UPDATE: Egypt’s political digest Oct. 19: Egypt to take part in Paris international meeting on Mosul
Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) gesture on the outskirt of Bartila east of Mosul during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari


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Egypt to take part in Paris international meeting on Mosul

Egypt will take part in an international ministerial meeting in Paris later this week to discuss ways to restore peace and stability to the Iraqi city of Mosul after Islamic State has been routed from its Iraqi stronghold, diplomatic sources told Youm7 Wednesday.

The consultative meetings will be chaired by French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim Jaafari. Ministers from over 20 countries will convene to discuss the protection of Iraqis, delivery of humanitarian assistance and work out a plan to normalize the situation in Mosul and its outskirts.

On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced the start of the military operation to retake Iraqi Mosul from the militants from Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.


Egyptian parliamentary delegation due in Geneva to take part in IPU meetings on human rights abuses

An Egyptian parliamentary delegation, headed by speaker Ali Abdel Al will participate in the 135th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU,) scheduled to be held in Geneva, Switzerland Oct. 24-27.

More than 700 lawmakers from 138 countries will convene in Geneva to discuss ways in which parliaments can respond effectively to serious human rights violations and their underlying causes, including human rights situations likely to lead to conflict.

More than 67 Speakers of Parliament and 41 Deputy Speakers will attend IPU’s 135th Assembly which marks the 40th anniversary of the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians, which works to protect or seek redress for MPs whose rights have been abused, and is currently investigating more than 450 cases around the world.


Egypt foils illegal migration attempts of 59 people into Libya

Egypt’s Armed Forces foiled an attempt by 59 people of different nationalities to cross into neighboring Libya through the western gate of Salloum City, Youm7 reported.

The arrested people include 15 Sudanese, Marsa Matrouh security chef Mokhtar al Sinbary told Youm7.

Despite the turmoil and growing militant groups including affiliates of the regional Islamic State (IS) group, Libya is an ideal destination for thousands of Egyptian workers.


Egypt opens Rafah crossing in both directions for 4 days

The Egyptian authorities on Wednesday opened the Rafah border crossing with Gaza Strip in both directions to permit the crossing of humanitarian cases, Youm7 reported.

The crossing would remain open for four days, sources at the crossing told Youm7.

The crossing was also opened on Saturday for two consecutive days to allow passage for humanitarian cases and “stranded people.”

The Palestinian Authority (PA) said in a statement Sunday that 783 Gazans were able to leave the coastal enclave via the crossing since it opened Saturday morning.

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.


Egypt’s court revokes death sentences against 15 brotherhood members

The Court of Cassation annulled on Wednesday death sentences of a total of 15 convicts, allegedly belong to the banned group of the Muslim Brotherhood, over charges of attempting to storm Giza’s Kerdasa police station in period July 3-5, 2013 after the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, Youm7 reported on Wednesday.


The court accepted the legal challenges filed by the convicts on Wednesday, ruled that a re-trial should be held before a different judicial penal. However, the court did not announce the legal grounds on which it accepted the challenges.

On April 20, 2015, a Cairo criminal court handed down death sentences against 15 defendants, who were present during the trial, and 13 others in absentia; a minor was sentenced to ten years in jail.Court, militants, Muslim, Brotherhood, security, official, quash, retrials, Reuters, rioting, murder,


Sisi forms supreme investment council to boost Egypt’s economy

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi on Tuesday issued a presidential decree to establish the Supreme Investment Council in a bid to attract investment needed to restore growth since the 2011 uprising, Youm7 reported.

The council will be tasked with following up on the implementation of investment plans, development of major economic projects and projects that partner with the private sector, Investment Minister Dalia Khorshid said.

According to the decree, the council is chaired by Sisi with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Central Bank of Egypt Governor Tarek Amer among its members.The decisions of the new council are binding on all ministries and public bodies.

Its board will meet every two months and the decisions will be made by voting with a majority.


FM, UN commissioner talk refugees and illegal migration issues

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with visiting United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi and discussed ways to develop a more humane and coordinated approach to address large movements of refugees and migrants, Youm7 reported.

The two sides also discussed During the meeting, Shoukry affirmed Egypt’s keenness on enhancing cooperation and consultation with all parties to discuss the rising numbers of refugees and challenges imposed on transit and receiving countries, foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement Wednesday.

The minister highlighted Egypt’s efforts to accommodate the refugees, especially those coming from Syria and help them integrate into society, Abu Zeid added.

Egypt has intervened in a number of migration attempts by hundreds of asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa, particularly from Egypt Syria, Iraq and Libya, via the Mediterranean Sea to Italy or Greece as gates for other European countries.

Up to 4,500 Egyptians have illegally migrated to Europe in 2015, Head of the International Organization for Migration IOM Egypt office Amr Taha was quoted by Youm7 Monday.

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