UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Oct. 5: Jordanian official rejects claims of hepatitis A virus in Egypt’s agricultural imports
An Egyptian fruits seller is seen at a market in Cairo, Egypt May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany


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Jordanian official rejects claims of hepatitis A virus in Egypt’s agricultural imports

Egypt’s agricultural imports to Jordan Media reports about Egyptian agricultural products groundless — Jordanian official

Media reports about Egyptian agricultural products on Jordanian markets are “baseless and bare of truth,” Jordanian Agriculture Ministry Spokesman Nemr Haddaden was quoted by Youm7 on Wednesday.

The remarks came during a joint press conference with the Egyptian Ambassador to Amman Tarek Adel.

The conference was held to reject media reports claiming some of Egypt’s agricultural exports to Jordan are contaminated with Hepatitis A.

“All tests conducted by the concerned Jordanian authorities indicated the safety of all Jordan’s agricultural imports from Egypt,” said Haddaden.

He pointed out that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not issued any decisions imposing a ban on Egyptian exports of agricultural and food products.


Egypt’s UNESCO candidate visits France, meets with senior officials 

Moshira Khattab visits France, meets with senior officials over UNESCO

Ambassador Moshira Khattab, Egypt’s nominee for the UNESCO Director-General post headed to Paris on Wednesday in an official visit where she is set to meet with a number of French officials, Youm7 reported.

The visit comes as part of Khattab’s European tour to gain support before the elections, which will take place early 2017, Ambassador Nihad Abdel Latif, the campaign’s manager told Youm7.

Over the past few weeks, Khattab visited several European countries and met with several ministers and senior officials from Member States of the Executive Council of UNESCO, who welcomed the nomination, said Abdel Latif.

In statements to the media in July, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry revealed that African countries have agreed to support Khattab in her bid to become the next UNSECO Director General when Irina Bokova’s term ends next year.


Sisi witnesses army celebrations on anniversary of October war victory

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi on Wednesday attended a military parade of the 6th armored division of the Second Field Army on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of the 6 October War victory, Youm7 reported.

Sisi was accompanied by visiting Sudanese President Omar al Bashir. The two leaders also went on an inspection tour of arms and equipment of the Second Field Army in Ismailia.


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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