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Sunday, 9 October 2016

Western embassies issue Cairo security warning over weekend, are criticized by Egyptian Foreign Ministry

TIFF OVER SECURITY WARNINGS: Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a rebuke yesterday after the embassies of the United States, Canada and the UK in Egypt, as well as Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs, issued security warnings urging their citizens to avoid large gatherings and public spaces during the weekend of October 7-9. The statements specifically urged their citizens to avoid “concert halls, movie theaters, museums, shopping malls, and sports venues in Cairo until 9th October. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has said that it was “disturbed” by the US embassy’s security warning, claiming that the embassy did not coordinate with the ministry nor notified Egyptian authorities of any risk concerns, according to a statement by the ministry’s spokesperson. The Foreign Ministry says the embassy claimed the warning was a routine measure for a long weekend.

CORRECTIONS- In Wednesday’s issue, we incorrectly stated that International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr was set to meet with the Executive Board of the IMF. The minister was actually set to meet with the Executive Directors of the World Bank in her capacity as the Governor of Egypt to the World Bank Group. H/t Nehal H. Also on Wednesday, we misstated the location of Finance Minister Amr El Garhy’s meetings with the IMF in the TL;DR; it was presented correctly in the story. We regret the errors.

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