UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Sept. 23: State TV officials interrogated over airing old interview with Sisi
Egyptian State TV headquarters in Cairo. Youm7.


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State TV officials interrogated over airing old interview with Sisi

The Administrative Prosecution Authority ordered the interrogation of officials from the news sector at the Egyptian state television after mistakenly airing an old interview of President Abdel Fatah al Sisi during his participation in the UN General Assembly meetings, Youm7 reported on Friday.

Channel 1 was expected to broadcast a recent interview the president granted to the US network PBS but it instead aired a year-old interview with the same network.

On Wednesday, news sector chairman at the state TV Mostafa Shehata had been sacked over the incidence.


Russian transport minister due in Cairo next week for flight resumption talks

Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov will visit Egypt next week where he will meet with Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy for talks on possible resumption of regular air service between the two countries, TASS reported on Friday.

“The Transport Minister of the Russian Federation will fly to Cairo in the period between 26 and 29 September as head of the Russian delegation for talks with the Egyptian side,” a source in Cairo familiar with the matter told TASS.

Negotiations on resuming flights between the two countries have been underway following Russia’s air carrier Kogalymavia plane crash over Sinai late October, in which 217 passengers and seven crew members were all killed.


Shoukry meets Iranian counterpart on Sidelines of UN General Assembly meetings

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met on Friday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamed Zarif Gawad on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings in New York, Youm7 reported.

The two discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations in all fields, in addition to anti-terrorism efforts and factors of instability in the region, said Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid.

The talks between the foreign ministers reviewed the latest developments in the activities of the Non-Aligned Movement and stances of state members towards regional and international issues, he added.

During the meeting, the ministers agreed to intensify consultations and coordination among the movement state members with regard to regional challenges, in particular the latest developments in Syria, Libya and Yemen.


Egyptian, British FM talk U.K. flight resume to Sharm el-Sheikh

Egypt’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shokry met Thursday with his British counterpart, where they discussed the resuming of U.K. flights to Sharm el-Sheikh city.

Following a Russian plane crash in Sinai last October, the British government has halted direct flights between its airports and Sharm el-Sheikh Airport, from which the ill fated jet took off. A total of 224 passengers and crew reportedly killed.


218 prisoners pardoned after serving half sentences: official

A total of 218 prisoners have been pardoned per a presidential decree that releases inmates who served half of their prison terms, Youm7 reported.

Hassan el-Sohagy, head of Prisons Authority Department, said that a committee has been studying prisoners’ cases to determine those eligible to be released.


Sisi arrives in Cairo after participation in UN General Assembly

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi arrived in Cairo after his participation in the UN General Assembly in New York City, Youm7 reported.

Sisi has paid four-day visit for NYC.

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