Egypt’s politics digest Oct. 11: Sisi, Anastasiades, Tsipras hold tripartite cooperative meeting
President Abdel Fatah al Sisi. Youm7 archive.

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Sisi, Anastasiades, Tsipras hold tripartite cooperative meeting

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will held a press conference with his Cyprus’s counterpart Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Cairo on Tuesday after holding a tripartite meeting for enhancing the relations, acoording to a statement from the Egyptian Presidency on Monday evening.

Egypt has strengthened its relations with many European Union countries, especially after most of them expressed their opposition to the ouster of the former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 by the military.Alexis Tsipras,

Egypt signed an agreement with Cyprus on Dec. 12, 2013 over the development of hydrocarbon reserves along the maritime border between both countries in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The zone is a maritime territory over which a state has special rights of the exploration and use of its resources; Cyprus has signed agreements between Egypt, Lebanon and Israel to use and explore the area.

Former interim President Adly Mansour signed in 2013 an agreement with Cyprus over gas industry cooperation.


Egypt conducts high-level communications with Ethiopia over ‘support to Oromo claims’

Egypt is conducting high-level communication with the Ethiopian side to maintain the bilateral cooperation and interest between two countries after Ethiopia claimed that Cairo is supporting the Ethiopian opposition group of Oromo.

“The Spokesperson urged vigilance against any attempts to harm the brotherly relations between Egypt and Ethiopia on the governmental and popular levels. He further added that the ongoing communications between Egypt and Ethiopia reflected their mutual recognition of the special nature of the relations between both countries and their shared interests and destiny, “ said Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid in a statement on Monday.


Court considers case calls relinquishing authority of Homeland Security Prosecution

Administrative Judicial Court will resume considering a lawsuit calls for relinquish the authority of the State’s Security Prosecution to consider the crimes relate with the security of the state and to refer such authority to the General Prosecution mandatory on Tuesday, Youm7 reported.

State Security Investigations Service was dissolved in March 2011, after its headquarters was stormed by protesters. Former Minister of Interior Mansour al-Esawy said it would be replaced with Homeland Security which would seek to “combat terrorism.”


Muslim Brotherhood leader handed down conditional release

A Cairo criminal court has handed down a conditional release to former Minister of Manpower Khaled al-Azhari during the era of the former Preisdent Mohamed Morsi, Youm7 reported on Monday.

Al-Azhari has been charged with involvement in burning Giza Municipal body following the dispersal of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins of  Rabaa and Nahda on August 14, 2013.

Thus, the number of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood leaders who were released per a court ruling raised to nine persons.


Controversy among writers after Israeli ambassador’s attendance in Lila Min Alf Lila We Lila show

A controversy raised among Egyptian writers over the Israeli ambassador to Cairo David Govrin’s visit to a theater show of Lila Min Alf Lila We Lila.

Egyptian writer Youssef al-Qaid has called for boycotting the show over the visit. However, other intellectuals and critics see the boycott is “a political act contradicts with the culture.”

Great novelist Saeed al-Kafrawi said that anyone has right to attend and see an art show. Meanwhile, Poet Ibrahim Abu Senna said that call for boycotting the show is “absurd.”

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