UPDATE – Egypt’s politics digest Sept. 25: Sisi: we welcome Cairo-Paris strategic partnership
President Abdel Fatah al Sisi - YOUM7

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Sisi: we welcome Cairo-Paris strategic partnership

Egypt welcomes strategic partnership between Cairo and Paris, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi told French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in a Sunday meeting.

 

Sisi has praised Egypt’s receipt of the second Mistral class helicopter carrier from France.

 

 

 

MP accuses gov’t of inaction in combating illegal immigration mafia

A member of Parliament has submitted a notice accusing the government of delinquency in combating illegal immigration mafia.

 

MP Mohamed el-Shahawy blamed the recent crisis of the Rasheed migration boat that capsized carrying on board 300 people on the government’s negligence.

 

 

Union for Egyptian female lawyers formed

The Lawyers’ Syndicate announced forming a union for female lawyers to support their professional roles and participation across governorates.

 

Sisi issues directives to hold accountable those involved in migrant boat disaster

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued directives to hold accountable those involved in the migrant boat capsized off Egypt’s Mediterranean coast killing at least 165 people, Youm7 reportes.

This came during Sisi’s Saturday meeting with the country’s security committee in presence of Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar and the director of the General Intelligence.

The boat, named ‘Mawkeb al Rasol’, drowned about 12 nautical miles northeast of Beheira’s city of Rosetta with over 600 illegal migrants on board.

More than 150 people from countries, including Sudan, Eritrea and Somali have been rescued by the Egyptian authorities over the past two days. On Friday, the Egyptian authorities announced it had pulled out a total of 162 bodies from the drowning site so far.

A fisherman and his mother were remanded in custody for four days over involvement in running the boat, state news agency MENA on Saturday.

 

MP calls for “smart oversight” of social media platforms

Parliamentarian Yehia Kedwani called for social media companies to fulfill their crucial role in combating terrorism by preventing their platforms from being used to promote terrorism and killings.

Kedwani, who is the deputy head of the parliament’s National Security Committee, called on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to develop systems involving “smart oversight” of certain types of information exchanged through the internet.

The internet is being used to facilitate money laundering operations and funding terrorist groups, he added.

 

Egypt to toughen penalties against illegal immigration crimes: PM

The Egyptian government has proposed a draft bill to amend a law on the illegal immigration-related crimes, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail told reporters on Saturday.

The amendments aim to “toughen penalties and introduce deterrent penalties for those involved in any activities related to illegal immigration,” he added.

The bill comes a week after a boat named ‘Mawkeb al Rasol’, drowned about 12 nautical miles northeast of Beheira’s city of Rosetta with over 600 illegal migrants on board.

More than 150 people from countries, including Sudan, Eritrea and Somali have been rescued by the Egyptian authorities over the past two days.

 

French defense minister arrives in Cairo

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrived at Cairo International Airport on Saturday evening, airport sources said.

Drian, who heads a military delegation, is scheduled to meet with Egyptian military officials to discuss issues of common interest and military partnership between the two countries.

Upon arrival, Drian was received by diplomats from the French Embassy in Cairo and Egyptian military officials.

His visit comes after Egypt has received the 2nd Mistral helicopter carrier, which was named after late Egyptian president Anwar El-Sadat. It is one of two carriers Egypt purchased from France last year in a deal worth $950 million.

 

 

Shoukry, S. Sudan vice president review security development

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met on Saturday with South Sudanese first Vice President Taban Deng Gai and discussed latest developments in the security situation in Juba, Youm7 reported.

South Sudan and means of solving the crisis

During the meeting, Shoukry said Egypt is closely following up with the political and security situation in South Sudan and expressed his country’s full support for stability and peace in the African state, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid was quoted by Youm7 on Saturday.

“Egypt will continue to play its role through the current membership in both the Security Council and the Peace and Security Council of the African Union’s in support of Southern Sudan by all means,” said Shoukry.

The meeting was also attended by the South Sudanese ministers of foreign affairs and defense.

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