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Sunday, 23 May 2021

Last Night’s Talk Shows: Diplomacy, black fungus, and manufacturing our first EV

The Egypt-brokered ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was in the limelight on last night’s talk shows. Egyptian Center for Strategic Studies Deputy Director Maj. Gen. Mohamed Ibrahim El Dewery explained to Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi how Egypt mediated the ceasefire, noting that Cairo’s involvement in the issue began with Israel’s ethnic cleansing campaign in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah before Israel and Hamas began exchanging fire (watch, runtime: 13:41). Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa also recapped the incidents and said that Egypt’s success has received global praise (watch, runtime: 2:07).

What now? Palestine needs to move towards holding legislative elections as soon as possible to set up a strong, united front moving forward, particularly as Israeli airstrikes in Gaza resulted in an “unprecedented” sense of unity among Palestinians, Palestinian politician and activist Mostafa Barghouti said (watch, runtime: 10:29). The ceasefire is a “golden opportunity” for Egypt to leverage its diplomatic momentum to find a permanent solution to the Palestinian crisis, after proving its chops at managing a short-term crisis, Lamees said (watch, runtime: 3:17).

Egypt’s humanitarian aid also got coverage from Al Hayah Al Youm’s Mohamed Sherdy (watch, runtime: 5:05).

Also on the airwaves last night:

  • Health Ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed tried to explain how black fungus — a type of fungal infection — differs from covid-19. The infection is not caused by covid-19, but is more likely to be lethal for individuals recovering from covid-19 and others with weak immune systems, Megahed said. (Ahmed Moussa on Ala Mas’ouleety | watch, runtime: 20:54)
  • Public Enterprises Minister Hisham Tawfik recapped Egypt’s planned production of El Nasr-Dongfeng’s electric vehicles, the first 100 of which will be ready to hit the road by 2022. (Amr Adib on El Hekaya | watch, runtime: 12:15)

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