UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Oct. 9: Egypt’s Int’l cooperation min., Swiss economy min. discuss demining project
Casspir Armored Vehicle Against Mine Explosions, Equipped With A “Mine Lab” Device For Detecting Mines To A Depth Of About One Meter, Was Delivered To Egypt In 2011. Egypt Mine Action Facebook Page


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Egypt’s Int’l cooperation min., Swiss economy min. discuss demining project funds

Egypt, Switzerland discuss mines clearance project

International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr met with Swiss Economy Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann on Sunday to discuss funding Egypt’s project to eliminate landmines laid throughout the country, Youm7 reported.

The meeting comes on the sidelines of the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank groups currently held in Washington D.C.

Nasr asserted that Switzerland was really interested in supporting Egypt in the land mines clearance project as well as sustainable development plans that would pave the way for providing job opportunities for youth.

Millions of landmines were planted by the Allied Forces during World War II in some parts of the western desert and others were planted in the eastern desert during wars between Egypt and Israel.

Out of a total of about 110 million landmines planted around the world, Egypt has 23 million; representing 20 percent of the total number of landmines, according to the Egyptian State Information Service (SIS.)

Over the past 25 years, about 7,923 people were killed by landmines, including 3,200 dead and 4,723 injured, according to local and international statistics.


Sisi to take part in Sudan national dialogue general conference

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi will take part in the Sudan’s National Dialogue General Conference, scheduled to conclude on Monday in Khartoum, presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef said in a statement on Sunday.

Sisi’s participation comes within the framework of the “historical relationship between the two countries and the two brotherly peoples,” said Youssef.

Sisi’s participation comes in response to invitation by Sudanese President Omar al Bashir, he added.

The six subcommittees of the conference have discussed for more than four months main issues representing higher strategic interests of the Sudan including the ruling system, the identity, the freedoms and rights, the national economy and foreign relations. The subcommittees have concluded their work and submitted their recommendations last February.


Sisi asserts full support for Iraq’s sovereignty

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri on Sunday on the sidelines of the celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the commencement of the Egyptian parliamentary life currently held in Sharm al Sheikh, Youm7 reported.

The two sides discussed latest security developments in Iraq and the Iraqi government’s preparations to liberate the city of Mosul, said presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef.

During the meeting, Sisi asserted Egypt’s full support for the unity and sovereignty of Iraq stressing Egypt’s keenness to eliminate terrorism and restore stability, he added.


Egypt, JICA signs MoU on technical education

Egypt’s Education Ministry signed a memorandum of understanding with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on developing Egypt’s technical education, Youm7 reported on Sunday.

The MoU includes the establishment of three technical education schools in Egypt’s governorates of Port Said and Menoufia to be funded by JICA.

The signing ceremony was attended by Egypt’s Deputy Minister of Education and Technical Education Ahmed al Geyoushi.

The MoU comes in accordance with President Abdel Fatah al Sisi’s directives to expand Japanese-style education methods in Egyptian schools, said Geyoushi.

During his visit to Japan in late February, Sisi witnessed the signing of three memorandums of understanding (MOU) between both countries. Under the agreements Japan will provide Egypt with a soft loan and will also help to expand the use of Japanese-style education methods in Egyptian schools.


Sisi: 2014 constitution guaranteed wide powers to parliament

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said that the 2014 constitution has provided the parliament with wide powers besides, during a ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the Egyptian Parliament.

Sisi congratulated people and members of parliament, assuring the maturity of the political experience.


Egypt votes for 2 resolutions supporting Syria truce at UN Security Council 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement saying that Egypt has voted in favor of two draft resolutions at the UN Security Council aiming to reach truce in Syria, especially in the city of Aleppo.

The first resolution was passed by France and Spain, while the second one was submitted by Russia.


Illicit Gain to release report on Mubarak’s assets soon

Illicit Gain Authority experts are close to release a final report on evaluation of ex-President Hosni Mubarak an his two sons, Youm7 quoted judicial sources.

The report evaluates the ex-ruling family’s assets including: stocks, bourse bonds, companies and money.

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