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Thursday, 3 September 2020

El Sisi, Netanyahu discuss UAE-Israel normalization accord

Topping diplomatic coverage this morning: A phone call between President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on the recent UAE-Israel diplomatic breakthrough.

El Sisi welcomed news of the normalization agreement, according to an Ittihadiya statement, but cautioned Netanyahu against unilaterally seizing parts of the Palestinian West Bank, warning that any attempt to annex settlements would jeopardize chances of finding a peaceful solution to the decades-long conflict. This story is getting plenty of attention in the foreign press: AFP | The National | Jerusalem Post | Xinhua.

Seven Egyptian construction companies are eyeing projects in Iraq: Arab Contractors, Petrojet, Talaat Moustafa, are among seven companies that have received preliminary approval to begin a variety of housing and infrastructure construction projects in Iraq, Hassan Abdel Aziz, President of the African Union of Construction and Building Contractors told Al Mal. The companies discussed energy, sanitation, road and housing development projects in a series of meetings between Housing Minister Assem El Gazzar and Iraqi Contractors Union president, Ali Al Sanafi — who expressed an interest in contracting Egyptian companies.

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