Egypt’s politics digest Oct. 23: Egypt extends opening of Rafah border for another day
A Palestinian boy waits for relatives to return into Gaza after Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah border crossing on Saturday for two days for humanitarian cases, in the southern Gaza Strip September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

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Egypt extends opening of Rafah border another day

Egypt has extended the opening of Rafah border crossing, which connects it to the Gaza Strip, for one more day, Youm7 reported.

The border was set to be opened for only six days. Over the past days, it received travelers from both directions, including humanitarian cases, patients, students and Palestinian returnees.

A source told Youm7 that Saturday witnessed the crossing of 801 travelers into the Egyptian side, while 136 others traveled to Gaza.


Egypt-Gulf coordination in full swing: Ambassador

The Egyptian Ambassador to Kuwait Yasser Atef said that Egypt-Gulf coordination is at its highest levels, in statements to “Al Anbaa” Kuwaiti newspaper.

He added that Egypt is keen on the independence of its decision “so no one imagines they can impose on us a certain agenda or vision for the future of the region.”

Atef’s remarks come amid suggestions of a deep rift between Egypt and Saudi Arabia after the first voted in favor of a Russian resolution on Syria in the United Nations Security Council.

Suggestions of a political rift escalated as the Kingdom announced halting fuel aid for October to its strongest Arab ally Egypt.


Jordan’s Ambassador to Cairo leaves after assignment term ended

Jordanian Ambassador Beshr Hany has left Egypt, heading back to Amman after his assignment term as an ambassador to Cairo ended.

Hany was also the permanent representative of his country to the Arab League.


MP praises NGO law as to fight foreign funding of terrorist groups

Member of Parliament Suzy Nashed said that the NGO draft law is important as it combats foreign funding of terrorist groups, in statements to Youm7.

The draft law passed by the cabinet on Thursday, and was referred to specialized legislative committees at the parliament.

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