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Sunday, 6 February 2022

Last Night’s Talk Shows: Sisi meets Xi at Winter Olympics + fuel price hikes

It was a mixed bag on last night’s talk shows, with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s visit to Beijing for the Winter Olympics, hikes to fuel prices, and the death of a Moroccan boy who was trapped in a well for five days all getting picked up by the talking heads.

El Sisi’s meeting with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Beijing Winter Olympics earned some airtime from Al Hayah Al Youm’s Loubna Assal (watch, runtime: 9:43), who discussed the diplomatic weight of the visit on a phone call with former assistant foreign minister Mohamed Hegazy. We have more on El Sisi and Xi’s meeting in this morning’s Diplomacy section, above.

Fuel price hikes also earned coverage from Assal (watch, runtime: 3:19), who noted the importance of Friday’s decision to keep diesel prices on hold to minimize the impact on inflation. We have more on the story in our Energy section, above.

The death in Morocco of a five-year-old boy who had fallen down a well was covered by Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 0:47) and El Hekaya’s Amr Adib (watch, runtime: 1:46). Rescuers spent five days tunneling a path through the hillside where Rayan Awram was trapped, but he passed away before they were able to reach him late last night.

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