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President Abdel Fatah al Sisi during meeting with Donald Trupm. Youm7
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Egypt’s Sisi wraps up New York visit after taking part in UNGA meetings

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has traveled from New York back to Cairo on Thursday wrapping up a five-day visit during which he took part in the 71st United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session.

Sisi called on the UN Security Council member states to assume their responsibilities and end the bloodshed in Syria after five years of failure to reach a political settlement, Sisi said in a speech at the UN Security Council meeting on the Middle East on Wednesday.

The president met with met with both Hillary Clinton and Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump. He also met with leaders and heads of governments including the UK, Iraq.

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.

He also participated in a high-level meeting that on means to confront the refugee crisis and the influx of migrants to Europe.

“While the Middle East still teams with bloody conflicts, Egypt has managed to preserve its stability in the midst of a highly unstable region thanks the solidity of its institutions,” the president told the UNGA.

 

Cairo court adjourns trial of Morsi, 24 others over insulting judiciary

The Cairo Criminal Court on Thursday postponed to Oct. 20 the trial of former president Mohamed Morsi and 24 others over charges of insulting the judiciary, Youm7 reported.

Prosecutors accuse the defendants of “insulting the judiciary via television, radio and social-networking websites and inciting hatred and disrespect for judicial officials.”

Morsi currently faces five separate trials involving multiple criminal charges, including espionage, jailbreak and insulting the judiciary.

 

Policeman killed, 2 injured in in N.Sinai attack

A policeman died and another two were injured after unidentified gunmen opened fire at them in North Sinai, the Interior Ministry announced Thursday.

According to an official of the security media center of the Interior Ministry, Tamer A. Abdel Hamid, a conscript at North Sinai security forces was killed while patrolling areas south of North Sinai security directorate.

Security forces have reinforced their presence in the area in search for the perpetrators, according to the media center.

Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in militancy since the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then.

 

Death toll after migrant boat capsizes off Egypt reaches 52

Egyptian rescue workers have found nine more bodies in the Mediterranean Sea a day after a boat carrying hundreds of migrants capsized, bringing the death toll so far to 52, two officials said on Thursday.

Egyptian authorities have arrested four crew members of the boat, which had been carrying almost 600 migrants, judicial sources said.

The boat sank on Wednesday off Burg Rashid, a village in Egypt’s northern Beheira province where the Nile meets the Mediterranean. Rescue workers have so far saved 169 people, which means the death toll could hit several hundred.

Prosecutors ordered the crew members jailed for four days while an investigation takes place. The rescued migrants have been released.

Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail pledged the government’s full support for the continuing rescue mission and said those responsible must be brought to justice. The military said in a statement it was conducting the rescue operation.

 

Sisi meets with U.S. National Security Council in New York

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met with members of the U.S. National Security Council in New York City, on the sidelines of the United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) on Wednesday, said Egytpian Presidential Spokesperson Alaa Youssef in a statement.

President Sisi tackled the latest development on the Egyptian arena over the past few years; he also discussed Egypt’s counter-terrorism efforts in North Sinai, Youssef added.

Economically, Sisi talked about the Egyptian economic reform program, which imposed on the country harsh decisions of reducing the subsidies.

Egyptian, Greek Defense Ministers talk cooperation in Cairo

Minister of Defense Gen. Sedky Sobhy has met with Cairo-visiting Greek Minister of National Defense  Panos Kammenos, according to a statement on the Egyptian ministry website on Thursday.

The two sides discussed ways of joint military cooperation and strengthening the relations between the two countries.

 

788 Palestinian pilgrims cross Rafah border crossing to Gaza Thursday

A total of 788 Palestinian pilgrims will return back home Thursday exceptional re-opening of Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza, Youm7 reported an Egyptian official at the crossing.

The first group of pilgrims has crossed into Gaza on Sunday after it opened in both directions for four days to allow the Palestinian pilgrims return back home after coming from Saudi Arabia where they performed pilgrimage ritual.

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.

 

Technical, financial talks on Egypt’s 1st NPP ended with Russia’s Rosatom

Egyptian Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker announced that the consultations on technical and financial aspects concerning Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), which will be constructed on Egyptian Mediterranean city of Marsa Matrouh, have been completed with Russia’s Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation.

In November 2015, an agreement was signed between the two countries to finance and build four reactors in the first phase. Russian state-owned Rosatom will construct the plant, and the first reactor will begin operating by 2020.

 

2 policemen killed, 2 others injured in Arish

Two policemen were killed and two others were injured after a group of militants opened at them while they were patrolling in Arish city of North Sinai on Thursday, Youm7 reported.

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