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Sunday, 21 June 2020

Politics + diplomacy reign supreme on Egypt’s airwaves

Politics and diplomacy reigned supreme on the airwaves last night as the talking heads digested the situations unfolding with Libya and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). We have chapter and verse on both stories in this morning’s Speed Round, below.

Egypt’s potential intervention in Libya would be based on a request from Libya’s parliament, Libyan National Army official Khaled Al Mahjoub told Al Kahera Alaan’s Lamees El Hadidi. Al Mahjoub railed against Turkey’s intervention in Libya, saying Ankara has been using mercenaries to control the country’s oil resources (watch, runtime: 58:20). El Hekaya’s Amr Adib praised the international support for Egypt’s position (watch, runtime: 0:50).

Egypt has turned to the UN Security Council to resolve the gridlock over GERD, not to impose punitive measures on Ethiopia, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry explained to Khaled Abu Bakr. The move comes as Cairo wants to diffuse tensions and encourage a mutually satisfactory agreement on the dam (watch, runtime: 5:35). Amr Adib (watch, runtime: 4:09) and Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary (watch, runtime: 6:29) both took note.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Tarek Shawki recapped preparations for the Thanaweya Amma exams set to begin today, telling Adib that the ministry will distribute face masks to students and proctors (watch, runtime: 3:17).

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