Belgian ambassador to Cairo tweets ‘mini pyramids’ in love for Egypt

Sibille de Cartier has promoted historical and tourism sites in Egypt, on her social media account, when visiting destinations across the country. (Courtesy @SibilleCartier)
Updated 17 April 2018
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Belgian ambassador to Cairo tweets ‘mini pyramids’ in love for Egypt

  • Her Excellency Sibille de Cartier shared with her followers a photo she took of a sand structure she had made depicting Egypt’s iconic three Giza Pyramids.
  • In her tweet, the ambassador wrote: “Egypt just invited itself on the beach in Belgium!” while calling on her fellow Belgian citizens to visit Egypt.
CAIRO: The Belgian ambassador to Cairo expressed her love for Egypt in a tweet she made while on the beach.

Her Excellency Sibille de Cartier shared with her followers a photo she took of a sand structure she made depicting Egypt’s iconic three Giza Pyramids.


In her tweet, the ambassador wrote: “Egypt just invited itself on the beach in Belgium!” while calling on her fellow Belgian citizens to visit Egypt.

The ambassador has promoted tourism sites in Egypt, many times, on her social media account when visiting destinations in the country.


Egyptian singer Sherine banned after claiming lack of free speech

Updated 23 March 2019
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Egyptian singer Sherine banned after claiming lack of free speech

  • The singer, who hosts the Arabic version of “The Voice,” apologized again after the latest remarks in a TV interview aired late Friday, saying she was joking
  • Last year, Sherine was sentenced to six months in prison over a similar clip from a concert in which she joked that the Nile is polluted

CAIRO: An Egyptian singer has been banned from performing in her home country after suggesting that it does not respect free speech.
A video clip circulated online shows Sherine Abdel-Wahab, during a performance in Bahrain, saying: “Here I can say whatever I want. In Egypt, anyone who talks gets imprisoned.”
Egypt’s Musicians Union responded late Friday by barring the singer, popularly known by her first name, from performing. It also summoned her for questioning.
Samir Sabry, a pro-government lawyer with a reputation for moral vigilantism and suing celebrities, filed a complaint against the singer accusing her of “insulting Egypt and inviting suspicious rights groups to interfere in Egypt’s affairs.”
Last year, Sherine was sentenced to six months in prison over a similar clip from a concert in which she joked that the Nile is polluted. The sentence was suspended upon appeal. She apologized for the remark, calling it a “bad joke.”
The singer, who hosts the Arabic version of “The Voice,” apologized again after the latest remarks in a TV interview aired late Friday, saying she was joking.
“I am very tired. I made a mistake. I am sorry. I appeal the president of the Arab Republic of Egypt, who is our father. I feel that I was persecuted. I did nothing. I love Egypt,” she said.
Egyptian authorities have waged an unprecedented crackdown on dissent since President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi led the military overthrow of Mohammed Mursi in 2013. The local media is dominated by pro-government outlets that attack anyone seen as criticizing the country or its leaders, and several people have been jailed or fined for violating vaguely written laws outlawing such criticism.