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Egyptian army receives offshore patrol vessel from France

September 22, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Egypt received the second French-made Gowind corvette which can be used by the navy in anti-submarine warfare, local media reported. The navy received the first corvette in 2015, calling it “Tahya Misr” (Long lives Egypt). According to Egypt’s state newspaper, Al-Ahram, Navy Commander General Ahmed Khaled led a military delegation participating in the Egyptian flag-hoisting ceremony aboard the corvette, which has been named “Al-Fateh” (The Conqueror). The delivery of this corvette comes as part of an agreement made between Egypt and France in 2014 which stipulates supplying the Egyptian Navy with four Gowind corvettes. Two of these corvettes will be manufactured in Egypt in order to transfer the French technology and manufacturing methods to the Egyptian naval arsenal. The deal is […]

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Egypt security forces target Regeni family’s legal team

September 22, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The legal defence team of the family of Italian researcher, Giulio Regini, who was found dead in Cairo last year with torture wounds covering his body, has accused the Egyptian security forces of raiding its headquarters and trying to shut it down in the latest attempt by the Egyptian state to stifle the case. The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (a non-governmental organisation based in Cairo), which is acting as the Regini family’s legal defence team, reported that Egyptian security raided its headquarters, located in the Agouza neighbourhood west of Cairo, yesterday “for unknown reasons”. Ten days ago Ibrahim Metwaly, an Egyptian lawyer who represents Regeni’s family, was detained on his way to a UN conference, forcibly disappeared, tortured […]

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Algeria moves to remove itself from high-risk list

September 22, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Algiers is attempting to discard its status as an unsafe country for foreigners to visit in order to develop its tourism industry, according to the Ministry of Tourism. The ministry has approached the French embassy to discuss removing its inclusion from a list that “poses a serious threat to security”. Algeria has been on the French security list annually with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs warning its citizens against visiting the country due to the high security risks and the country being “exposed to terrorist risks”. France is not the only country to designate Algeria as a high-risk country to visit; the US continues to alert its nationals against visiting the North African country. The last warning was issued […]

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Palestinians abroad mark 100 years since Balfour Declaration

September 22, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Popular Conference of Palestinians Abroad and the Palestinians in Europe Conference have launched a campaign to mark the centennial of the notorious Balfour Declaration that paved the way for the creation of Israel. The campaign aims to stress the Palestinian right of return and freedom and raise awareness of the declaration’s historic, political and legal consequences on the Palestinian people. The campaign also aims to support demands to cancel the Zionist movement’s annual celebrations of the declaration in Britain as well as demands for the UK to apologise to the Palestinians. The campaign has launched a website advocating for the Palestinian cause, where activists can share details of activities which are being held to mark the centenary. The hashtag […]

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US Congress delegation begins visit to Sudan

September 22, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

A delegation from the US Congress, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Devin Nunes, began an official visit to Sudan as America prepares to lift economic sanctions imposed on Khartoum for nearly 20 years. The US delegation met with Sudanese First Vice President Bakri Hassan Saleh and discussed joint security efforts. The Sudanese Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning also discussed with the US Congressman and the accompanying US embassy delegation the arrangements after 12 October when the United States is expected to announce the lifting of economic sanctions imposed on Sudan. The Sudanese Parliament Speaker Ibrahim Ahmed Omar discussed with the US Congress delegation the possible contribution of the two legislative institutions to normalisng relations. He presented to the […]

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Sudan, S. Sudan make pact to work against US sanctions

September 22, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Sudan and South Sudan agreed on Wednesday to work against the US sanctions imposed on the two neighbouring countries, the official news agency SUNA reported South Sudan’s oil minister told a joint news conference in Khartoum with Sudan’s investment minister, Mubarak Al-Fadil, that the two countries have agreed to increase oil production and open all border crossing points to improve the flow of goods and trade and to settle outstanding debts. We have agreed as two countries to make sure that we work together in line with the cooperation agreement signed in 2012 …  to make sure that the sanctions are lifted on our countries Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth said. The oil minister was speaking at the end of bilateral trade […]

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Egypt, UAE to build industrial zone at Suez Canal

September 22, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Egypt’s General Authority of the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) yesterday signed an initial partnership agreement with the UAE-based port operator DP World to develop the planned economic zone near the Suez Canal, the Anadolu Agency reported. The joint contract is a prelude to the final agreement which will be signed between the two sides “upon the completion of all procedures”. The partnership aims to establish a joint development company between the SCZone Authority and DP World to implement a sustainable and integrated economic zone in Egypt’s north-eastern port, including a free industrial zone and other development projects. The new company will be 51 per cent owned by the General SCZone Authority, which was founded in 2015 to administer and manage the […]

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BDS groups urge Italian cycling race to ‘steer clear’ of Israeli apartheid

September 22, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is urging famed cycling race Giro d’Italia to “steer clear of apartheid” by relocating the start of its 2018 race from Israel. The Giro d’Italia, an annual multiple-stage bicycle race founded in 1909, has made foreign starts in recent years in Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Northern Ireland. Israel will be the first non-European country to host the start of a Grand Tour. The race will start in Jerusalem, followed by stages from Haifa to Tel Aviv and the Negev. The BDS movement has urged activists to take action “to stop this sports-washing of Israel’s occupation and apartheid”, noting that the decision has been described as “a big political coup for the country, […]

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Qatar and US Business Council pledge economic cooperation

September 22, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Qatari Minister of Economy and Commerce Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al-Thani and Executive Director of the US-Qatar Business Council Mohammed Barakat have signed a letter of intent to enhance and develop economic trade and investment cooperation between the two countries. This occurred during a meeting between the minister, the members of the US-Qatari Business Council, and the American Chamber of Commerce, held on the side lines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, according to a statement issued by the Qatari Ministry of Economy and the official Qatari news agency QNA. The letter of intent between the Ministry and the US-Qatar Business Council enables continued investments in Qatar and the US, the provision of […]

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Iraq, Turkey, Iran to coordinate countermeasures to Kurdistan referendum

September 22, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Iraq, Turkey and Iran have agreed to consider coordination over countermeasures to the Kurdistan referendum on secession from Iraq scheduled for Monday, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari said. A statement issued by Al-Jaafari’s office said yesterday: “The Foreign Ministers of Iraq, Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu and Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif have held a trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York to discuss the Kurdish planned referendum.” According to the statement, the three ministers have “confirmed their strong commitment to maintaining Iraq’s political unity, territorial integrity and expressed concern about the planned referendum”. The statement stressed that the referendum “jeopardises Iraq’s great and difficult victories against Daesh”. Read: Kurdish referendum will not be granted international […]

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