Egypt’s politics digest Sept. 27: Russia lifts ban on imports of Egyptian crops
An Egyptian fruits seller is seen at a market in Cairo, Egypt May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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CAIRO: No more browsing from site to site, view the top politics news stories on Sept. 27 here:

Russia lifts ban on imports of Egyptian crops

Russia has agreed to lift a temporary ban on imports of Egyptian crops after Cairo committed to take all necessary measures to guarantee the safety of the products exported to Moscow, Sergei Dankvert, Head of Russian food safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor was quoted by Sputnik on Monday.

“The sides agreed to resume the deliveries of agricultural produce from Egypt to Russia, except potatoes, on condition that the Egyptian side will meet all Russian demands on sanitary safety of supplied produce,” said Rosselkhoznadzor spokeswoman Yulia Melano.

Russia temporarily suspended fruit and vegetable imports from Egypt from Sept. 22 after Cairo rejected a Russian wheat shipment.

 

Egypt’s Sisi promises more jobs to deter perilous migration to Europe

(Reuters) – President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday pledged more jobs for Egyptians to help dissuade them from making dangerous voyages to Europe after more than 160 migrants died when a boat capsized off the country’s Mediterranean coast.

Rescue workers and fisherman recovered five more bodies on Sunday, taking the death toll in the Sept. 21 shipwreck to 169, with another 169 migrants having been rescued.

Security sources and the state MENA news agency initially said up to 600 people may have been abroad the boat, suggesting hundreds more may be lost at sea. But some survivors have estimated the number of people on the vessel at closer to 400.

Survivors and their families said poverty and a lack of jobs and opportunity along with political repression in Egypt have driven thousands to embark on perilous journeys in rickety boats across the Mediterranean to Europe.

 

Civil aviation min., Russia transport min. to hold a press conference on flight suspension talks

Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy and Russia’s Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov will hold a press conference on Tuesday to announce the outcome of talks on resuming direct flights between the two countries, Youm7 reported.

The conference will be held at the Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister in Cairo.

Heading a high-level Russian delegation, Sokolov arrived in Cairo Monday  to meet with President Abdel Fatah al Sisi for talks on a “draft agreement” between the two countries to ensure the safety of civil aviation,” according to Russia’s state news agency RIA Novosti.

Russia has suspended all civilian passenger flights to Egypt following the crash of a Russian plane over Sinai that killed 224 people.

 

Sisi vowes to counter illegal migration

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi expressed his regret over the drowning of over 160 Egyptians when an illegal migration boat sank in Egypt’s Mediterranean governorate of Beihera last week.

The remarks came in an aired TV speech following the inauguration of of “Bashayer al Khair” housing project in Alexandria.

“Young Egyptians pay a lot of money to travel in such an illegal way but there is no justification or excuse for such death of human beings from Egypt and other countries,” Sisi said.

A migration boat carrying over 600 people capsized off Egypt’s northern coast on Wednesday.

As many as 178 bodies have been pulled out of the water so far, health ministry announced in a statement on Monday.

 

Rabaa operation room retrial adjourned to Oct. 5

The Giza Criminal Court adjourned to October 5 the re-trial of Muslim Brotherhood Guide Mohamad Badie and other 36 co-defendants over involvement in the armed sit-in of Cairo’s Rabaa al Adaweya Square.

The defendants face charges of plotting unrest, spreading false news and leading an operations room in support of ousted President Mohamed Morsi .

The adjournment came so that the court continues reviewing the technical committee reports, with the defendants to remain in custody.

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