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Sunday, 28 February 2021

Egypt in the News on 28 February 2021

It’s a mixed bag of nothing and everything for Egypt in the foreign press this morning. A handful of stories to keep on your radar:

  • Human rights: The Biden administration should focus on financing local development programs rather than threatening to cut funding and arms supplies if it wants to improve Egypt’s human rights situation, argues David Ignatius in the Washington Post.
  • Tunisian farmers don’t like Egypt right now: Controversy over imported Egyptian agricultural products is sparking demonstrations by Tunisian farmers, who say a flood of Egyptian products in the local market is harming domestic industry, the Arab Weekly reports.
  • President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s recent directive to attract more traffic to the Suez Canal through “flexible marketing” is “critical” to help Egypt offset foregone FX income from tourism, Bloomberg says.
  • A proposal to omit Quranic verses and hadiths narrated by Prophet Mohamed from the national curriculum has caused uproar and prompted diverging opinions from Islamic scholars and political figures to emerge, Al Monitor reports.
  • And finally: The 25 January Revolution is still getting ink. (The Telegraph | France24)

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