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Sunday, 19 January 2020

Last night’s talk shows for Saturday 18 January 2020

It was all about the international scene on talk shows last night, from Berlin to Libya and Ethiopia.

El Sisi in Berlin for Libyan peace talks: Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal reported President Abdel Fattah El Sisi's arrival in Berlin for a peace conference on Libya. World leaders including Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Turkey’s Recep Erdogan and France’s Emmanuel Macron, as well as to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, will all be in attendance (watch, runtime: 2:33).

What are the prospects of peace? El Hekaya’s Amr Adib rang up Hussein Kneiber, a Berlin-based reporter for Al Arabiya, who said that the conference would focus on disarming the militias through a Libyan security committee, in addition to forming an international committee to supervise the implementation of a ceasefire. Kneiber did not sound very optimistic about the outcome, saying that there are limited expectations for this conference given that there may not be direct talks between the two Libyan rivals Fayez Al Serraj and General Khalifa Haftar (watch, runtime: 2:43).

Adib also spoke with the spokesman for Haftar’s Libyan National Army, Maj. Gen. Ahmed Al Mismari, who spoke on his decision to shut down Libyan oil ports at Brega, Ras Lanuf, Hariga, Zueitina and Sidra. Al Mismari claimed that closing the ports would protect the country from external interference (watch, runtime: 2:48).

Optimism for GERD agreement with Ethiopia: Former Irrigation Minister Mohamed Nasr Eldin Allam told Adib that he remains cautiously optimistic after agreement during last week’s talks in Washington to the initial phase of filling the dam’s reservoir. The ministers will meet in Washington again on 28 and 29 January to finalize an agreement (watch, runtime: 8:02).

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