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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Egypt sends Somalia food, medical aid

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Libyan Armed Forces chief General Khalifa Haftar in Cairo yesterday to discuss developments in the Libyan crisis, according to an emailed Ittihadiya statement (pdf). The president generated international headlines by stressing “the need to lift the arms embargo imposed on the Libyan army, given it is a fundamental pillar for eradicating terrorism in Libya.”

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail discussed Egypt’s economic reform drive with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London on Thursday, Al Mal reported. Ismail also met with UK Defense Minister Michael Fallon during his trip to London to discuss ways to further strategic cooperation, particularly on fighting terrorism. The Prime Minister, who was in the UK for the 2017 London Somalia conference, also talked cooperation with Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, the newspaper added.

Uganda has postponed the Nile Basin Initiative’s presidential summit to mid-June to give Egypt a grace period to decide whether or not it will resume its membership in the initiative, Al Shorouk reports.

The Trade Ministry is sponsoring a delegation of 15 Egyptian business women on a roadshow to the UAE and Germany in June to promote their crafts and products, Trade Minister Tarek Kabil said, according to Al Shorouk.

Egypt’s armed forces sent Somalia a shipment of food and medical aid to help with drought relief. “The drought has left 6.2 mn people — more than half of the population of Somalia — in need of immediate lifesaving assistance,” according to Ahram Online.

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