Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris vows to be at ‘forefront of investors’ in Sudan

Naguib Sawiris. (REUTERS)
Updated 19 March 2018
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Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris vows to be at ‘forefront of investors’ in Sudan

CAIRO: Egypt’s business tycoon Naguib Sawiris vowed to be at the “forefront of investors” in Sudan in a tweet on Monday during the Sudanese president’s visit to Cairo.
The prominent businessman welcomed the Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir to Egypt and praised the step aimed at boosting bilateral ties between the “brotherly states.”
Sawiris wrote in his tweet: “Welcome your excellency Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir in your home country Egypt, and sincere thanks to you and President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi for unifying the row and for the mutual love.”
He described the visit as a “historic step that ended the cloud of the past.”
Sawiris, one of the world’s leading investors, said: “We will be at the forefront of investors in the brotherly Sudan, God willing.”

El-Sisi received his Sudanese counterpart Omar Al-Bashir on Monday at the Cairo International Airport.
Both leaders will discuss the outstanding issues between the two countries, based on the agreement reached at the recent Addis Ababa Summit.
The one-day visit will also focus on tackling cooperation across various fields, as well as issues of joint interest, said Egyptian Presidency spokesperson Bassam Radi in a statement on Sunday.


Iranian official in surprise visit to Lebanon

Updated 18 July 2019
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Iranian official in surprise visit to Lebanon

  • Some of the threats made by the Zionist enemy are not in favor of the region’s security, Abdollahian says

BEIRUT: “Lebanon must be kept out of all regional crises,” said Iran’s Shoura Council assistant speaker for international affairs, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, during a surprise visit to Beirut on Wednesday.

“We say at the top of our voice that Iran and its allies will not allow the Zionist entity and the US to damage the region’s security.”

Following his meeting with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, Abdollahian said that Tehran “is convinced that the security of Lebanon is the security of the region and the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Abdollahian added that “some of the threats made by the Zionist enemy are not in favor of the region’s security.”

He described his talks with Berri as “good and constructive.”

“We will not allow Israel, US to interfere with regional security.”

Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Iran’s Shoura Council official

Abdollahian said: “We have come today to reaffirm that Iran fully supports the people, army, resistance and government of Lebanon, and we look forward to developing relations between our two countries until they reach the highest levels.”

He said he believes that the statements of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are for “domestic consumption,” accusing him of “making some moves in the region that are not in his favor.”

Netanyahu responded to a message from Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday by threatening Hezbollah during Israel’s Cabinet meeting.

Netanyahu said: “Let me be clear that if Hezbollah dares to commit an act of stupidity and attack Israel, we will deal a crushing military blow on Lebanon. But unlike Nasrallah, I do not intend to detail our plans. It would be enough to recall that, for years, Nasrallah dug terror tunnels, and we demolished them within a few days.”