Egyptian officials fly to UAE to discuss arrests

Updated 02 January 2013
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Egyptian officials fly to UAE to discuss arrests

CAIRO: Two senior Egyptian officials are traveling to the United Arab Emirates to discuss the arrests of 11 Egyptians accused of forming a Muslim Brotherhood cell in the emirate.
Cairo airport officials say the two Egyptian presidential aides left for Abu Dhabi yesterday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief the media.
UAE’s leading newspaper reported Tuesday that the 11 Egyptians were arrested last month after allegedly collecting security information about the UAE, holding secret meetings, recruiting members and sending large amounts of money to Brotherhood leaders in Cairo.
Egypt’s president hails from the Brotherhood, and the Islamist group’s political arm is the country’s most powerful political force.
All political parties or groups are banned in the UAE.


Egyptian president El-Sisi offers sympathy after heavy rains

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Egyptian president El-Sisi offers sympathy after heavy rains

CAIRO: Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has expressed sympathy with people affected by the rare heavy rains over the past two days.
The downpour had caused flash floods on the streets, leaving parts of the capital, Cairo, and other parts of Egypt impassable.
Footage on social media showed floods, leaky ceilings and parked cars completely submerged in water.
On Thursday, El-Sisi sought to reassure people that measures would be taken to prevent this from recurring.
He said on his Twitter account: “I understand completely the suffering of some Egyptians due to the sudden and unusual rainfall.”
El-Sisi added that he confirms the state and Egyptian authorities will “intensify their efforts to prevent such incidents from recurring.”
Egypt’s Meteorological Authority Ahmed Abdel-Al says the weather is expected to improve by Friday.