Egypt’s political digest Nov. 1: Saudi secretary-general of Organization of Islamic Cooperation resigns
Yusuf al-Othaimeen, former ٍSaudi Minister of Social Affairs

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Saudi secretary-general of Organization of Islamic Cooperation resigns

(Reuters)- The Saudi secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) resigned on Monday for health reasons, according to a statement from the organization.

Iyad Madani, 70, had held the post since 2012. A statement by the IOC said Saudi Arabia had nominated Yusuf al-Othaimeen, a former minister of social affairs, as his replacement.

The resignation comes two days after Egypt’s foreign minister condemned remarks by Madani that appeared to mock Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

In a statement late on Monday, Egypt’s foreign ministry welcomed Saudi’s nomination of Othaimeen. It said it would back him in “recognition of the important role played by Saudi Arabia in support of the activities and objectives of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation”.

Madani had told Tunisia’s president last week “I am sure your fridge has more than water”, an apparent jibe at Sisi, who told a youth conference in October that for a decade his fridge contained nothing but water, seen as a message to Egyptians to bear harsh economic conditions.

Egypt said after the incident that it would be “reviewing its position toward the secretariat of the organization”.

Madani said his remarks “were only based on a sense of humor and were by no means intended to be offensive to the Egyptian leadership”, according to the English-language Saudi daily Arab News.

The OIC has 57 member states and aims “to safeguard the interests of the Muslim world” and preserve Islamic social and economic values, according to its website.

In 2012 the IOC suspended Syria’s membership on the grounds of President Bashar al-Assad’s suppression of the Syrian revolt.


Czech did not issue travel alert for Egypt: ambassador

Czech ambassador to Egypt Veronika Ruchynova Smigolova denied media reports claiming that her country has issued a travel alert to its citizens for Egypt, the Egyptian state-owned news agency MENA reported on Tuesday.

A total of 11,000 Czech’s tourists have visited the Red Sea in September, She added in a ceremony celebrates  the National Day of the Czech Republic, noting that Czech will host an exhibition about the Egyptian history in 2019.


Sisi meets with Arab Organization for Tourism head

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will meet with head of the Arab Organization for Tourism Dr. Bandar Bin Fahd Al Fuhaid on Tuesday, Youm7 reported.

The meeting will be attended by Egyptian Minister of Tourism Yehia Rashad at Cairo-based Presidential Palace of Ittihadyia.

Al Fuhaid participated in the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Executive Council’s 104th session that kicked off in Upper Egypt’s Luxor on Monday.


Egypt’s FM meets with Germany’s National Security Advisor

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will meet with Germany’s National Security Advisor Christoph Heusgen in Cairo on Tuesday, discussing the bilateral of the mutual concern, Youm7 reported on Monday evening.

On Nov. 10, Shoukry will also meet with Tunisian Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohamed Ennaceur to talk the bilateral relations and international and regional issues, Tunisian Press agency reported on Monday.


13 Egyptian fishermen deported back home from Tunisia

A total of 13 Egyptian fishermen have been deported back home from Tunisia after being detained over entering illegally the Tunisian territorial water, MENA reported Egyptian ambassador to Tunis Nabeel Habashi on Tuesday.

However, three other fishermen, who were on board of the Egyptian boat, are still being detained pending investigations.

The ambassador met on Monday with the Speaker of the Tunisian House of Representatives Mohamed Ennaceur, discussing the ways of enhancing the economic relations, stated Tunisian press agency.

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