Spain, Egypt to study Cairo-Luxor bullet train link

Updated 30 April 2015

Spain, Egypt to study Cairo-Luxor bullet train link

MADRID: Spain and Egypt have agreed to study the feasibility of a bullet-train link between the Egyptian capital of Cairo and the ancient southern city of Luxor.
The agreement was signed Thursday by the countries’ economy ministers during a one-day visit to Spain by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Spain’s Economy Ministry said.
Egypt is keen on improving its rail links while Spain has one of the world’s most developed high-speed train systems. Spain will fund the study, the ministry said.
Cairo and Luxor, two of Egypt’s most popular tourist destinations, are 500 kilometers (300 miles) apart.
During the visit, el-Sissi met with King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for talks on combatting jihadi terrorism and improving bilateral economic links. Rajoy and el-Sissi were also to discuss migration, the conflicts in Libya, Syria and Yemen and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the government said.
The two countries also signed a crime and security cooperation accord and El-Sissi held talks with Spanish and Egyptian business leaders.
El-Sissi led the 2013 military ouster of Islamist President Muhammad Mursi and later was elected as a civilian president.


Lebanon’s foreign minister resigns amid economic crisis

Updated 03 August 2020

Lebanon’s foreign minister resigns amid economic crisis

  • Nassif Hitti submits resignation to the prime minister and leaves government house without making any comments
  • Hitti’s resignation is a blow to Hassan Diab’s government

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s foreign minister resigned on Monday, becoming the first Cabinet minister to defect from his post amid the severe economic and financial crisis striking the country.
Minister Nassif Hitti’s submitted his resignation to the prime minister and left the government house without making any comments.
A career diplomat, Hitti became foreign minister in January as part of Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s government. He was was reportedly unhappy with the government’s performance and lack of movement on promised reforms.
Local media reports said he also was angered by Diab’s criticism of French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian following his visit to Beirut last month. Diab had said Le Drian “did not bring anything new” and was not properly informed about the reforms implemented by the Lebanese government.
It was not immediately clear whether his resignation would be accepted and whether one of the other ministers would assume his responsibilities in caretaker capacity until a new minister is appointed.
Hitti’s resignation is a blow to Diab’s government, which has struggled to implement reforms amid an unprecedented financial crisis and the coronavirus pandemic.