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Sunday, 24 March 2019

Economic ties with Argentina + Iraq, Golan Heights, WFP cap a busy weekend in diplomacy

It was a busy weekend on the diplomatic front. Starting with stories that have an economic angle, Egypt and Argentina have agreed to step up economic cooperation, according to an Investment Ministry statement following a meeting between Sahar Nasr and Argentina’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Faurie. The two met on the sidelines of UN conference on South-South Cooperation, which wrapped up on Friday in the Argentine capital.

In other news from the diplomatic front worth noting this morning:

  • Egypt on Trump’s impromptu Golan Heights call: Egypt joined the chorus of regional nations opposed to US President Donald Trump’s call to recognize Israeli possession of the occupied Golan Heights. Both the Foreign Ministry and Al Azhar issued statements
  • Egypt and Iraq must work together to stem the flow of terrorism and terrorist finance, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi told President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Saturday, Reuters reports. Mahdi was in Cairo for his first trip abroad since assuming office in October.
  • Food security was on the agenda as El-Sisi met with the executive director of the World Food Programme, David Beasley, on Saturday, Al Ahram reports.
  • The European Union launched a EUR 120 mn water security program in Egypt yesterday in celebration of international water day, according to Al Mal.

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