Update Egypt’s Political Digest Nov. 3:Assistant FM, US special envoy discuss Libya
U.S. Special Envoy for Libya Jonathan Winer

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Assistant FM, US special envoy discuss Libya

Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab Affairs Tarek al Qouny met with U.S. Special Envoy for Libya Jonathan Winer in Cairo Thursday for talks on the latest developments in the oil-rich Arab state, Youm7 reported, citing a statement from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.

The U.S. diplomat expressed the interest to meet regularly with Egyptian officials to coordinate efforts on Libya. Winer is also scheduled to meet other Egyptian officials and Libyan figures, the statement read.

For his part, Al-Qony said Egypt looks forward to achieving security and stability in Libya, considering the historical ties between both neighbors.

Libya, currently run by two parliaments and two governments in its east and west, has been suffering from conflicts since the downfall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi five years ago.

 

Pro-MB killed, 4 policemen injured in Cairo shootout: interior ministry

A man, allegedly belong to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group was killed in a fire exchange with security forces in Cairo’s northern district of al Salam, the interior ministry announced in a statement Thursday.

The shootout occurred after security forces raided the apartment where the MB member was hiding, said the statement, adding that weapons and explosive devices were seized at the apartment.

Four police officers were injured in the shootout, the statement added.

Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in militancy since the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then.

 

Sisi to visit Portugal soon: FM

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi will pay an official visit to Portugal soon, state news agency MENA reported, citing remarks from Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Wednesday.

The remarks come during a press conference held following Shoukry’s talks with Azerbaijani Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov, who visited Cairo on Wednesday.

The move comes as part of Egypt’s policy to contact all partners to solve regional crises, he added.

In June, Portuguese foreign minister Augusto Santos Silva met with Shoukry in Cairo and delivered a message from Portuguese president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa inviting Sisi to visit Portugal.

In statements to MENA, Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva said Sisi’s visit to Portugal will be a turning point in the Egyptian-Portuguese relations and will open the way to foster cooperation.

 

Mubarak’s retrial over killing 2011 protesters will be held in Police Academy

Egyptian Ministry of Justice approved to hold former President Hosni Mubarak’s re-trial over killing the 2011 peaceful protesters to the headquarters of the Police Academy rather than the headquarters of the Court of Cassation, Youm7 reported on Thursday.

The place has been changed as Mubarak would be transported to the Court of Cassation headquarters in downtown due to security measures.

On Nov. 29, 2014, Mubarak, along with his former minister of Interior Habib al-Adly and his six police aides, were acquitted of killing the protesters during the 2011 uprising; In June, a challenge against the acquittal was accepted and set the retrial for Nov. 5., 2015.

 

203 prisoners to be released

A total of 203 prisoners would be released per a presidential pardon on the occasion of the October War Victory, after Prison Sector Committee reviewed the prisoners’ conditions, Youm7 reported on Thursday. Only 94 inmates will be released under certain conditions.

Similar pardon decisions have been issued following g a decree issued by Sisi in January 2015 allowing him to release prisoners who served half their jail terms, on the condition that their offences do not include violence or attacking public or police properties.

 

Sisi invited to attend 4th African-Arab summit in Equatorial Guinea

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has received an invitation on Thursday to attend the Fourth African-Arab Summit due to be held in November in Equatorial Guinea, Egyptian Presidential Spokesperson Alaa Youssef said in a statement

Sisi met with Equatorial Guinea Vice-President Teodoro Nguema, who delivered him the invitation, on Thursday, and discussed the bilateral relations, the statement added.

 

Shoukry will meet with Member of the Libyan Presidential Council

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will meet with Fathi Al-Mijabri, Member of the Presidential Council on Thursday at the headquarters of the Cairo-based Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said a statement from the ministry.

Both sides will discuss the security and military situations in Libya’s Tripoli, after the armed clashes among brigades in the western parts; they also the outcomes of London-held meetings on the Libyan economic crisis.

 

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