President Sisi to attend UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020

FILE - President Abdel Fatah El SisiCAIRO - 18 January 2020: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will take part in the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020 to be held on Monday.The opening session will consist of speeches by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and African leaders. It will be followed by others on sustainable funding, infrastructure, trade and investment in light of African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), renewable energy, and growth opportunities.The summit will be attended by the UK prime minister, African heads of states, chiefs of international organizations, and businesspeople. On the sidelines, an exhibition will be held for British and African companies working in the sectors of robotics, artificial satellites, new and renewable energy, and sustainable construction materials.Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs Badr Abdel Aati had talks Friday with a high-level British delegation, under the UK chief negotiator for the Middle East and North Africa, on reaching a new partnership deal between the two countries.The meeting falls within the third round of negotiations between Egypt and UK to reach a new partnership agreement after the UK's exit from the European Union (EU).The third round of negotiations brought together all ministries and parties concerned from Egypt and Britain.The two sides' talks focused on all files related to the new draft agreement to ensure that the Egyptian goods and products continue to enter the British market.

Source:Egypt Today

January 18, 2020 15:33 UTC

Amb. Noke: Japan's peace, prosperity based on that of Libya

Members of Libyan internationally recognised pro-government forces ride in military vehicles on the outskirts of Tripoli, Libya April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Hani AmaraCAIRO - 18 January 2020: As the Berlin Conference is set to kick off Sunday to obtain a real commitment from parties to cease military actions in Libya, Japan’s Ambassador Masaki Noke spoke about the importance of achieving peace and stability in this part of the world.“Peace and stability in this part of the world in northern part of Africa is very important for the stability in the region and Japanese peace and prosperity is also based on peace and prosperity of this area,” said Noke in statements to Egypt Today magazine on Saturday.He further said that Japan “would hope that all the stake holders and interested parties work in a constructive manner to establish peace and stability through dialogue.”Noke went on explaining that there have been certain developments regarding Libya; however, it is still early to predict what will happen.“There are some positive elements we would hope they further develop to arrive at a better situation in the region,” he added.President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Saturday headed for Germany to participate in an international conference on Libya, which will kick off on Sunday.The conference will be attended by representatives of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council along with the states concerned with the Libyan crisis in addition to representatives for international and regional organizations.Other leaders and top officials who will attend the summit include: Russian President Vladimir Putin, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Algerian President Abdul Majeed Tebboune, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğanand Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit.Libya's prime minister of the Government of National Accord Fayez al-Sarraj, Commander of the Libya National Army Khalifa Haftar and UN Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame will also attend the international conference.

Source:Egypt Today

January 18, 2020 13:52 UTC

Lawsuit demands Turkey to repay Egypt 23M gold coins

On Nov. 23, 2013, Egypt downgraded bilateral diplomatic relations with Turkey when it declared Turkish Ambassador Hussein Botsali a persona non grata.The diplomatic disagreement has been deepened recently; on the 6th of January 2020, Egypt Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Turkish Chargé d'affaires to express their refusal to the latest Turkish comments when Egypt interrogating the staff of Turkish-funded news agency of Anadulo. The Egyptian Interior Ministry said on Wednesday it thwarted schemes for the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, as the ministry’s national security sector spoted an electronic platform “funded by Turkey,” with the aim of “destroying the pillars” of the Egyptian state.Turkey’s foreign policy in the Middle East widened its rift with Egypt when Turkish President Recept Tayeb Erdogan urkish President Recept Tayeb Erdogan and Sarraj signed controversial Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) on drawing maritime borders in the Mediterranean Sea- one of the largest natural gas resources in the region- and on enhancing military cooperation. The deals provoked anger in Egypt, Cyprus and Greece that voiced their rejection of the deal as it contradicts with the international agreements.In a joint press conference held in Cairo for the foreign ministers of Egypt, Greece, France and Cyprus, it has been affirmed that the necessity to fully respect the sovereignty of all countries, including their sovereign rights in their water regions in the Mediterranean Sea. In this regard, they strongly condemned the continuous Turkish acts (drillings) in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone and regional waters and called on Turkey to immediately halt illegal exploration activities.sovereignty of all countries, including their sovereign rights in their water regions in the Mediterranean Sea. In this regard, they strongly condemned the continuous Turkish acts (drillings) in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone and regional waters and called on Turkey to immediately halt illegal exploration activities.

Source:Egypt Today

January 18, 2020 11:37 UTC

President Sisi meets with WB, explains recent GERD developments

FILE- President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi during a conference in Egypt- press photoCAIRO - 18 January 2020: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Saturday confirmed the importance of the Nile water for Egypt and its people.At a meeting with a World Bank delegation, he explained the recent developments of the Ethiopian dam file and current negotiations on the issue, said Presidential Spokesman Ambassador Bassam Radi.The meeting took up progress achieved in national projects in Egypt which are allowing more job opportunities for young people, added the spokesman.President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Saturday expressed hope that cooperation with the World Bank would continue for supporting Egyptian development efforts.At a meeting with a bank delegation, the president added that Egypt is seeking to upgrade its strategic relations with the World Bank Group, said Presidential Spokesman Ambassador Bassam Radi.The bank delegates underlined the important role of Egypt and the Middle East and praised its success in overcoming different challenges it faced over the past few years.They also lauded the strong political leadership of Egypt and solidarity between the leadership and people that helped Egypt overcome these challenges, the spokesman pointed out.They noted that their current visit to Egypt is aimed at getting acquainted with the Egyptian government's economic reform efforts and making field visits to development projects to which the bank is contributing, added the spokesman.

Source:Egypt Today

January 18, 2020 11:35 UTC

Iraq, Washington review security relations, future of US forces in country: army spox

FILE PHOTO: U.S. soldiers gather at a military base north of Mosul, Iraq, January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Kalin /File PhotoCAIRO – 18 January 2020: Talks are undergoing between Washington and the Iraqi government to review the security relations between both countries, and discuss the future of the U.S. forces in Iraq, revealed Spokesperson for the commander-in-chief of the Iraqi armed forces Major General Abdul Karim Khalaf.“The Iraqi government is conducting dialogues with the United States regarding security relations, and Iraq has observations and proposed related to this matter, and [Iraqi government] will work to avoid any conflict with its sovereignty,” said Khalaf, adding that “negotiations have not ended yet.”Earlier last week, it was reported that negotiations between both sides to begin and continue for months or a year. One of the announced proposals were that NATO to remain in Iraq, while the U.S. forces remain as part of the alliance.The Iraqi parliament, earlier this month, adopted a resolution obliging the government to end the presence of any foreign forces on Iraqi soil, and prevent it from using its lands, airspace and water for any reason.Iraq's caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi later announced that he had asked U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to send delegates to Iraq to put in place the mechanisms for implementing the decisions of the Iraqi parliament for a safe withdrawal of American forces from Iraq.The prime minister added that American forces had entered Iraq and drones are flying in its airspace without permission from Iraqi authorities, which is a violation of the bilateral agreements.Washington responded by rejecting the withdrawal, and said that any delegation to be sent to Iraq will discuss “how to best recommit strategic partnership - not to discuss troop withdrawal, but our right, appropriate force posture in the Middle East,” AP quoted Pompeo’s spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus.

Source:Egypt Today

January 18, 2020 11:26 UTC

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