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Sunday, 7 November 2021

Al Burhan sought Egypt’s approval for Sudan coup, reports WSJ

It’s a mixed bag of nuts in the foreign press this morning: The Wall Street Journal reports that Sudanese military chief Abdel Fattah Al Burhan sought Egypt’s backing before launching the coup against civilian leaders last month. Three unnamed sources tell the newspaper that Al Burhan flew to Egypt for talks with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi the day before dissolving the joint civilian-military council governing the country and arresting the prime minister and several cabinet ministers.

Two reporters managed to briefly interview Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel on the sidelines of COP26, asking about Egypt-Israeli relations as well as ongoing negotiations for ceasefire and prisoner swap agreements between Palestine and Israel. Abbas, who rarely talks to the media, said he will visit Israel and the West Bank in the coming weeks for talks on restarting political dialogue between the two sides, according to Axios.

The state of emergency continues to get attention, this time from the UK Independent which criticizes the new national security powers passed by lawmakers last week, just a few days after the emergency law was lifted.

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