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Monday, 28 December 2020

Around the world on 28 December 2020: Covid relief in the US, Egyptian delegation in Tripoli for first talks with GNA since 2014

After a weekend of high-stakes brinksmanship, mns of US citizens will get extended covid relief benefits and the Federal government will stay open past today. The news came overnight as Agent Orange finally signed a covid relief bill that he had refused to touch all weekend, tweeting, “Good news on Covid Relief Bill. Information to follow.” The story is getting serious play in the NYT and WSJ.

Closer to home, Egyptian security officials are in Libya’s capital for the first time since 2014 for talks with the Government of National Accord, rivals to the Egypt and UAE-backed forces of Haftar Khalifa in the east. The report also suggests security officials will also have a look at Egypt’s embassy in Tripoli, which has been closed since 2014. Their visit comes one week after intelligence chief Abbas Kamel was in Libya to meet with the GNA.

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