Qatar is a new branch of Israel: Mansour

The flag of Israel – File PhotoCAIRO – 14 December 2017: Retired Egyptian general Mahmoud Mansour, one of the founders of the Qatari intelligence bureau, said Wednesday: "the relation between Qatar and Israel has to be exposed. "In an interview with Tamer Amin on the Al-Hayat channel, Mansour said that what was said about Qatar’s regime having Zionist or Israeli or Jewish roots was confirmed over the last 20 years.Speaking about Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser, chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), Mansour claimed that she has Judaized Arab people socially. "Counting Qatar’s population today, you would find that the percentage of Arab people in Qatar is less than 40 percent," Mansour stated.Describing former Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim as "a devil," Mansour said that bin Jassim was employed and paid by the U.S. Intelligence Community.Mansour also charged Qatar of funding Israeli combatants with about $2 million dollars. "Today, we are facing a new branch of Israel in the Eastern Arab World," Mansour added.In an interview with Al-Arabiya in November, former Al-Qaeda organization member Ayman Dein described the Qatari policy as full of contradictions; supporting Islamist groups while establishing relations with Israel, and supporting Sunni groups while establishing relations with Iran.On June 5, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed diplomatic ties with Qatar over accusations of sponsoring terrorist groups and interfering in other Arab nations’ internal affairs.

Source:Egypt Today

December 14, 2017 09:00 UTC


Egypt's agriculture ministry updates policy to end ergot confusion

Harvesting machinery can be seen behind a wheat crop in a paddock located on the outskirts of the South Australian town of Jamestown, in Australia, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/David GrayDUBAI - 14 December 2017: Egypt's agriculture ministry has officially brought its policy on common grain fungus ergot into line with other government agencies, in a move traders hope will end long-running confusion over import requirements at the world's biggest wheat buyer. "We want to reassure our suppliers," Hamed Abdel Dayem, spokesman for the ministry, told Reuters on Thursday, confirming its new decree.Reuters reported late on Wednesday the new decree, dated Dec. 12, stated that any wheat with an ergot content above 0.05 percent would be rejected, while shipments infected below that level would be treated and accepted.This fixes a discrepancy in regulations governing the work of the agricultural quarantine agency, which falls under the agriculture ministry.Confusion over Egypt's ergot policy wreaked havoc on global grain markets in 2016 until a decree by the prime minister put an end to the crisis by enforcing the common international 0.05 percent tolerance level over the stricter zero tolerance policy practiced by agricultural inspectors.The root of the problem was a 2001 regulation used by the country's agriculture quarantine inspectors which stipulated, until this week's decree, a zero tolerance for ergot.That regulation had remained unchanged despite the prime minister's decree issued more than a year ago.

Source:Egypt Today

December 14, 2017 09:00 UTC


Putin must convince Syria to start peace talks: De Mistura

UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura arrives to Geneva for a round of negotiation during the Intra Syria talks, December 13, 2017. REUTERS/Salvatore Di Nolfi/PoolCAIRO – 14 December 2017: The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said Russia has to make more efforts and attempts to end the Syrian Civil War by convening with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to start real peace talks.Speaking on Swiss television station RTS on Wednesday, December 13, de Mistura urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to convince his ally in Syria to end the nearly seven-year long war. "I order the Defense Ministry and the chief of General Staff to begin the pullout of the Russian military group to permanent locations," Putin stated.This visit marked Putin's first trip to Syria and comes as Assad's forces have regained control over most of Syria under the Russian air cover. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and Commander of the Russian troops in Syria Sergey Surovikin accompanied Putin during his trip to Syria's coastal governorate of Latakia.The Syrian political situation has been deteriorating since the protests emerged with the Arab Spring revolutions in 2011, when the opposition created the Free Syrian Army to face Assad’s forces. Some 1.6 million Syrians have been internally displaced, while the number of refugees has reached 4.8 million, the data added.

Source:Egypt Today

December 14, 2017 08:48 UTC


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