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Wednesday, 22 July 2020

GERD summit top story on talk shows

School tuition fees, GERD and thwarted terror attack all headlined the talk shows last night.

GERD negotiations are now talks about talks: Ala Mas'ouleety's Ahmed Moussa spoke with Alaa Al Zawahiri, a member of Egypt's technical team in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) talks, who discussed the virtual summit yesterday between the leaders of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan. He noted the Ittihadiya statement which said the sides were committed to more talks to reach a legally binding agreement on the filling and operating of the dam (watch, runtime: 19:52), Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan spoke with Mohamed Hegazy, the former assistant to the foreign minister, to discuss the summit and its outcome (watch, runtime: 11:05). Yahduth Fi Misr’s Sherif Amer also covered the statement (watch, runtime: 3:47). We have more coverage of the GERD summit in this morning’s Speed Round, below.

The thwarted terrorist attack was all over the airwaves: Yahduth Fi Misr’s Sherif Amer (watch, runtime: 1:54), Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan (watch, runtime: 12:39), and Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa (watch, runtime: 1:53) all covered the army’s announcement (warning: graphic content) that it had foiled an attempted terrorist attack on a security directorate in north Sinai’s Bir El Abd area, killing 18 terrorists. Two army personnel were killed and four others wounded in the attack.

Immigration minister discusses repatriation, Senate elections: Ala Mas'ouleety's Ahmed Moussa spoke with Immigration Minister Nabila Makram, who discussed repatriating Egyptians in Gulf states. She said that the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait each had their own set of regulations for allowing workers to return, and that the ministry was advising Egyptians on where to take PCR tests that are required for boarding flights. Makram also discussed the upcoming Senate elections, and how Egyptians abroad are eligible to vote, which includes registering with the National Elections Authority from 25-31 July (watch, runtime: 15:30). Radwan also covered the voting process for Egyptian abroad (watch, runtime: 2:23).

Red Sea governorate makes progress on covid: Amer spoke with the Red Sea governor Amr Hanafi, who discussed the governorate announcing zero covid-19 cases over 24 hours for the first time since the pandemic began (watch, runtime: 1:33).

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