Last Night’s Talk Shows on 31 May 2021
Egypt’s diplomatic blitz in Israel and Palestine yesterday got the headline treatment on the nation’s airwaves last night: Israeli FM Gabi Ashkenazi’s visit to Cairo — the first official visit by an Israeli foreign minister in 13 years — and Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel’s back-to-back visits to Tel Avivi and Ramallah took much of the limelight. Egyptian Center for Strategic Studies’ head Khaled Okasha told Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi that the meetings were evidence of Egypt’s influential role on the international stage (watch, runtime: 2:43). El Hekaya (watch, runtime: 2:14), Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 3:13) and Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 2:58) also covered the meetings.
The end of lockdown-lite: The government’s decision to loosen some covid restrictions got coverage across the airwaves last night. Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 10:58), Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 6:56), Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 21:54) and Kelma Akhira (watch, runtime: 2:52) all had coverage. We have the full story in this morning’s Covid Watch, above.
Also on the airwaves last night:
- More threats over the Ever Given: The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) could unilaterally sell cargo aboard the Ever Given as compensation in case the Ismailia Economic Court rules in favor of the vessel’s owners on 20 June, member of the SCA’s negotiation team Mohamed Sayed said. (El Hekaya | watch, runtime: 5:02)
- A stuck record on Ala Mas’ouleety: Ahmed Moussa gave more coverage to the GERD dispute, last night accusing Ethiopia of “malicious intentions” toward the countries downstream of the Nile (Ala Mas’ouleety | watch, runtime: 7:27).