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Monday, 11 February 2019

Talking heads economize with joint interview with Sameh Shoukry on Egypt’s AU chairmanship

The talking heads decided to be economical last night and aired a joint interview with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Egypt’s assumption of the African Union chairmanship. Shoukry’s interview in Addis Ababa aired on Masaa DMC, Hona Al Asema, ONTV, and Al Hayah Al Youm.

The minister touched on everything from the “historic” support Egypt has given and the future it sees for the continent (watch, runtime: 01:22) to that awkward time back in 2013 when a “misunderstanding” saw the AU suspend Egypt’s membership (watch, runtime: 02:04). Shoukry also discussed the impasse over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which he said is a technical issue that should not be politicized (watch, runtime: 03:00).

El Hekaya’s Amr Adib, meanwhile, channeled 2003 Amr Diab in trying to decide whether or not we should celebrate our chairmanship. He alternated between hailing yesterday as a historic moment (watch, runtime: 04:09) and calling for our focus to shift toward what Egypt can provide Africa during the chairmanship (watch, runtime: 06:14).

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