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Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Athens summit, fertilizers boom were enough to keep the talking heads busy

Egypt’s strides toward becoming a significant exporter of electrical power kept the talking heads busy, with the late night shows all taking note of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s activities during the closing day of the Egypt-Greece-Cyprus summit in Athens yesterday. Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidy and Al Hayah Al Youm’s Moustafa Sherdy both aired highlights of El Sisi’s speech at the summit (watch, runtime: 1:40 and runtime: 2:16), while Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa had a few things to say on Turkey possibly feeling bad for being left out from the regional conversation (watch, runtime: 4:02), noting that the summit paves the way for Egypt to emerge as an energy exporter to Europe (runtime: 1:58). We have more on this story in Energy, above.

Also on the airwaves last night: Moussa gave a rundown of issues facing Egyptian farmers, who’ve been hit by soaring fertilizer prices and shortages (watch, runtime: 8:18). The talk show host says the situation requires presidential intervention, shortly after Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly yesterday ordered setting up a working group to look at ways to resolve the issue.

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