US calls on Egypt military, government to work together

Updated 14 August 2012

US calls on Egypt military, government to work together

ABoard Air Force One: The United States on Monday urged Egypt’s military and government to work together, a day after President Muhammad Mursi forced out the country’s longtime defense minister.
“It is important for the Egyptian military and civilian leadership to work closely together to address the economic and security challenges facing Egypt,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters.
“We hope that President Mursi’s announcement will serve the interests of the Egyptian people.”
The US reaction came a day after Mursi forced Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi to retire and scrapped a recent constitutional document that gave the military legislative and other powers.
Tantawi was replaced by Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi, whom Carney said was known to the United States from his previous position and whose appointment it welcomed.
“We had expected President Mursi to coordinate with the military to name a new defense team and we will continue to work with Egypt’s civilian and military leaders to advance our many shared interests,” he said.
The surprise move was seen as a test of strength between the new civilian government, which is backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, and the military, which held unrivaled influence under former president Hosni Mubarak.
It came in the wake of a deadly attack on the Egyptian military in the Sinai that prompted an unprecedented military campaign in the lawless peninsula.
Carney reiterated that the United States was prepared to help Mursi and the military as they work to prevent future attacks.
“We commend General Tantawi for his service, especially during the extremely difficult transition from President Mubarak’s leadership through the elections,” he said.


Kuwait expects nearly 1.5 million expats to leave by end of year

Updated 11 July 2020

Kuwait expects nearly 1.5 million expats to leave by end of year

  • Over 158,000 expat workers have already left the country
  • The Egyptian and Indian expats communities were hit the hardest

DUBAI: Almost 1.5 million expatriate workers are expected to leave Kuwait by year’s end as economic slowdown due to the coronavirus pandemic forced companies to cut their workforce to save on costs and remain afloat.
Likewise, the government’s decision to lower the number of expats living in the country, through a new residency law, and its continuing Kuwaitization of jobs in the public sector also hit migrant workers.
Over 158,000 expat workers have already left the country only in a span of 116 days, or from March 16 until July 9, many of whom have been laid off because of the coronavirus crisis, local newspaper Arab Times reported.
The Egyptian and Indian expats communities were hit the hardest, the report said.
The draft of Kuwait’s new residency law would limit the number of foreign nationals recruited by companies each year and will include regulations based on their skills, Interior Minister Anas Al-Saleh was earlier reported as saying.
The Kuwait parliament aims to have the legislation ready by October, prior to the November elections.