Last Night’s Talk Shows on 10 February 2021
The agreement on Palestinian elections was the big news of the night, with Fatah Secretary Jibril Rajoub explaining the terms of the agreement to Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi. Egypt will act as guarantor to the implementation of the binding agreement, and will oversee the process on the ground, Rajoub said (watch, runtime: 13:33). Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan also had the story (watch, runtime: 2:11).
We can’t believe we’re saying this, but one of the bigger highlights on the airwaves came out of Ala Mas’ouleety with Ahmed Moussa, who had a chat with Christiaan James, a spokesperson from the US State Department. The US will renew its efforts to mediate negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and is committed to ongoing cooperation with Cairo on counterterrorism, he said. James affirmed US President Joe Biden’s support for a two-state solution between Palestine and Israel, as well as the US’ rejection of foreign military intervention in Libya. James also touched on the situation in Yemen and Washington’s plans to address the threat Iran poses “not just to the region or to the US, but to the whole world.” You can watch the full interview here (runtime: 17:19).
Also getting airtime: The new Traffic Law amendments approved by parliament, which MPs apparently have mixed feelings about. Rep. Soliman Wahdan told Yahduth fi Misr’s Sherif Amer he doesn’t think it’s the best idea to slap new fees when citizens’ pockets are feeling the pinch from covid-19 (watch, runtime: 1:30), while Rep. Yehia El Kedwani says the increase in fees is negligible and will pay off in the long term (watch, runtime: 6:42). Al Hayah Al Youm’s Mohamed Sherdy also got more details on the fees from Rep. Amr Younis (watch, runtime: 4:10).