UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Nov. 8: Administrative court upholds ruling annulling Tiran & Sanafir islands deal
An Egyptian Activist Holds A Sign That Reads "Egypt Is Not For Sale" During A Demonstration Protesting The Government's Decision To Transfer Two Red Sea Islands To Saudi Arabia, In Front Of The Press Syndicate In Cairo, Egypt, April 15, 2016. REUTERS.


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Administrative court upholds ruling annulling Tiran & Sanafir islands deal

The State Council’s Administrative Court rejected on Tuesday the Egyptian government’s motion to appeal a previous ruling that annulled a maritime demarcation deal that transfers the sovereignty of Tiran and Sanafir islands from Egypt to Saudi Arabia, Youm7 reported.

The court ruled that the government should abide by its previous verdict not to place the two islands in the Saudi territorial waters.

The final verdict on the government’s appeal will be announced on Dec. 5.

The deal over the islands of Tiran and Sanafir, which was signed in April, prompted public protests.

In June, the State Council ruled that the islands, strategically situated at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba, must remain under Egyptian sovereignty.

A day later, the State Lawsuits Authority, representing the government, has appealed the agreement-quashing ruling.

The accord was announced during a visit to Cairo by the Saudi king that coincided with the signing of aid agreements, which created the impression among many that the islands were sold. However, Egyptian authorities denied this.


Sisi, French senate speaker talk regional and domestic issues

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi on Tuesday received President of the Senate of France Gérard Larcher to discuss a number of regional and domestic issues, including joint anti-terrorism efforts, Youm7 reported.

During the meeting, Sisi praised the ongoing partnership between Egypt and France in all fields, stressing the importance to promote cooperation between parliaments of the two countries, presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef said in a statement.

Sisi and Larcher discussed views on recent events in the Middle East, including the ongoing crises in Syria, Libya, Iraq and Yemen, he added.

Larcher, who heads a delegation of five senates, arrived in Cairo Sunday and met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Egyptian parliament speaker Ali Abdel Aal.

France is Egypt’s ninth largest commercial partner, with trade between the two countries totaling $2.58 billion in 2015, according to the Egyptian State Information Service (SIS.)


Sisi asserts Egypt’s support for nomination of Khattab for UNESCO’s top post

President Abdel Fattah al Sisi has asserted Egypt’s full support for Ambassador Moshira Khattab, who is running the director general of UNESCO, Youm7 reported.

During a Tuesday meeting, Sisi said the ambassador’s nomination is a significant step for the interests of Egyptian people and that Egypt will support her in the elections, said presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef.

In July, Egypt decided to nominate former minister of family and population Moushira Khattab for the position. Khattab has started visiting top officials from UNESCO member states to secure their stances regarding her nomination.

Over the past few weeks, Khattab visited several European countries and met with several ministers and senior officials from Member States of the Executive Council of UNESCO in order to gain support before the elections, which will take place early 2017.

In statements to the media in July, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry revealed that African countries have agreed to support Khattab in her bid to become the next UNSECO Director General when Irina Bokova’s term ends next year.


Bomb found near Sinai school dismantled harmlessly

North Sinai forces managed to harmlessly dismantle an explosive device found near a primary school in central Arish City, Youm7 reported Tuesday.

Residents have reported seeing a “strange body” near Abu Bakr el-Seddiq School, and then forces were deployed to the site, evacuated the students and cordoned the school.


FM flies to Ethiopia for high-level meeting on Libya

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry departed Tuesday on an Ethiopia-bound flight to participate in a high-level meeting on Libya, Youm7 reported.

The joint meeting of the African commission will be attended by a group of Libya-neighboring countries.


Parliament committee meets foreign ambassadors to discuss bilateral cooperation

The Foreign Affairs committee at the parliament will be meeting Tuesday with foreign ambassadors to discuss bilateral issues and cooperation.

As part of his agenda Tuesday, Ahmed Saeed, the head of the parliamentary committee, said he will receive both ambassadors of Canada and Japan as part of a new strategy set by the committee aiming to communicate with a large number of foreign representatives on a daily basis.

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