UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Oct. 6: Egypt-Russia air travel “hopefully” to resume in 2016: official
The arrival hall is empty at the Sharm el-Sheikh Airport in south Sinai, Egypt. Monday Nov. 9. AP


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Egypt-Russia air travel “hopefully” to resume in 2016: official

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said he hopes direct flights to Egypt to resume by the end of 2016.

In a Thursday press conference, Dvorkovich said direct flights between the two countries will resume “after Cairo installs certain security systems previously discussed.”

Russia suspended flights to and from Egypt after an Airbus A321 plane flying to St. Petersburg crashed soon after taking off from Sharm al Sheikh on October 31, 2015 killing all 224 people aboard.

Russia said a bomb downed the plane while Cairo called for not jumping to assumptions before investigations are over.

Egyptian-Russian aviation security agreement is expected to be signed “in the coming period” within the framework of the developed road map, Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi said in a Thursday interview with CBC TV channel.


Egypt participates in UN secretary general vote

Egypt voted for former Portuguese Prime Minister António Guterres to succeed UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, state news agency MENA reported on Thursday.

In a secret ballot casted on Wednesday, all 15 members of the UN Security Council voted for Guterres, who was UN high commissioner for refugees for a decade, and that they would confirm the choice in a formal vote on Thursday.

Egypt’s permanent ambassador to the UN Amr Abu el Atta welcomed the selection and he looks forward to cooperating with Guterres in the upcoming period.

Egypt is one of 10 non-permanent members in the UN Security Council.


Sharm al Sheikh to host Arab Parl’t’s 1st session of new legislative term

The Arab Parliament will hold its first session of 2016-2017 first convention for the second legislative term on Tuesday in Egypt’s Red Sea resort city of Sharm el Sheikh, Youm7 reported.

The session will be preceded by the meetings of members of the parliament’s four permanent committees on Monday to discuss the second legislative term agenda.

Sharm El-Sheikh will also host a two-day celebration aimed to mark the 150 anniversary of parliamentary life in Egypt.


Egypt’s mistral-class warship arrives in Alexandria after participating in Cleopatra 2 maneuvers

Egypt’s second Mistral-class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) warship, Anwar al Sadat, arrived back home in Alexandria, after participating in the joint Egypt-France militarily maneuvers Cleopatra 2, Youm7 reported on Thursday.

The carrier is the second in a deal worth EUR 950 million signed last October with France to buy two Mistral helicopter carriers. Egypt received the first in June this year.

Egypt and France have signed about 30 agreements during the French president’s visit to Egypt in April.


Egypt’s armed forces stage naval, air parades in 43rd anniversary of October war victories

Egyptian armed forces will perform naval and air shows nationwide on Thursday marking, the 43rd anniversary of the October war, Youm7 reported.

Former generals and officers who participated in the 1973 Egyptian-Israeli war will be interviewed by state’s T.V.s to talk about heroism. Helicopters will hold a military parade at 2:30 p.m. in the skies of Cairo.

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.

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 denies support of Ethiopian opposition group  

Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid denied media reports claimed that Egypt backs Ethiopian opposition group of Oromo Liberation Front against the Egyptian government.

“Egypt firmly respects the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, particularly those that have great ties and relations with Egypt on the official and popular levels such as Ethiopia,” Abu Zeid added in a statement on Wednesday.

Turkish Anadolu Agency claimed on Wednesday that Egypt supports the opposition front against the government.

Since May 2011, relations between Cairo and Addis Ababa have strained over building a controversial Ethiopian dam on the Blue Nile; Egypt has voiced its concern that the dam could reduce the country’s annual share of more than 56 billion cubic meters of Nile water. Addis Ababa, however, has claimed that the dam is necessary for its development, and will not harm downstream countries.


Egypt’s gov’t human rights council not allowed to visit prison hospital

The Egyptian National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) members were not allowed to visit a prison hospital where some inmates reportedly suffer severe diseases, according to a statement from the NCHR on Wednesday.

During a visit to Torha prison, Egypt’s maximum security prison where political detainees spend their time, by the delegation that was chaired by the NCHR chairperson George Isaac, the delegation was unable to meet with certain inmates whose names were listed in the request of the visit, the statement said.

The prison authorities justified that the inmates were transported to the prison hospital where their have medical treatment.

When that delegation has asked to see the inmates in the hospital, the prison authorities rejected as there was no permission for the hospital visit, the statement continued. The delegation met with only one inmate, whose name was listed.

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