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Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Last Night’s Talk Shows: The unofficial Saudi edition

It was Saudi Arabia-mania on the airwaves last night: News of the USD 7 bn and more in investment agreements signed between Egypt and Saudi Arabia on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to Cairo dominated the airwaves last night. Kelma Akhira (watch, runtime: 14:48), Masa’a DMC (watch, runtime: 7:43), and Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 6:16) were among those with in-depth coverage.

A privatization tie-in: Almost all the agreements signed yesterday were between private Egyptian and Saudi firms, General Authority for Investment and Freezones (GAFI) chief Mohamed Abdel Wahab told Kelma Akhira’s Lamis El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 14:48). The state’s role was to “witness and support,” Abdel Wahab said.

The fresh economic agreements are a “natural outcome of historical trade relations between the two countries,” Saudi Ambassador to Cairo Osama El Nokaly told Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa (watch, runtime: 6:16).

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