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Sunday, 11 April 2021

Egypt in the News on 11 April 2021

Dominating the conversation on Egypt in the foreign press this morning: The historic archaeology reveal outside Luxor last week that saw Egypt’s very own Indiana Jones unveil a 3k year-old city dating back to the golden era of ancient Egyptian civilization. Everyone from the Associated Press and the National Geographic to Bloomberg and the New York Times is taking note. We have more on the finding in this morning’s On Your Way Out, below.

The Suez Canal saga is still on everyone’s mind: The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg both noted SCA head Osama Rabie’s comments on the Ever Given last week (see this morning’s Suez Canal story for more), while Reuters is debunking a QAnon conspiracy theory that the Clinton Foundation was behind the jam that roiled global trade. The Irish Times, meanwhile, has a history lesson on how the canal revolutionized shipping from East to West.

A clash that pits Egypt and Sudan against Ethiopia could jeopardize the stability of Northeast Africa at large, writes Amr Adly for Bloomberg Opinion, with the impasse threatening to develop into an extended regional cold war. Tensions over GERD have risen in recent weeks, with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi warning Ethiopia that Egypt would consider “all options'' to protect its water share, while MPs signalled a military conflict was not out of the question.

Also making headlines:

  • The East Mediterranean Gas Forum is prompting Ankara to to mend its relationship with Cairo for a seat at the table, and a piece of the region’s natgas reserves (EUobserver)
  • Egypt-born architect Hani Rashid underscores the importance of societies retaining their distinctive cultural identity and translating that through architecture and design. (Arab News)

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