government Fayez al-Sarraj arrived in Cairo on Thursday where he will meet with several Egyptian officials to discuss latest development and security situation in Libya.

Egypt supports the Libyan army’s move to secure the country’s oil wealth and preserve stability and security, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told state-owned MENA agency on Friday.

Meanwhile, high-profile diplomatic source told Youm7 that Aqilah Saleh, President of the Libyan House of Representatives has also arrived in Cairo on Thursday. The reason behind Saleh’s visit remains disclosed, he added.

During the past years, Cairo has hosted several meetings between the Libyan factions to end the crisis and to come to a resolution that assures the stability in Libya.


Egypt takes delivery of second French Mistral warship

(Reuters)-Egypt took delivery of a second French Mistral helicopter carrier on Friday, part of a $1 billion deal signed last year.

Egypt took over the ship at a ceremony in the Atlantic coast port of Saint-Nazaire. It was the second of two France agreed last year to sell to Egypt.

The two ships were originally built for sale to Russia, but that sale was cancelled after Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

“It has been a very complicated, uncertain period to manage, but thanks to the French government’s support, we were able to find a navy that needed it,” a spokesman for the state-backed shipbuilder DCNS told Reuters.

The French naval contractor had to strip out all the ship’s information systems and instructions written in Cyrillic script and replace them with Arabic and English lettering.


Rafah border crossing re-opens for return of Palestinian pilgrims

The Egyptian-Palestinian border crossing of Rafah will  re-opened early Sunday in both both directions for four days to allow the Palestinian pilgrims return back home after coming from Saudi Arabia where they performed pilgrimage ritual, Palestinian new agency Maan reported Friday.

For five days, the crossing opened on Sept. 4 to allow passage of urgent humanitarian cases, sick people and permit holders.

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.


Egyptian national killed in Italy

An Egyptian national was killed in Italian city of Piacenza after a truck, belongs to a company he works for, has ran over him, according to a letter sent to the Egyptian consulate in Milano announced Thursday morning.

The Italian police forces have arrested on the truck driver, who is now under investigations, the letter added.


Egypt supports Haftar’s seizure of Libyan oil places

Egypt supports the Libyan National Army, led by military General Khalifa Haftar to maintain security and stability in Libya and to secure the Libyan oil fileds, said Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in media remarks during his visit in New York to prepare for President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s visit.

Egypt’s stance came after the United States and five European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain) have called on Haftar to withdraw from oil places where his loyal forces controlled over   and seized from the militants, Reueters reported on Sept. 12.

President Sisi will participate in the United Nation Security Council (UNSC) meetings to discuss the latest development in the Middle East, particularly Syria and Libya, Shoukry added.


Egypt to announce date of signing contract with consultant firms on Ethiopian dam Saturday

An anonymous official at the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation told youm7 Thursday that Egypt will announce on Saturday the date of signing contacts between the three countries of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on one side and two European consultant companies, that tasked to conduct studies on the possible negative impact of building the controversial Renaissance dam of Ethiopia  on Nile downstream countries.

Minister of Water resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Atti has denied media reports claimed that the contracts will be signed on Sept. 19 and 20 in Sudan.

Since May 2011, Cairo has voiced its concern that the dam could reduce the country’s annual share of more than 56 billion cubic meters of Nile water. Addis Ababa, however, has claimed that the dam is necessary for its development, and will not harm downstream countries.


Cairo Court resumes trial of Mubarak sons over stock embezzlement charges

After 5-month hiatus, the Cairo Criminal Court will resume trail of former President Hosni Mubarak’s sons (Gamal and Alaa) and six other defendants over charges of stock embezzlement on Saturday, Youm7 reported Friday.

The defendants are accused of obtaining money unlawfully by selling the National Bank of Egypt (NBE) to the National Bank of Kuwait, embezzling money from the public fund and damaging the Egyptian economy and national banking system through manipulating the stock exchange.

The prosecution accused the defendants of receiving 2.5 billion EGP ($349.5 million) in the bank sale in violation of capital market and Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) laws.

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