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Sunday, 5 September 2021

Last Night’s Talk Shows: The Egyptian-Cypriot summit and a potential revival of the Arab Gas Pipeline

Diplomacy dominated the airwaves on last night’s talk shows, following President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s bilateral talks with his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades to strengthen relations between the two countries in various fields. The two also discussed coordinating on regional issues, chief among them the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, developments in the Libyan crisis, ways to revive negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). El Hekaya (watch, runtime: 1:41), Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 4:40|10:23), Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 5:45) and Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 27:42) all took an interest in the topic.

In the same vein, the talk shows also picked up on efforts to revive the Arab Gas Pipeline project. Agreements were signed on the project back in 2000, but it was never completed due to several terrorist attacks in recent years. Syria also agreed to a Lebanese request to transport Egyptian gas and Jordanian electricity across Syrian land. Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 27:42) and El Hekaya (watch, runtime: 1:18 | 2:47 | 3:17) had the story.

Meanwhile, Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi broadcast an excerpt of her interview with Health Minister Hala Zayed on the most important issues in the healthcare sector (watch, runtime: 2:52). The rest of the interview will be broadcast over two subsequent episodes.

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