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Wednesday, 3 April 2019

UN SecGen Antonio Guterres is in Cairo

Leading the conversation on Egypt in the foreign press this morning: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres met with Al Azhar Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed El Tayeb yesterday, and expressed his solidarity with Muslims around the world in remarks that denounced hate speech, racism, and anti-Semitism, according to the AP.

Also in the international press this morning:

  • Australian-Egyptian detained: Australian-Egyptian Hazem Hamouda’s family is urging Australian authorities to secure his release from Tora Prison, writes ABC net.
  • Human rights: With photojournalist Mahmoud “Shawkan” Abu Zeid and activist Alaa Abdelfattah released on probation, the CPJ highlights restrictions the two now face. PEN America’s senior director of free expression programs also comments on Abdel Fattah’s situation in a statement.
  • The constitutional amendment roadshow: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s planned trip to Washington DC next week is intended to shore up American support for his constitutional amendments, writes the Jerusalem Post.
  • The Japanese are coming: Japanese peacekeepers will participate in a non-UN mission in Egypt, commanding the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), which monitors the peace between Egypt and Israel in the Sinai, according to the Times of Oman.
  • Is Egypt’s architectural heritage at risk? The heart of old Cairo may struggle to keep its multicultural heritage alive as focus turns to the new capital, an opinion piece in MySinchew says.

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