Egypt shuts six ports due to bad weather

A general view of buildings during a sandstorm in Cairo, Egypt January 13, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 13 January 2019
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Egypt shuts six ports due to bad weather

  • The ports of Suez and Zeitiyat were shut in Suez governorate, as well as Adabiya and Ain Sokhna ports
  • The Egyptian Meteorological Authority said “active southwesterly winds in the north of the country are stirring sand and dust"

SUEZ/ALEXANDRIA: Egypt has closed four ports on the Red Sea and two on the Mediterranean due to bad weather, officials said on Sunday.
The ports of Suez and Zeitiyat were shut in Suez governorate, the Red Sea Ports Authority said. Adabiya and Ain Sokhna ports, in the same governorate, also closed, a source at the General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone said.
The ports of Alexandria and Dekheila on the Mediterranean were shut in Alexandria governorate, said Reda Ghandour, a spokesman for the Alexandria Port Authority.
He added that loading and unloading of docked vessels was continuing despite the closures.
The Egyptian Meteorological Authority said “active southwesterly winds in the north of the country are stirring sand and dust, leading to the disruption of maritime navigation on the Red and Mediterranean seas.”


Iranian FM in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi counterpart as part of regional tour

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Iranian FM in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi counterpart as part of regional tour

  • During his his two-day visit, Zarif will also meet the Iraqi president and Iraqi prime minister
  • Discussions will mainly focus on the current crisis and its impacts on the two countries

BAGHDAD: Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif landed in Baghdad on Saturday for talks with his Iraqi counterpart, an Arab News reporter confirmed.

During his his two-day visit, Zarif will also meet the Iraqi president and Iraqi prime minister. On Sunday morning, Zarif will meet several senior politicians before he heads to Najaf to meet some clerics, sources told Arab News.

The discussions will mainly focus on the current crisis and its impacts on the two countries in addition to possible options to reinforce the attempts to start dialogues with the related sides to reach a compromise or solutions for the current standoff between Iran and US.

The Iranian official will leave Iraq on Monday. Zarif's tour will also include trips to Turkey, India and Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Iran's deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi will begin a separate tour on Sunday which will see him visit Qatar, Oman and Kuwait, according to Iranian news sources.