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Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Last night’s talk shows for Tuesday 14 January 2020

Libya in the spotlight again as truce talks end without agreement: Libyan ceasefire talks in Moscow collapsed yesterday after Egypt-backed eastern military commander Khalifa Haftar refused to sign a truce agreement with the head of the UN-recognized government Fayez Al Serraj, Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal said. She talked to an expert on European affairs who claimed that the Turks and Al Serraj are conspiring against Haftar, referring to comments made by Turkish President Recep Erdogan yesterday that it will “teach a lesson” to his Libyan National Army if they keep attacking Al Serraj’s forces (watch, runtime: 11:22). Yahduth Fi Misr’s Sherif Amer also took note of the developments (watch, runtime: 1:21).

This places more pressure on Sunday’s Berlin conference to seal a peace agreement: Min Masr’s Reham Ibrahim noted the German government’s confirmation yesterday that a peace conference will take place in Berlin on Sunday. Al Serraj, Haftar, and representatives from the US, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, China, Italy, UK, UN and EU will attend the summit (watch, runtime: 0:35), Ibrahim and co-host Amr Khalil phoned the former assistant foreign minister Mohamed Hegazy, who predicted that the conference will back a ceasefire but warned that this will be final chance for the international community to back a political solution (watch, runtime: 6:48).

Italian PM talks Libya with El Sisi: The events in Moscow came as President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte affirmed their commitment to a political settlement in Libya during talks in Cairo, Assal noted (watch, runtime: 4:09). Conte also discussed the latest developments related to the ongoing investigations into the 2016 murder of Italian PhD student Giulio Regeni, Min Masr’s Amr Khalil (watch, runtime: 3:13).

Nothing new on the GERD front: Officials are continuing to remain tight-lipped on the status of the ongoing US/World Bank-sponsored GERD talks in Washington. Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal noted that Egyptian, Ethiopian and Sudanese ministers gathered for the second day yesterday, but provided nothing in the way of new information (watch, runtime: 1:43). The talks, which enter their final day today, were organized by the US and the World Bank last year in an attempt to forge an agreement between the countries over the timeline for filling and operating the dam.Yahduth Fi Misr’s Sherif Amer (watch, runtime: 2:01).

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