Egypt continuing efforts to return Palestinian Authority to the Gaza Strip, says El-Sisi

Egypt continuing efforts to return Palestinian Authority to the Gaza Strip, says El-Sisi
President El-Sisi told President Abbas that Cairo will continue its moves for the return of the Palestinian Authority to the Gaza Strip. (File/AFP)
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Updated 07 October 2021

Egypt continuing efforts to return Palestinian Authority to the Gaza Strip, says El-Sisi

Egypt continuing efforts to return Palestinian Authority to the Gaza Strip, says El-Sisi
  • El-Sisi presented Abbas with the latest Egyptian efforts to support the Palestinian cause
  • Abbas renewed his readiness to form a national unity government “whose parties accept international legitimacy”

CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi told his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas that Cairo will continue its moves for the return of the Palestinian Authority to the Gaza Strip.

El-Sisi presented Abbas with the latest Egyptian efforts to support the Palestinian cause, stressing adherence to the Palestine Liberation Organization as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.

El-Sisi also briefed Abbas during a phone call on the results of his meeting last month with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, during which El-Sisi stressed the need to advance peace efforts and confidence-building measures, and to provide an appropriate atmosphere to launch a political process in accordance with international legitimacy resolutions.

The Egyptian president stressed that Cairo “attaches great importance to the unification of the Palestinian house, and that it will continue its movements and efforts for the return of the Palestinian Authority to the Gaza Strip, and the start of the reconstruction process.”

Israel has tightened its siege on the Gaza Strip — home to some two million Palestinians — since Hamas took control in 2007.

El-Sisi stressed the continuation of Egyptian efforts to revive the peace process to restore the rights of the Palestinian people, and to restore security and stability in the region.

El-Sisi said: “Egypt’s tireless efforts towards the Palestinian cause continue in close coordination with the Palestinian brothers, with the aim of revitalizing the file of the peace process in order to restore the rights of the Palestinian people and enhance security and stability in the region.”

The Abbas expressed his thanks to his Egyptian counterpart for the efforts made by his country to support the Palestinian people to obtain their legitimate rights to freedom and independence.

Abbas stressed the Palestinian side’s readiness to work in accordance with international legitimacy in order to end the occupation and establish a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Abbas renewed his readiness to form a national unity government “whose parties accept international legitimacy,” he also congratulated El-Sisi on the anniversary of victory in the October 1973 war.

The phone call came after a meeting that took place between the head of Egyptian intelligence, Maj. Gen. Abbas Kamel, and the Hamas delegation in  Cairo.

Hamas said that the meeting of the head of its political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, with Kamel was conducted “in a positive atmosphere and mutual understanding,” adding that they discussed the developments in the Palestinian cause and the region in general.

Cairo handles a number of issues regarding Palestine, including the consolidation of the truce, the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, mediation between Israel and Hamas in prisoner exchanges, and national reconciliation.


Jordan reports its highest daily number of COVID-19 cases to date as fourth wave rages

According to government figures, 4,556,988 people in Jordan have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 4,168,651 have received two shots. (Reuters/File Photo)
According to government figures, 4,556,988 people in Jordan have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 4,168,651 have received two shots. (Reuters/File Photo)
Updated 59 min 53 sec ago

Jordan reports its highest daily number of COVID-19 cases to date as fourth wave rages

According to government figures, 4,556,988 people in Jordan have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 4,168,651 have received two shots. (Reuters/File Photo)
  • An additional 11,478 cases have been confirmed, bringing the total in the country since the pandemic began to 1,152,526
  • Nearly 23 percent of tests returned a positive result, 18 percent above the 5 percent rate considered ‘safe’ by authorities

AMMAN: Jordan on Monday reported the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases in the country since the pandemic began, as the kingdom battles to contain a surging fourth wave of coronavirus infections.

Authorities said an additional 11,478 cases have been confirmed, bringing the total to 1,152,526, and another 15 people have died of conditions related to the disease. The death toll now stands at 13,088.

Nearly 23 percent of PCR tests returned a positive result, 18 percent above the 5 percent rate considered “safe” by the government.

A further 158 COVID-19 patients were admitted to hospital, while 107 have recovered and been discharged. A total of 714 people are currently receiving hospital treatment for the disease.

The government said occupancy rates of isolation beds by COVID-19 patients in the country’s northern, central and southern regions stand at 10 percent, 19 percent and 8 percent respectively.

According to government figures, 4,556,988 people in Jordan have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 4,168,651 have received two shots.


Algerian president in Egypt on official visit

Algerian president in Egypt on official visit
Updated 25 min 39 sec ago

Algerian president in Egypt on official visit

Algerian president in Egypt on official visit
  • Abdelmadjid Tebboune is on a two-day state visit
  • Egypt is the third Arab country that Tebboune has visited since he took office in December 2019

CAIRO: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received on Monday evening his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune at Cairo International Airport.

Tebboune is on a two-day state visit, and is expected to discuss with El-Sisi Arab and African security issues, including the crisis in neighboring Libya.

The two presidents previously met in January 2020 on the sidelines of the Berlin conference on the Libyan crisis.

Egypt is the third Arab country that Tebboune has visited since he took office in December 2019, after Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.

El-Sisi received a written message from Tebboune last week after receiving Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra in Cairo.

El-Sisi and Lamamra discussed bilateral relations and Arab issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Libyan crisis.


Egypt not to blame for failure of Renaissance Dam talks: FM

Egypt not to blame for failure of Renaissance Dam talks: FM
Updated 24 January 2022

Egypt not to blame for failure of Renaissance Dam talks: FM

Egypt not to blame for failure of Renaissance Dam talks: FM
  • Sameh Shoukry: Egypt is always ready to resume negotiations with Ethiopia if there is a political will to reach an agreement
  • Egypt and Sudan reject Ethiopia’s insistence on filling the dam before reaching a binding agreement

CAIRO: Cairo is not to blame for the failure of negotiations over the filling and operation of Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has said.

“Egypt is always ready to resume negotiations with Ethiopia if there is a political will to reach an agreement,” he added.

“Egypt is always keen to reach consensus between the three countries — Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia — and to reach a binding legal agreement in accordance with the rules of international law and international practices, in a manner that meets the needs of all parties, which is Ethiopia’s right to development, and the right of Egypt and Sudan to their share of the Nile waters.”

Negotiations between the three countries failed in April 2021 and have not resumed since. Egypt and Sudan reject Ethiopia’s insistence on filling the dam before reaching a binding agreement.


Egypt approves Merck COVID-19 pill, says to be produced locally

Egypt approves Merck COVID-19 pill, says to be produced locally
Updated 24 January 2022

Egypt approves Merck COVID-19 pill, says to be produced locally

Egypt approves Merck COVID-19 pill, says to be produced locally

CAIRO: Egypt approved Merck & Co’s COVID-19 pill Molnupiravir for emergency use, the country’s drug authority said on Monday, adding that the pill would be locally produced.
The drug will initially be manufactured by five local companies, to be joined later by several other firms, the Egyptian Drug Authority said in a statement.


Arab League calls for Houthis to be classified terror group

Arab League calls for Houthis to be classified terror group
Updated 24 January 2022

Arab League calls for Houthis to be classified terror group

Arab League calls for Houthis to be classified terror group
  • The league affirmed its support for “the UAE’s right to self-defense and to respond to aggression under international law”
  • The league also welcomed the UN Security Council’s “unified position” in condemning the Houthi attacks

CAIRO: The Arab League has urged the international community to classify Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militia as a terrorist organization after last week’s missile and drone attacks on the UAE.

The call followed an emergency meeting of the Arab League on Sunday to discuss the “brutal and vicious terrorist attack on civilians and civilian targets.”

It said the attacks “constitute a violation of international law and international humanitarian law, and a real threat to vital civilian facilities, energy supplies and the stability of the global economy.

“They also constitute a threat to regional peace and security, undermine Arab national security, harm international peace and security, and pose a threat to international commercial shipping lines.”

The meeting welcomed the solidarity of countries, as well as regional and international organizations, with the UAE.

The Arab League also welcomed the UN Security Council’s “unified position” in condemning the Houthi attacks.

The meeting affirmed the league’s support for “the UAE’s right to self-defense and to respond to aggression under international law.”

It stressed “the need for the international community to stand united in the face of this terrorist act that threatens regional and international peace and stability, and to take immediate and decisive measures to deter the Houthi militias, in order to stop their repeated criminal acts in Yemen and the region.”