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Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Train crash #14,067 of 2021 dominates the talk shows on 22 June 2021

Last night’s train crash in Helwan led the talk shows: At least two people were killed and six others injured after a freight train collided with two microbuses overnight in Helwan, the Health Ministry said in a statement. One of the microbuses appears to have parked “too close” to the rail line near a high-density town when the train smashed into it and grazed the other vehicle, the Railway Authority said. The Public Prosecution has ordered an investigation into the causes of the crash.

Transport Minister Kamel El Wazir dropped into El Hekaya to explain the events and blamed illegal construction encroaching on rail lines for contributing to the accident (watch, runtime: 2:23). President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has ordered the removal of all illegal buildings along rail lines across the country and told officials to compensate residents, he said (watch, runtime: 1:08). Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 33:52 | 39:21), Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 1:27) and Al Qahera Wel Nas (watch, runtime: 2:10) also had coverage.

2021 hasn’t been good to Egypt’s railways: Yesterday’s collision makes even clearer the problems faced by Egypt’s railways, which earlier this year witnessed four fatal accidents in the space of a month.

Elsewhere, politics got a look-in: Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was in Cairo for talks with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly, his joint press conference with El Sisi got the attention of most of the nation’s talking heads. The presser saw both sides agreeing to push ahead plans for linking our electricity grid to that of Greece and Cyprus. There are ongoing studies for ways to expand the interconnection project’s capacity to generate up to 600 MW of electricity, and negotiations are underway for an agreement between the two countries in the near future, Electricity Ministry spokesman Ayman Hamza said in a phone-in to Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 32:40) last night. El Hekaya (watch, runtime: 10:10), Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 4:01) and Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 4:07) also covered the presser.

It wouldn’t be a night of Egyptian talk shows with GERD getting a mention: The EU’s special representative for Sudan, Pekka Haavisto, issued a statement yesterday calling on Ethiopia to re-negotiate with Egypt and Sudan on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, and at least reach an interim settlement agreement before the rainy season begins in a few weeks. Haavisto’s statement shows that the EU, along with the African Union and UN, back Cairo and Khartoum’s position in the dispute and will not allow harm to befall them, former Assistant Foreign Minister Mohamed Hegazy told Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 7:04).

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