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Monday, 24 April 2017

President El Sisi, King Salman summit dominates airwaves

Talking heads last night were mostly preoccupied with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s meeting with Saudi King Salman, with almost all pundits touting the move as the opening of a new chapter and downplaying last year’s rift.

Case in point: Salman El Dosary, a Saudi writer at Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, told Yahduth fi Masr’s Sherif Amer that the political ties between both countries might have been adversely impacted, but it never got to the point of a break. Former foreign relations minister and current MP Mohamed El Oraby told Amer that both countries decided to forgo their differences for the sake of regional stability.

El Oraby’s message was echoed by Kol Youm’s Amr Adib, who described the trip as El Sisi’s most important visit to Riyadh, runtime: 12:35). Lebanese political analyst Gehad El Khazen told Adib that he expects an increase Saudi investment in Egypt after the visit (watch, runtime: 6:00).

Over on Al Hayah Al Youm, Lobna Assal interviewed head of the Central Authority for Organization and Administration Mohamed Gamil who denied that the government intends to dismiss 2 mn employees (watch, runtime: 40:16).

Hona Al Asema’s Lamees Al Hadidi was off last night.

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