UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Oct. 13: Saudi oil shipment halt, Egypt’s vote for UNSC draft resolution on Syria “unconnected”: Sisi
Sisi Delivering a speech at the 23rd educational seminar marking the 43rd anniversary of 6 October War victory,
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Saudi oil shipment halt, Egypt’s vote for UNSC draft resolution on Syria “unconnected”: Sisi

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi said the Saudi Arabia’s Aramco recent decision to halt oil shipments to Egypt is not related to Egypt’s vote in favor of resolution drafted by Russia on Syria, Youm7 reported.

Delivering a speech at the 23rd educational seminar marking the 43rd anniversary of 6 October War victory, Sisi said that “Nobody can drive a wedge or cause a political rift between Egypt and Saudi Arabia as Egypt has an independent policy based on Arab national security.”

Sisi added that the oil shipments come as part of a commercial agreement signed in April and “we do not know the situation of the company but will take the appropriate response.”

Saudi Arabia heavily slammed Egypt’s vote in favor of two different resolutions regarding the peace process in Syria at the UN Security Council on Saturday.

Following Egypt’s vote, the Ministry of Petroleum said that the Saudi oil company Aramco has suspended its oil aid to Egypt, adding that five-year agreement is still in effect.

On Wednesday, Saudi ambassador to Cairo Ahmad Al-Qattan has left Egypt returning back home for three days during which he will review the Egyptian-Saudi relation development, particularly after the relations see a difference over Syria, Youm7 reported.

During the educational seminar, Sisi also denied plotting against Ethiopian government.

“Egypt is not conspiring against Ethiopia nor is it supporting the Ethiopian armed opposition,” Sisi said.

The remarks come a day after Ethiopia accused elements in Eritrea, Egypt and other states of arming, training and funding groups that it blames for a wave of protests and violence that led the country to declare a state of emergency.

Sisi asserted Egypt’s constant stance against interfering in other countries’ internal affairs.

 

Egypt to open Rafah border crossing Oct.15-16

Egypt will open the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip, allowing for a two-way flow of people and goods on Saturday Oct.15 and Sunday Oct.16, Youm7 reported Thursday.

The crossing will reopen again also in both directions as of Oct. 19 for a period of four days to allow the passage of stranded people and humanitarian cases.

Rafah is the only major border crossing into Gaza Strip that does not go through Israel, which also blockades the territory.

It was closed after Islamist militants in Sinai killed 33 security personnel in October 2013.

 

Head of parl’t’s foreign affairs committee calls on Germany to support Khattab for UNESCO chief post

Head of the parliament’s foreign affairs committee Mohamed el Orabi called on the German Foreign Ministry to support Egyptian candidate Mushira Khattab to the post of UNESCO Director-General.

The remarks came during Orabi’s meeting with a delegation from the German Embassy in Cairo.

The delegation promised to consider supporting Khattab for the UNESCO post.

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 in order to gain support before the elections, which will take place early 2017.

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.

 

Egypt FM, US Sec. of State discuss regional developments

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discussed on Wednesday over the phone with US Secretary of State John Kerry developments in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and efforts in combating terrorism, the Egyptian foreign ministry announced in a statement Thursday.

During the phone call, Shoukry expressed Egypt’s keenness to respect Iraq’s sovereignty and safety, said foreign ministry spokesman Ahmad Abu Zaid.

The two sides also tackled developments in Syria and the outcome of the recent voting in UN Security Council, Abu Zaid added.

 

Saudi ambassador leaves Cairo to Riyadh after relations tensed

Saudi ambassador to Cairo Ahmad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Qattan has left Egypt returning back home for three days during which he will review the Egyptian-Saudi relation development, particularly after the relations see a difference over Syria.

Officials at the Cairo International Airport told Youm7 that the ambassador travelled on board of Saudi airline’s flight #310 to Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia’s Aramco announced that it halted oil production supply to Egypt for October, after Egypt has voted for two resolution drafted by Russia and France on Syria, the matter bothered Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, the Cairo International Airport received two notification from Saudi Abarai about cancelling five flights from Jeddah and Ta’if due to the low number of passengers and the continuation of the Saudi-Led alliance forces’ shelling on Yemen’s Houthis, the shiite group backed by Iran.

 

Attorney General receives family petitions to release detained students pending probes

Egypt’s Attorney General Nabil Sadeq has received petitions from relatives of imprisoned students, who face accusations of inciting violence in universities over the past two years, to release them pending investigations in order to they could attend their education sessions, Youm7 reported on Thursday.

Hundreds of students were arrested over accusations of inciting violence, riots and burning state’s properties during protests following the dispersal of pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins of Rabaa and Nahda squares. There is no official figure on who many students are being jailed.

 

Shoukry, Iraqi counterpart talk counter-terrorism efforts

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry made a phone call with his Iraq counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari, discussing the international counter-terrorism efforts on Tuesday evening, said Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid in a brief statement on Wednesday.

The both sides also tackled the mutual cooperation, according to the statement with going into further details.

In early July, Shoukry met Al-Jaafari for reviewing latest developments in regional and international issues of mutual interest. During the meeting, Shoukry congratulated Jaafari on the Iraqi security forces efforts to regain al Fallujah from the grip of Islamic States militants.

 

Egyptians call for protests on Nov. 11 against current regime

Social media users called on Egyptians to take into streets on Nov. 11 to protest the current regime, calling event as “The Revolution of the Poor”.

The Ministry of Education is in full cooperation with Ministry of Interior to secure all educational institutions in anticipation of any possible protests at that day, Youm7 reported an official at the Ministry of Education.

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