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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Last night’s talk shows for Wednesday, 30 October 2019

It was a mixed bag on the airwaves last night: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s talks with the German foreign minister, Washington’s pledge to mediate the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) dispute, and Monday’s train incident in Tanta all received attention, as did yesterday’s dramatic political developments in Lebanon.

El Sisi discusses Syria, manufacturing and higher education with German FM: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi discussed the ongoing crisis in Libya with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas during talks in Cairo yesterday. Maas on Monday called for an end to all “foreign interference” in Libya in a statement we suspect was at least partly aimed at Egypt, which has been busy funding General Khalifa Haftar’s forces in the east of the country. Ittihadiya said yesterday that the two sides “agreed on the importance of concerted and joint efforts by Egypt and Germany to settle the situation.” El Sisi and Maas also talked about the need for finding a political solution in Syria. Al Hayah Al Youm’s Khaled Abu Bakr (watch, runtime: 1:03) and Hona Al Asema’s Reham Ibrahim (watch, runtime: 1:59) were both taking notes.

Washington agrees to mediate GERD dispute: Masaa DMC’s Amr Khalil picked up the news that the US will step in to mediate the dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (watch, runtime: 2:48). We have the story in this morning’s Speed Round, below.

The “train ticket incident” caught the attention of the talking heads for the second day running. Twenty-three-year-old Mohamed Eid Attia died and another man was injured on Monday after a train conductor forced them out a moving train for not purchasing tickets. Abu Bakr covered Transport Minister Kamel El Wazir’s visit to offer condolences to the victim’s family, and said that the state has offered to cover the families’ legal expenses if they decide to press charges. He criticized the ministry for issuing an inaccurate statement that claimed the two men jumped from the train at low speed (watch, runtime: 8:09). The story was picked up in the foreign press, which we note in this morning’s Egypt in the News, below.

In related news: Five people were killed and two others were injured yesterday when a train crashed into a minibus, according to Ahram Online. The crash occurred at the Karnak railway crossing in the Badran region.

The talk shows weigh in on Lebanese political drama: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri submitted his resignation yesterday following almost two weeks of protests demanding political and economic reform. Abu Bakr aired Hariri’s resignation speech (watch, runtime: 5:46), while Reham Ibrahim phoned Rafiq Shalala, media advisor of Lebanse President Michel Aoun. Shalala noted that the protesters have welcomed the move, and that Aoun will make a statement accepting his resignation tomorrow (watch, runtime: 8:53).

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