Last Night’s Talk Shows on 5 January 2021
The prospect of rapprochement with Qatar + the natgas transition plan stole the limelight on the airwaves last night. We have the full stories above.
Egypt is willing to end the dispute, provided Qatar stops meddling in its internal affairs. This was Amr Adib’s take on the most recent Ittihadiya statement on the matter (watch, runtime: 2:46). The Sisi administration welcomes the “sincere intentions” to end the rift, including the Kuwaiti mediation efforts, said the El Hekaya host, who was in full-on Qatar mode for much of last night. Saudi reporter Jasser Al Jasser (watch, runtime: 8:00) and Egyptian journalist Emad El Din Adib told Adib that Saudi Arabia is speaking for all four members of the quartet in its intent to secure an agreement.
Rapprochement with Qatar is a last ditch attempt by the Trump administration to score a foreign policy win, Adib said. Qatari lobbyists were also apparently successful in getting on the right side of Washington and convincing it to push for agreement, he added.
Tap / click here for the full conversation between the two Adib brothers (runtime: 21:18).
Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa, meanwhile, says that Egypt will not restore ties with Qatar — and that we won’t be attending today’s summit (watch, runtime: 10:57). Moussa put together bits and pieces of recent comments by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and argued that it would be a mistake to believe that Qatar will stop “conspiring against the country.”
The expo to publicise the government’s natural gas plans was another popular topic among the talking heads last night. Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hossary took note of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s inauguration of the three-day event (watch, runtime: 6:55), while Trade Minister Nevine Gamea told Al Hayah Al Youm that the private sector is the state’s “main partner” in the plans, without elaborating (watch, runtime: 8:08). Gamea gave the talk show host the broad strokes of the multi-year program, which we detail in the story above.