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Monday, 25 July 2022

Lavrov’s trip to Cairo dominates the conversation in the foreign press

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Cairo yesterday is dominating the conversation on Egypt in the international press this morning. We have the full story in Diplomacy, above

The family of high-profile activist Alaa Abdel Fattah have accused UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss of ignoring his case since launching her bid on 11 July to succeed Boris Johnson as Conservative party leader, according to the Guardian. The case of Alaa, now a UK national and on hunger strike since April, has drawn significant attention from the international press in recent months. A member of the presidential pardons commission suggested earlier this month that Alaa could be pardoned, though we haven’t heard anything on that since.

The plight of Egypt’s small farmers is getting attention: Despite growing nearly half of the country’s crops, Egypt’s small farms are struggling to make ends meet, often forced to sell their output at a loss because of their debt and difficulties with fragmented infrastructure, AFP reports.

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