Egypt to increase medical scholarship programs for Yemeni nationals

A picture taken by a doctor at the Sheikh Zayed hospital in the Egyptian capital Cairo on April 29, 2020. (FIle/AFP)
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Updated 21 July 2020

Egypt to increase medical scholarship programs for Yemeni nationals

  • Egypt also agreed to send Yemen’s ministry of health the treatment protocols for COVID-19

DUBAI: Egypt will increase medical scholarship programs for Yemeni nationals, the Egyptian Ministry of Health announced, as Yemen's war-battered medical sector struggles to meet medical needs.

Egyptian Minister of Health and Population, Hala Zayed, discussed with Yemeni Minister of Health, Nasser Ba’oom, ways of enhancing cooperation between the two countries in the field of health, the Egyptian Health Ministry spokesperson, Khaled Megahed, said in a statement on Monday.

Both ministers discussed ways of training Yemeni medics in Egypt by increasing medical training scholarships for Yemeni students in Egypt, local daily Egypt Today reported.

During the meeting, Egypt also agreed to send Yemen’s ministry of health the treatment protocols for COVID-19, according to spokesperson Megahed. 


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.