UPDATE – Egypt’s politics digest Oct. 24: Egypt offers condolences on death of ex-Qatari leader
Former Qatari Leader Emir Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani

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Egypt offers condolences on death of ex-Qatari leader

Egypt offered its condolences on the death of the former Qatari Leader Emir Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani who died aged 84, read a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The statement praised the deceased leader as have played an important role in the region and making unprecedented changes in the political and economic fields, besides his support to the Arab national security.


Stable Egypt is essential for Middle East stability: U.S Senior Advisor

Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State David Thorne said “A stable, secure and prosperous Egypt is essential for the stability of the entire Middle East”, in a tweet posted by the official account of the US Embassy in Cairo.

Another tweet quoted Thorne as saying he was thrilled by visiting Egypt and meeting President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, adding that “the U.S.-Egypt relationship is a historic partnership…I know it will continue. We are committed to it.”


Egypt’s court to consider Morsi’s challenge against 25-year prison sentence over espionage

Egypt’s Court of Cassation will consider the challenge filed by former Islamism President Mohamed Morsi against his sentence of life imprisonment over charges of espionage on Tuesday, Youm7 reported on Monday.

In June 2015, he was also sentenced to life in prison on charges of spying for Palestinian group Hamas, Lebanese group Hezbollah, and Iran. The same court also upheld a death sentence against Morsi over breaking out of jail during the 2011 uprising.

Two days ago, the Court of Cassation upheld a 20-year prison sentence against Morsi for inciting violence in “Presidential Palace Clashes” case, in which some protesters killed during demonstrations in 2012 outside the Presidential Palace.


Rafah border closes after seven-day opening 

Egypt closed Rafah border crossing, which connects it to the Gaza Strip, after seven-day opening from both directions on Monday, Youm7 reported.

Egypt extended the opening of Rafah crossing for one more day on Sunday; 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.


Sisi meets with U.S. trade delegation

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will meet with U.S. trade delegation, which includes representatives from 50 companies, on Monday, Youm7 reported.

The delegation is chaired ambassador David Thorne, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State Johan Kerry.

The delegation will take part in meetings jointly organized by the U.S. and Egyptian American Chambers of Commerce and Business Councils, from October 23-25, according to a statement from the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Sunday.

“The United States is committed to strengthening its long-term economic partnership with Egypt,” Ambassador Thorne said. “This business delegation is clear indication of U.S. private sector interest in Egypt and its future.”


Egypt’s Defense Minister, Spanish FM talk bilateral cooperation

Egyptian Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi met with Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García who paid Egypt a two day visit, during which he was seeking bilateral cooperation, Youm7 reported on Monday.

The Spanish Minister, who chaired a delegation Egypt, expressed his country’s keenness to support lasting bonds of cooperation and consultation in many positions and various issues of common interest.

He also expressed his country’s intention to open new channels with Egypt in various fields, as one of the most important Middle East countries.


Egypt’s FM calls for reforms in UN organization

Under the title of “On United Nations Day: Reform is Essential,” Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry wrote an article calls for conducting reform for the UN organization and its agencies.

“Agreement over the reform of the UN has proven to be challenging. Notwithstanding the many UN successes over the decades, today there are no serious doubts on the need to modernize the United Nations in order to deal with its tasks effectively,” he said.

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