UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Sept. 17: Russian agriculture officials seek joint meeting with Egyptian counterparts to review shipments specifications
A street vendor sells oranges in Cairo March 2, 2011. REUTERS/Peter Andrews


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Russian agriculture officials seek joint meeting with Egyptian counterparts to review shipments specifications

Officials at the Russian agriculture quarantine authority called for a joint meeting with their Egyptian counterparts to discuss the technical specifications for a number of Egyptian agricultural shipments to Russia, which have been recently rejected by the Russian side, Youm7 reported.

The Egyptian Central Administration for Agricultural Quarantine affiliated to the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture has received a letter from the Trade Attaché of the Egyptian Embassy in Russia requesting an immediate meeting to discuss the issue, a well-informed source at Egypt’s agriculture ministry told Youm7.

An Egyptian technical team is due in Russia by the end of September to discuss a recent Russian decision imposing temporary restrictions on Egyptian crops imports, Minister of Trade and Industry Tarek Kabil said on Saturday.

The Russian side also hopes to discuss technical specifications of fruits and vegetables shipments ahead of the new export season, said the source, denying media claims the meeting was “to discuss suspending the Egyptian shipments to Russia.”

Egypt also will revise the technical specifications of the Russian shipments to Egypt “in order to remove all technical obstacles hindering agricultural trade between the two countries,” he added.

On Tuesday, the Russian Agricultural Supervisory Authority declared it may impose temporary restrictions on importing Egyptian agricultural products with high health hazards from Egypt.


Attorney General’s assassination case postponed to Oct. 11

The Cairo Criminal Court on Saturday adjourned the trial of 67 defendants accused of killing Egypt’s former Attorney General Hesham Barakat to October 11, for further examination of the evidence, Youm7 reported.

The court has yet to look at documents related to the defendants.

In May, the Attorney General’s office announced the State Security Prosecution’s investigation revealed that the defendants belong to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group and that they organized the assassination in coordination with the Palestinian movement Hamas.

The defendants face numerous charges, including manufacturing and possessing explosives and using them to endanger people’s lives, as well as acquisition of weapons and ammunition intended for use in criminal act.

Attorney General Hesham barakat was killed on June 29, 2015 after a bomb targeted his motorcade in Cairo’s upscale district of Heliopolis.


Egypt sitting volleyball team lost0-3 against Bosnia in 2016 Paralympics semi-finals

The Egyptian sitting volleyball team lost 0-3 against Bosnia and Herzegovina in semi-finals of Rio 2016 Paralympics, Youm7 reported.

Bosnia and Herzegovina dominated the three sets 25-23, 25-16, 25-20 to secure a spot in the final.

After the loss, the Egyptian team will face the loser from Iran and Brazil’s match to secure the third place and bronze medal.


Governorates brace for 2016 rain season

Egypt’s Governorates braced for the rainy season, which is scheduled to begin during the next few months, Youm7 reported Saturday.

Several governors, in particularly the coastal provinces that are exposed to heavy rains, has submitted t their preparation plans to Minister of Local Development Ahmed Zaki Badr.

Dozens of people were killed due to waves of heavy floods sweeping into houses, particularly in Beheira governorate in the Nile Delta.


Ahram International Squash Championship kicks off Saturday

After ten years of hiatus, Al-Ahram International Squash Championship kicks off Saturday in the vicinity of Giza Pyramids, Youm7 reported.

The championship was organized by Al Ahram institution in cooperation with the Egyptian Squash Association.


Death toll among Egyptian pilgrims rises to 33: health minister

The death toll among Egyptian pilgrims has climbed to 43, Assistant to Minister of Health and Population and the Chief Medical Mission of Hajj Ali Hegazi was quoted by Youm7 on Thursday.

All the cases died of natural causes, including heat exhaustion, high blood pressure and hypertension, he said.


EgyptAir start air bridge for return back of pilgrims Saturday

EgyptAir started its air bridge for returning the Egyptian pilgrims back home from the Saudi territories on Saturday on board of 21 flights, Youm7 reported.

It is scheduled that a total of 75,000 pilgrims will return home from Madina on EgyptAir flights after the end of 2016 Pilgrimage season on Thursday.


4,530 tourists arrive in Sharm al-Sheikh, push hotel occupancy rate to 45%

Some 2,877 tourists of various nationalities arrived at Sharm al-Sheikh Airport Saturday aboard 45 international flights, while a total of 4,855 tourists have departed the airport, the head of South Sinai’s task force Essam Khedr told Youm7.

He added that the tourist turnout has pushed hotel occupancy rate to 54 percent in Sharm el Sheikh.

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