UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Sept. 20: Egypt is the main pillar of stability in the region: British PM
President Abdel Fatah al Sisi during meeting with UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Sep. 20. Youm7.


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Egypt “main pillar” of stability in the region: British PM

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has asserted that “Egypt is the main pillar of stability in the region,”

The remarks came during a meeting with President Abdel Fatah al Sisi on Tuesday on the sidelines of the 71st United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, Youm7 reported.

The meeting tackled security situation in the Middle East and ways to strengthen bilateral relations between Egypt and the UK in fields of security, counter terrorism and investment.

May asserted that the Egyptian prosperity and stability was “vital to the region” and expressed her country’s keenness to push British investments in Egypt.

The two leaders also agreed to lift the current suspension of UK flights to Sharm el-Sheikh Airport. May praised the Egyptian government’s ongoing efforts to improve security at airports, Youm7 reported.

Sisi also met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al AbadiIraq earlier today and discussed developments of the internal situation and efforts to combat terrorism and extremist groups of the Iraqi lands.

The president is also scheduled to meet with Jordanian King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein later today before he delivers speech on the economic and political developments in Egypt as well as the country’s stance on regional issues.

Sisi will also participate in a high-level meeting that will discuss means to confront the refugee crisis and the influx of migrants to Europe.

On Monday, Sisi presided over a meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council on the sidelines of the 71st round of the UN General Assembly in New York City.


UK supports training of Egyptian Armed Forces: Fallon

The UK is committing to deepening its training relationship with the Egyptian Armed Forces, the British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has announced in a statement on Monday.

The remarks came after Fallon has concluded his two-day visit to Cairo on Tuesday where he met with his Egyptian counterpart Sedky Sobhy and discussed regional and international efforts to counter terrorism.

“Our vital training has helped Egyptian Armed Forces to defuse dangerous devices as they tackle the threat from our common enemy – terrorism. We are now going to step up co-operation with our Egyptian allies to help them increase training capacity in their Armed Forces,” according to the statement.

Fallon’s visit to Cairo after the conclusion of a training program of more than 80 Egyptian Armed Forces personnel across in counter-improvised explosive device and close protection, that took place in the UK over the past two years.

“Egypt is a key partner, and we will continue to work together to achieve security and stability in this region,” he added.


Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan sign long awaited Ethiopian dam impact studies contract

Water ministers from Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on Monday have witnessed the inking of contracts with two French consultancy firms hired to prepare impact studies on downstream countries of the controversial Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam, Youm7 reported.

The signing, which that took place during the 12th session of a tripartite ministerial committee in Khartoum, was with French consultancy firms BRL and Artelia, as well as British law firm Corbett.

Egyptian Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel Aaati described the long awaited event as a “historic event that reflects the cooperation among the three countries,” according to Youm7.

According to the contracts, the study will take no more than 11 months, ministry spokesman Waleed Haqiqy announced in a Saturday statement.

Ethiopian Water and Electricity Minister Motuma Mekassa said the studies “should be conducted away from the labyrinth of politics,” according to Youm7.

The technical discussions were suspended since February when a tripartite committee, tasked to discuss GERD issues, announced reaching a unanimous agreement on the proposal submitted by the two French consultancy firms on GERD’s potential impact on Sudan and Egypt.

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.

The $4 billion dam is being constructed on the Blue Nile with a capacity of 74 billion cubic meters, and is expected to generate up to 6,000 megawatts of power.


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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