Egypt’s politics digest Nov. 18: FM says U.S. never “pressured” Egypt to reinstate MB into political scene
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry - YOUM7

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Families flock to prison complex to receive pardoned relatives

Families of pardoned prisoners flocked into Torah prison area to receive their relatives, Youm7 reported.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi pardoned 82 prisoners, mostly university students jailed for protesting. Among the pardoned was TV presenter Islam Behery who was jailed over accusations of blasphemy.

The figure is believed to be the first batch of a group of prisoners that Sisi promised to release.

Last month, he also promised to amend the 2013 Protest law, per which many activists and students have landed behind bars since 2013 over orchestrating unlicensed demonstrations.


U.S. never pressured Egypt to return MB to political scene: FM

Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry said that the “U.S. administration led by the outgoing President Barack Obama has not pressured on Egypt to bring back the Brotherhood to the political scene,” he said in TV interview.

Shoukry added that Egypt-U.S. talks had only tackled speeding pace of political and social reform and the integration of different political representatives “and never crossed the red lines.”


24 falcons were seized with Bahrain-bound passenger

A total of 24 falcons prohibited procession were seized with a Bahrain-bound passenger at Cairo Airport, Youm7 reported.

The passenger hid the falcons, worth 6 million EGP, in his luggage in attempt to smuggle them to Bahrain. But the birds were discovered while customs department were inspecting his bags.

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