Egypt’s politics digest Oct. 29: Egypt elected member of the United Nations Human Rights Council; OIC Secretary-General apologizes to Sisi for mocking ‘refrigerator water’
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Egypt elected member of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Egypt was elected for a seat at the United Nations Human Rights Council for the term of 2016-2020, on Friday, announced Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid in a statement.

Egypt has won 173 out of 193 votes in the election took place at the United Nation General Assembly, Abu Zeid added, saying “Egypt’s membership of the Human Rights Council reflects the international appreciation for its political trajectory, as it moves ahead with steady steps towards the establishment of a modern state that upholds the values of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, despite the difficult regional situation and the challenges it imposes at the internal and regional levels.”

Also United States, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Hungary, Brazil, China, and Rwanda won seats at the council; however, Russian failed to obtain a membership.

OIC Secretary-General apologizes to Sisi for mocking ‘refrigerator water’

Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad Ameen Madani apologized after he mocked Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi over “refrigerator water” remarks.

In a statement issued on Friday, Madani said he “was joking and did not mean to insult” President Sisi.

During his visit to Tunisia to participate in the first Education Ministers Conference organized by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Madani mentioned Sisi’s name instead of Tunisian President Essebsi at the conference, saying “Sorry, President Essebsi ; it is a fatal mistake. I’m sure that your refrigerator has more water.”

His remarks bothered Egyptian government and social media users went anger, calling him to apologize.

On Wednesday, President Sisi said “my refrigerator has nothing except water for ten years,” as an indication that he lived on minimum amount of money, calling for the Egyptian to be patient and overcome the economic and currency crises his country suffers.

 

Egyptologist Hawas calls for writing off Toledo Museum over selling 68 artifacts

Egyptologist and former Minister of Antiquities, Zahi Hawas announced that he will send the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) a letter calling for writing off U.S. Toledo Museum from the list of World Museums over auctioning a total of 68 archeological artifacts at Christie House.

He also told Youm7 that he will send another letter to the U.S. Congress to impose sanctions on the museum over selling the Egyptian, Geek, Italian, Cypriot artifacts. Hawas noted that he will call Toledo schools to not send students to visit the museum.

Christie House opened two auctions (one is online) for the archeological pieces; they closed on Wednesday despite that Egypt and Cypriot governments asked suspending the auctions.

 

Cairo Court resumes trial of 213 Ansar Bayt al Maqdis members

A Cairo Criminal Court will resume on Saturday the trial of 213 defendants, allegedly belonging to Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis militant group that became the Islamic State affiliate in Egypt, over charges of committing 54 crimes, killing police personnel, and attempt to assassinate former Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim, Youm7 reported.

Following the ouster of Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013, there have been increased attacks on military and security personnel in the Sinai. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has claimed responsibility for many of these, including a February attack on a bus of tourists, killing three Koreans and an Egyptian driver, as well as an early April bombing outside Cairo University, killing a police officer and wounding other five.

 

Egypt, Jordan sign protocol over agriculture cooperation

Egyptian Agriculture Research center of the Ministry of Agriculture signed with Jordanian National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension a cooperation protocol to enhance the technical and scientific cooperation between both countries, according to a statement from the Egyptian Ministry on Friday.

Per the protocol, both sides to exchange experiences and scientific missions and to joint training courses, as well as agricultural research that contribute developing the agricultural scientific research.

 

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