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Thursday, 5 March 2020

Talk shows rebuke Qatar, cover joint Arab FMs’ statement on GERD

Tit for Qatari tat? Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal spoke by phone with cabinet spokesman Nader Saad who said that at a cabinet meeting today it was decided that in light of Qatar’s decision to ban Egyptians from entering the country over covid-19 fears, Egypt would reciprocate and bar Qataris from Egypt. Saad said that the ban extends to those holding a valid Egyptian residency, and will go into effect tomorrow (watch, runtime: 2:20). Min Masr’s Amr Khalil had the same report (watch, runtime: 8:30).

Arab foreign ministers back Egypt, Sudan over GERD: Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal covered the Arab League’s foreign ministers’ joint statement expressing solidarity with Egypt and Sudan, and affirming their “historical rights” to their fair share of Nile water, in response to the latest Ethiopia-Egypt dispute over the Grand Renaissance Ethiopian Dam (watch, runtime: 2:21). Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary carried the same report (watch, runtime: 1:27).

Ashmawy executed: Assal also covered the announcement of the execution of Hisham Al Ashmawy, the former special forces officer who carried out several attacks that killed dozens of officers and was twice sentenced to death in absentia in military and civilian courts (watch, runtime: 7:40). El Hosary (watch, runtime: 0:18), and Khalil (watch, runtime: 1:17) also covered the news.

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