Egypt’s political digest Nov. 16: Sisi signs decree to release dozens of imprisoned youth, invites Lebanese counterpart to visit Cairo
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Sisi signs decree to release dozens of imprisoned youth

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will sign a decree to pardon a group of imprisoned youth on Wednesday, Youm7 reported officials at the Presidency Office.

On Saturday, member of a governmental committee tasked to examine the youth inmates’ situations Mohamed Abdel-Azizi said that a group of people and youth detained over violating the protest law or over accusations of publishing false news will be released per a presidential pardon.

He told youm7 that the committee has filed a report includes all names of the first group of the youth who will be released to President Sisi.

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.

Sisi invites Lebanese counterpart to visit Egypt

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi invited the newly elected Lebanese President Michel Aoun to visit Egypt, Youm7 reported on Wednesday.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry left for Beirut Tuesday in a visit aiming to boost Egyptian-Lebanese relations. He delivered President Sisi’s invitation. Shoukry also met with assigned PM Saad el-Hariri.

Egypt condemns ratification of Israeli bill legalizes settlements in West Bank

Egypt condemned the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation of the Israeli government’s ratification of a bill allows legalizing Israeli settlements in the West Bank, said Egyptian Foreign Minitsry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid in a statement on Tuesday.

“pursuing the Israeli settlement activities, with a steady and systematic prompt pace, while taking steps to legalize them, reduces the chances of the success of the two-state solution, and undermines efforts to resume the peace process,” the statement read.

Ahmed Shafiq’s name lifted from travel watch list by court decision

A Cairo criminal Court ruled to lift 2012 Presidential Candidate Ahmed Shafiq’s name from travel watch list on Wednesday.

Shafiq, former Prime Minister, has been in the United Arab Emirates since he was defeated in the presidential elections in which former President Mohamed Morsi won.


Egypt opens Rafah border crossing in 3rd day in a raw

Egyptian authorities continued opening of the border crossing of Rafah with Palestine in the third day in a raw o Wednesday, Youm7 reported.

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi on Sunday has ordered the Rafah border crossing with Gaza Strip to be opened Nov. 14-18 in both directions, Youm7 reported.

The border crossing will primarily be opened to allow for the passage of stranded individuals and facilitate humanitarian aid.

It will be opened for the passage of stranded Palestinian students on Nov.17-18.

The crossing was partially opened Sunday to allow the passage of a 120-member Palestinian business delegation into Egypt in order to take part in an economic conference currently held at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Ain Sokhna.

Egypt, which also shares border with Gaza, has been imposing restrictions on opening the crossing with Gaza after the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.


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