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Monday, 16 August 2021

CIA chief’s meeting with El Sisi keeps the talking heads occupied

El Sisi’s meeting with the head of the US Central Intelligence Agency took center stage on the airwaves last night. The talking heads fixated on President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s sit-down yesterday with CIA chief William Burns, during which the two discussed everything from tensions in the Eastern Med to Afghanistan, Israel-Palestine, Libya and, of course, Ethiopia and its dam, according to an Ittihadeya statement. The meeting — attended by intelligence chief Abbas Kamel — saw the two discussing the latest developments on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, as well as the situation in Afghanistan and the crisis in Libya. Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 1:59), Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 3:03) and Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 1:42) are among those who took note of the meeting.

Coming in second place: Sada El Balad’s Ahmed Moussa’s sitdown with Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi, who said that Egypt is looking to snag a total of 10 medals in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, four of which would be gold (watch, runtime: 3:53). Sobhi believes that Egypt can break into the top 10 in the Olympic rankings by 2028, especially with the recent progress in swimming and athletics. The minister also hailed the historic victories by Egyptian athletes in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, adding that Egyptian banks had provided EGP 35 mn in funding to support local participants in this round of the games (watch, runtime: 10:24).

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