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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Foreign trade and diplomacy on 16 March 2017

Egypt’s ambassador to the UN, Amr Ramadan, is reportedly engaging in a war ofwords at the UN’s Human Rights Council, declaring once again that Egypt respects human rights and civil society organizations. His statements come in response to criticism and “concerns” on Egypt’s human rights record from representatives of the US, EU, and most randomly, Switzerland, according to Youm7.

The EU wants to ensure that Ethiopia will be using the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam solely for electricity production and will steer clear of using it for irrigation purposes, head of the EU delegation to Sudan Jean-Michel Dumond said on Tuesday, Asharq Al-Awsat reports. European countries are calling on Ethiopia to allow all Nile Basin countries to benefit from the dam, Dumond said.

A German parliamentary delegation currently in Egypt to discuss illegal migration met with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry yesterday, Al Mal reports.

Further economic cooperation with Syria on the horizon: The Trade and Industry Ministry is currently studying establishing a 500K sqm Syrian industrial zone targeting the textiles industry, said Trade and Industry Minister Tarek Kabil. He added that the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce will send a delegation to Syria in April to explore investment opportunities, Ahram Gate reports.

Meanwhile, Kabil arrived in Poland yesterday at the head of an Egyptian business delegation, Youm7 reports.

More love from central Europe: The Czech Foreign Trade Minister will be leading a business delegation to Cairo towards the end of this year to discuss investment opportunities with, Trade Minister Tarek Kabil said yesterday, Al Mal reports.

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