Egypt’s politics digest Sept. 20: Sisi talks Egypt-U.S. relations with Clinton, Trump
Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi during his meeting with U.S Presidential Candidate Donald Trump.

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Sisi talks Egypt-U.S. relations with Clinton, Trump

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has met with the two U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at the sidelines of the UN general assembly in New York City, according to Youm7.

The Republican candidate Trump praised Egypt’s history and leading role in the Middle East, and expressed his full support to the country’s efforts to combat terrorism.

He stressed that both the United States and Egypt need to work together to overcome their common enemy, which is terrorism and extremism.

Trump also added that in case he won the elections, his country will be a strong ally that Egypt can count on within the coming years.

During his meeting with Clinton, Sisi highlighted the historic and strategic relations between both countries, adding that there should be new impetus to boost relations and serve bilateral interests of both countries’ peoples.


Court considers challenge to remain Egypt-Saudi Red Sea islands deal

Cairo Court for Urgent Matters is scheduled to consider Tuesday a challenge against overturning the Egypt-Saudi Arabia maritime demarcation deal.

Lawyer Khaled Ali, who filed a lawsuit against the agreement that transferred two Red Sea islands into Saudi waters, challenged the jurisdiction of the court of urgent matters to consider such cases.

The State Council has ruled that Egypt has the sovereignty over the two islands Tiran and Sanafir.

In August, the Administrative Court accepted a request by plaintiffs to replace judicial panel ruling in the government’s appeal against the state council’s decision.


MP Amr el-Shobky to sworn-in during 2nd parliament convening period

The legislative committee at the parliament said that member Amr el-Shobky will be sworn in during the second round of the convening period after his membership is confirmed.

Shobky has won the right to represent Dokki and Agouza constituency in parliament and replace MP Ahmed Mortada Mansour, whose membership was deemed void per court ruling.


Parliament eyes renewal of religious discourse in 2nd round

The religious committee at the parliament announced it will hold meetings with Dar el-Ifta (Egypt’s religious body authorized to issue edicts) and Educational Ministry over renewal of religious discourse project.

Osama el-Abd, the head of the committee, said that the project will be applied to Azhar, per and post university educations.

The project is scheduled to be discussed with concerned bodies during the second round of the parliament convening period.

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