Egypt’s politics digest Oct. 5: Egypt’s foreign affairs council extends solidarity with Saudi Arabia over JASTA
Protesters and family members of 9/11 victims protest in front of the White House regarding President Barack Obama's threatened veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) in Washington, U.S., September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron


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Egypt’s foreign affairs council extends solidarity with Saudi Arabia over JASTA

The Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs (ECFA) on Tuesday said it supports Saudi Arabia in rejecting the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) recently passed by the US Congress,which allows the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for damages.

In a statement, the council said the law “raises several legal violations and contradicts US government’s commitment to provisions of the Charter of the United Nations which stated the immunity of the sovereignty of the U.S state members.”

It also contradicts the UN Charter “which asserts the validity of the laws of each state within its borders only,” the statement said, adding that this “unilateral law is an invitation to serious chaos in international relations as it opened the door for all countries to pass similar laws,” the statement added.

JASTA was passed by US Congress last week. It allows American administration to sue foreign countries for acts of terrorism that kill Americans in the US territories.

It was passed by a 97-1 vote by the Senate to override a veto by President Barack Obama.


Sisi, Bashir sign strategic partnership agreement, 15 MoU

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi and his Sudanese counterpart Omar al Bashir on Wednesday signed a comprehensive strategic partnership agreement between the two countries, Youm7 reported.

The two presidents also attended the signing of 15 memoranda of understanding were in commerce, education, tourism, economy, transportation and agriculture fields.

This came during the meetings of the higher Egyptian-Sudanese committee kicked off in Cairo earlier this week.

Addressing the committee, President Bashir said the recent inauguration of the Qastal-Ashkeet and Arqeen crossings constitutes “a valuable bridge for communications and peaceful and societal co-existence between the two countries.”


Parliament initially approves anti-illegal immigration bill

The Parliament on Wednesday approved in principle a draft bill presented by the government to combat illegal immigration, Youm7 reported.

The vote came in the parliament’s inaugural session during which parliament members voted on the 34-article bill.

The bill includes an article that imposes up to 5-year imprisonment and a fine, ranging from 50,000 EGP (about $6,000) to 200,000 EGP for human trafficking activities.

On late September, a migrant 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 200 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.


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