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Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Diplomacy + Foreign Trade on 26 August 2020

Regional politics — particularly tensions in Libya — are the order of the day on the diplomatic front this morning.

Egypt is not in favor of withdrawing Libyan National Army (LNA) forces from the strategic Libyan cities of Sirte and Jufra and turning them into demilitarized zones, Military Intelligence head Khaled Megawer said last week during a meeting with General Khalifa Haftar, Al Monitor reports. Egypt also stressed its rejection of a proposal to divide Libyan territories.

Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq commit to boosting coordination on Libya: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, Jordan’s King Abdullah, and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi agreed during a trilateral summit in Amman yesterday to cooperate on reaching a political resolution to the situation in Libya, Ittihadiya said. The three leaders also touched on expanding economic, energy, and infrastructure cooperation and joint investments, as well as regional developments in Syria and Yemen.

And speaking of Iraq: Baghdad wants to lean on Egyptian construction companies to help with its post-war reconstruction efforts, Iraqi Contractors Federation Chairman Ali Senafi told Housing Minister Assem El Gazzar yesterday.

Closer to home, Ethiopia and Sudan agreed yesterday to step up efforts to reach an agreement with Egypt on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, according to a statement cited by Reuters. The ongoing talks, which seek an agreement on rules to operate and fill the dam, should position GERD as an instrument that promotes regional integration, the two sides said.

The Armed Forces and the Texas Military Department plan to sign a long-term agreement that will see Egypt join the State Partnership Program and cooperate with the Texas-based national guard to conduct joint training exercises, the US embassy in Cairo said.

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