Last Night’s Talk Shows on 4 March 2021
Diplomacy continued to reign supreme on the airwaves, as the talking heads dove into everything from Turkey to Qatar to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. We have the latest and greatest on all of this in Diplomacy, above.
Restoring our ties with Qatar is all well and good, but Doha should remember why we cut them in the first place and that there were serious issues behind the decision, Al Hayah Al Youm’s Mohamed Sherdy said (watch, runtime: 2:32). Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa, meanwhile, has apparently become a licensed body language interpreter, taking a picture of Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Qatar’s Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani as evidence of Egypt still not being happy with Qatar (watch, runtime: 6:39).
Ahmed Aboul Gheit was reappointed as the Arab League’s secretary general for a second five-year term, state-run news agency MENA said. Aboul Gheit’s second term comes as Egypt and the wider league push to resolve longstanding conflicts in the Arab world, including in Syria and Libya, Yahduth fi Misr’s Sherif Amer said (watch, runtime: 3:03). Sherdy echoed Amer’s thoughts, pointing also to Egypt’s push to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks (watch, runtime: 1:09).