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Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Regional summit in New Alamein continues leads airwaves

The five-country regional summit taking place in New Alamein continued to take priority on the airwaves last night, with Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 6:54) and Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 2:01) both giving the event some airtime.

What the talking heads really wanted you to know: The coverage was full of talk of “unity,” “partnership” and “coordination” between the participating countries, a notable contrast in discourse from what’s going on in the global political order, which is facing its most serious schism since the Cold War as tensions between the US, Russia and China mount. Leading the charge into relentless optimism was deputy foreign minister Mohamed Hegazy, who described the summit as a “beacon of hope” for future Arab relations on Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 3:32). “I expect that ‘togetherness’ could be the headline [for Arab relations] for the foreseeable future, investing together, building together, celebrating together, and working on projects together,” he said.

The summit could deliver more investment from regional allies: “The two-day summit will advance Arab partnerships in the face of challenging global conditions,” former foreign minister Mohamed Orabi told Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 5:07). The location of the summit — New Alamein — also allows regional leaders to see firsthand the types of development taking place in Egypt, which can in itself help attract investments and economic cooperation, he said.

Egypt hasn’t given up getting the Security Council onto its side on GERD: “Egypt is working to involve the international community in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) dispute through its appeal to the UN Security Council,” Hegazy told Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa (watch, runtime: 5:14). The country recently protested Ethiopia’s third filling of the dam in an appeal to the council, though various countries — including the UAE and the US — have been calling on Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to continue with the African Union-led negotiations.

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