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Wednesday, 25 September 2019

El Sisi calls for glonbal community to take “constructive” role in GERD deadlock, says Sudan should be removed from terrorism blacklist

El Sisi’s General Assembly address calls on int’l community to take “constructive” role in resolving GERD gridlock: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s speech to the UN General Assembly yesterday in New York called on the international community to help Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia reach a resolution on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the negotiations over which have repeatedly stalled. The president also focused discussed regional conflicts, including in Libya, Syria, and Iraq, as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Terrorism also featured in the address as El Sisi, who went on to again call for the removal of Sudan from the list of terror-sponsoring states, considering the “positive political developments in the country.”

El Sisi meets Boris Johnson, Macron at UNGA: El Sisi also met yesterday with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the UNGA to discuss cooperation in the fight against terrorism and how to bolster economic ties, according to an Ittihadiya statement. El Sisi had a similar chat with French President Emmanuel Macron. The president also had sit-downs with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, Hungarian President János Áder, and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.

The president met with a number of US corporations, private equity funds, and asset and portfolio management companies at a working meeting organized by the Business Council for International Understanding. El Sisi promoted potential investments in Egypt, including in the Suez Canal Economic Zone.

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