Serbia, Egypt speakers talk parliamentary cooperation

President of the Serbian National Assembly Maja Gojković received Egypt's counterpart Ali Abdel Aal - Courtesy of the Egyptian House of RepresentativesCAIRO - 17 October 2019: President of the Serbian National Assembly Maja Gojković received Egypt's counterpart Ali Abdel Aal, where they discussed strengthening parliamentary cooperation as well as coordination within the framework of the international meetings, Egyptian media quoted the ambassador to Serbia as saying.This came on the sidelines of the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) held in Serbia's Belgrade between October 11-17, Egyptian media reported on Thursday.The parliamentary cooperation with Syria has witnessed significant development since Abdel Aal's visit to Belgrade in July last year, Egyptian Ambassador Amr Aljowaily said.In April, Egypt’s ambassador in Belgrade, along with several Arab ambassadors, contributed in launching the first Serbian-Arab Friendship Day during a cultural ceremony in the National Library of Serbia.Abdel Aal in July, 2018, departed to Belgrade, upon an invitation from Gojković, to mark the 110th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.Gojković, in June, was also keen to visit Egypt to convey an invitation to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi from his Serbian counterpart to visit Belgrade. Gojković renewed the invitation during Abdel Aal's visit, the ambassador said.She also affirmed her country's support for Egypt's initiatives in multilateral relations, its legal rights with regard to natural resources, and expressed also appreciation for the Egyptian efforts to combat terrorism, which threatens the entire international community.

Source:Egypt Today

October 17, 2019 12:33 UTC


Lithuania hails Egypt's efforts to resolve crises in afflicted areas

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius expressed his country's appreciation for Egypt's constructive efforts - Courtesy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of LithuaniaCAIRO - 17 October 2019: Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius expressed his country's appreciation for Egypt's constructive efforts aiming at mediating and seeking political solutions in the conflict-affected areas, Egyptian media cited a statement by Lithuania's foreign ministry as saying.Linkevičius hailed the importance of strengthening the legal framework for cooperation between the two countries.This statement was issued following a meeting between Linkevičius and his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry on Wednesday in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, during which they discussed a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern.The two ministers discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the political and economic fields, according to the statement, and also reviewed the security and political situation in the Middle East and Africa region.The statement also referred to a memorandum of understanding that was signed to enhance cooperation in the agricultural field. Under the agreement, the two countries would adopt effective exchange of information, and share the best practices in the areas of phytosanitary (measures to control plant diseases), agricultural technology and food production.Shoukry, during the meeting, reiterated Egypt's rejection of the Turkish aggression in northern Syria, referring to its negative repercussions on the political settlement and the humanitarian situation in Syria, Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Source:Egypt Today

October 17, 2019 11:15 UTC


US envoy demands UN to renew arms embargo on Iran

A UN ban on weapons sales to Tehran will come to an end in October 2020. (AFP/File photo)CAIRO – 17 October 2019: US special envoy to Iran Brian Hook told a congressional hearing on US-Iran policy on Wednesday that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) must renew the Iranian arms embargo.Under the Iran nuclear deal, which the US pulled out of last year, a UN ban on weapons sales to Tehran will end in October 2020.“Countries like Russia and China will be able to sell conventional weapons to Iran,” Hook said. “The Iranian regime will also be free to sell weapons to anyone.“The moment Iran is allowed to buy advanced drones, missiles, tanks, and jets, it will do so. This will be a win for its proxies across the region, who will use such arms to then attack other nations on Iran’s behalf.”“Iran continues to threaten its neighbors with ballistic missiles, conducts criminal maritime activity in international waters, continues to unlawfully hold American citizens, and fuels dangerous proxy conflicts in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon,” he told the hearing.“It is my assessment that the maximum pressure campaign against Iran is working and can serve as the bridge to more meaningful negotiations,” Risch said.The hearing heard that since May of last year, over 30 rounds of sanctions have denied the regime of more than $25 billion in oil revenue.United States, according to Hook, is seeking a comprehensive deal to address the threats that Iran presents to international peace and security “including their nuclear and missile programs and its support to terror groups and proxies.”

Source:Egypt Today

October 17, 2019 10:18 UTC


Deadly Meningitis vaccination costs LE145, MoH denies MB rumors

The National Vaccination Center (VACSERA) has warned that Meningitis can easily spread through coughing and sneezing - Pixnio/Dr. Marshal Fox/USCDCPHow to protect yourself against Meningitis:CAIRO - 17 October 2019: The Egyptian Ministry of Health has affirmed that vaccinations for the Meningitis disease cost LE145 per vaccination and not LE1350 as falsely promoted by Muslim Brotherhood media.The ministry statement on Thursday also denied rumors regarding the spread of the virus across Egypt and affirmed health teams across Egypt are conducting periodic epidemiological scan and checking foreign citizens for deceases to prevent the spread of viruses and epidemics.The National Vaccination Center (VACSERA) has warned that Meningitis can easily spread through coughing and sneezing, as direct or indirect contact with an infected person increases your risk of getting the same virus.A statement by the center has said the virus can also be transmitted through food or using the same utensils as the infected person.The average incubation period is four days, but can range between two and 10 days.The most common symptoms are a stiff neck, high fever, sensitivity to light, confusion, headaches and vomiting.Meningococcal disease is potentially fatal and should always be viewed as a medical emergency. Admission to a hospital or health center is necessary.The largest concentration of meningococcal disease is in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4,100 cases of bacterial meningitis are reported each year in the United States.• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with warm water and soap.• Wash your hands before eating, after using the toilet, after changing a diaper, or after tending to someone who is ill.• Do not share eating utensils, straws, or plates.• Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.• Stay up to date with immunizations and booster shots for meningitis.• Ask your doctor about immunizations before traveling to countries with higher rates of meningitis.

Source:Egypt Today

October 17, 2019 10:07 UTC


Egyptian Football team start Military World Cup with a 0-0 draw against Greece

Egyptian Military team - FILECAIRO - 17 October 2019:The Military Football Team drew 0-0 with Greece in their opening match at the Military World Cup in China from Oct. 16 to 29. The match kicked off at 05:00 AM CLT amid heavy rain in Wuhan, China.Egypt’s Brazilian coach, Farias, started the game with a team consisting of "Mohamed Shaaban, Ahmed Alaa, Ali El-Fil, Islam Serry, Assem Salah, Mohannad Lasheen, Amr El-Sisi, Ahmed Samir, Abou El-Magd Boucha, Karim Tarek and Amr Gamal. "Farias has pushed three changes: Abdel Rahman Zola instead of Islam Serri, Karim Mamdouh instead of Karim Tarek and Ahmed Kaboria instead of Amr El Sisi.The Brazilian Sergio Farias, announced the list of the team that will participate in the military World Cup and the list included 21 players are: "Mohamed Bassam, Mohamed Shaaban, Ali Mohab, Ahmed Sami, Ahmed Alaa, Mohamed Abou El Magd Boucha, Islam Serry, Assem Salah, Mohamed Nasif, Mahmoud Sami, Amr Sisi, Ahmed Caboria, MuhannadLashin and Ahmed Daouda, Ahmed Abdel Rahman Zola, Ahmed Samir, Karim Tarek, Mamdouh Khaled Abdel Meguid, Hussam Paulo, Amr Gamal and Mohamed Shehata.The technical and coaching staff of the Egyptian military team in the tournament include: Brigadier General Ahmed Fouad El Mahdy Director of the football, Sergio Farias technical coach, El Sayed Swerki goalkeeper coach, Stefano Mpakbazu load scheme, Mahmoud Abdel Ghani translator, Yousra Irfan administrative manager, Mohamed Mokhtar director of players affairs , Mohamed Abdel Rahman Doctor, Mohamed Adel Hakam, Tahseen Abu Sadat Hakam.

Source:Egypt Today

October 17, 2019 09:00 UTC


EFA sets Al Salam, Cairo stadium for Al Ahly and Zamalek matches

Al Ahly vs Zamalek - FILECAIRO - 17 October 2019: EFA officials confirmed that Cairo and Salam stadium will host the upcoming matches of Al Ahly and Zamalek, whether in the league, African championships or the Egyptian Cup, after the end of the African Youth Championship, as the security refused to hold matches of either team at the stadiums of Petrosport, the Military College, Al Mokawlon stadiums.The Football Association issued an official statement to clarify the reason for the changes of some of the stadiums, which read as follows:"The Egyptian Football Association confirms its commitment to the dates set by it for the matches of the Premier League and the necessity for the first competition in Egypt to have punctual and well-known dates at the beginning and closing. "The Egyptian Football Association has set a date for the start of the league on September 21, while the end of the league will be at May until the confirmation of CAF for the dates of their tournaments.The Egyptian Association would like to point out that any changes made to the stadiums specified in the table came at the request of the security authorities.This important clarification on the part of the Egyptian Football Federation to emphasize the need for concerted efforts of the elements of the game each in order to come up with the league competition in a way that befits the Egyptian football and its great position.

Source:Egypt Today

October 17, 2019 08:48 UTC


Net foreign transactions on EGX hit LE 21 billion: Farid

EGX - ReutersCAIRO – 17 October 2019: Net transactions of non-Egyptians in securities reached almost LE 21 billion up from not more than LE 3 billion on the stock exchange, which confirms the success of Egypt’s reform plan, according to Chairman of the Egyptian Stock Exchange (EGX) Mohamed Farid.Farid added Wednesday that the economic reform witnessed in Egypt is one of the boldest reform plans that dealt with the causes of the budget deficit, issuing the new investment law and improving the economic environment as well as the management of state assets.This came during the session “Investing in financial instruments”, held within the activities of the second day of “Egypt Can” conference.Farid said that the State has carried out rapid remedies to ease the burden on some social classes, enabling them to face the repercussions of the reform process, stressing that it was necessary to search for sources of funding for the success of these programs.He pointed out that the stock market has witnessed diversification in various fields, which also confirms the confidence of the foreign investor in the Egyptian investment climate and market.Farid noted that the process of encoding the investor also contributed to the revival of the stock market, pointing out that the stock exchange is one of the State's most important tools to revitalize investments in Egypt and allow different classes to trade and make profits.Farid explained that most small projects are not registered in the stock market because of its legal status and the owners'desire to stay without development, noting that the volatility in the stock market is not negative, but represents investment opportunities and gains for participants.

Source:Egypt Today

October 17, 2019 08:37 UTC


PM says Cabinet may offer US companies investment incentives

Egypt's Prime Minister met with Wilbur Ross, US Secretary of Commerce, during his visit to Washington - Courtesy of the Egyptian CabinetCAIRO - 16 October 2019: Egypt's Prime Minister met with Wilbur Ross, US Secretary of Commerce, during his visit to Washington, where he affirmed the Cabinet's readiness to study offering possible investment incentives with the aim of attracting the US companies.Mostafa Madbouli expressed hope to receive a delegation of US officials in Cairo, to closely review the suggested fields of cooperation between the two countries, according to official statements.The meeting was attended by Egyptian ministers of investment and international cooperation, finance, trade and industry, as well as Egypt's ambassador to Washington.During the meeting, the two sides reviewed aspects of trade relations between Egypt and the US, and areas of cooperation that can be strengthened during the coming period.Ross was briefed by the finance minister on the amendments to the customs law, and the government's efforts to automate customs services to facilitate and speed up relevant procedures.He also listened to an explanation from the Minister of trade on the proposed cooperation in the coming period, especially in the field of automotive industry and the transfer of US technology to Egypt.The volume of trade exchange between Egypt and the US increased within the first seven months of 2019 to reach $5.35 billion in comparison to $4.47 billion in the same period in 2018, state's news agency MENA cited Egyptian Commercial Service (ECS) as saying in September.The deficit between Egypt and the US decreased by 8.7 percent within the same period.The total value of Egypt exports to the US increased by 37.5 percent from January to July in 2019 reaching $1.9 billion, according to the ECS.The Egyptian petroleum exports to the US increased to $662.9 million from January to July, the statement said.The Egyptian imports from the US reached $3.46 billion in 2019 in comparison to $3.09 billion in the same period in 2018 with an increase of 11.8 percent, the statement added.

Source:Egypt Today

October 17, 2019 08:15 UTC


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