Last night’s talk shows for Thursday, 21 November 2019
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s final day in Berlin dominated the airwaves for a second day. El Sisi’s discussed Libya and illegal immigration in a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin before taking off to Cairo later in the evening. We have more on the Libya talks in this morning’s Speed Round section, below. Al Hayah Al Youm’s Khaled Abu Bakr also has his own recap of the full visit here (runtime: 7:56). El Sisi was in Berlin for the G20 Africa Compact conference.
Egyptian-German diplomacy: Abu Bakr phoned Egypt’s former ambassador to Germany, Mohamed Hegazy, who spoke of what the visit symbolizes (watch, runtime: 8:16). Hegazy said diplomatic proceedings, particularly El Sisi’s first meetings with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble, show that relations have recovered after taking a hit following the June 2013 revolution. Following the revolution, the EU unanimously criticized the military’s seizure of power and the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi. Hegazy also noted that El Sisi managed to balance his role acting as both Egypt’s and African Union’s (AU) president by presenting Egypt as a promising investment destination and showing Africa’s “best image.”
The former ambassador didn’t mention Germany’s growing interest in Libya, a subject discussed by El Sisi and Merkel yesterday. Again, more on this below.
Egypt has made good use of its one-year AU presidency, says El Feki: Egypt has improved its image both regionally and internationally through its one-year presidency of the AU, which is drawing to a close, diplomat Mostafa El Feki tells Yahduth Fi Misr’s Sherif Amer (watch, runtime: 3:39). El Feki’s rationale: The large number of international conferences El Sisi took part in as the face of the AU. What about quality? El Feki says no other AU president has brought social development and healthcare to the international discourse about Africa as much as El Sisi has done. Egypt’s initiative to eradicate hepatitis C on the continent is one shining example, the veteran politician reasons.
Also getting some airtime: Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan interviewed Parliamentary Affairs Minister Omar Marwan, who last week took part in the UN Human Rights Council’s periodic review of Egypt’s human rights record. Marwan said the report presented to the council by the government was seen as credible by most member states invited to the review to give their recommendations. He also said authorities are now sifting through 372 recommendations Egypt received during the meetings to decide which ones to adopt. The show’s YouTube channel uploaded the interview in snippets (here, here, and here). You can watch the part in which Radwan goes over the key points of the sit-down here (runtime: 2:30).