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Sunday, 13 November 2022

El Sisi-Biden meeting leads the conversation on the talk shows

President El Sisi’s tête-à-tête with Biden on Friday dominated the conversation on the airwaves last night, with El Hekaya’s Amr Adib praising El Sisi’s “pre-emptive step” of raising the thorny human rights subject during the meeting (watch, runtime: 1:16) and Kelma Akhira’s El Lamees Hadidi turning body-language expert and analyzing the photo of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walking arm-in-arm with El Sisi (watch, runtime: 4:06). The sit-down is also getting coverage from Masa’a DMC (watch, runtime: 13:04), Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 2:33), and Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 13:15), who featured an interview with the State Department’s regional spokesperson (and Cairo veteran) Sam Werberg (watch, runtime: 3:08 | 3:35).

There was plenty of coverage of the conference: The launch of the Decent Life Initiative for a Climate Resilient Africa by 2030 is got a mention by Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 8:09) and Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 1:46). The launch of Brain Trust Africa by financial institutions is getting a note by Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 3:01), as did the second day of the Saudi Green Initiative Forum (SGIForum) on the sidelines of COP (watch, runtime: 2:14). Meanwhile, El Hadidi said that Egypt has signed MoUs worth USD 23.6 bn during the summit so far in a segment highlighting how COP is benefiting Egypt and defending the large amounts of money that have spent preparing Sharm El Sheikh (watch, runtime: 3:44).

And more rebuttals to Western criticism: El Hadidi fended off accusations by Western media that food and drink was in short supply at the summit by speaking about her experiences at COP26 in Glasgow and accusing journalists of “exaggerating the problem” (watch, runtime: 5:22).

11/11: Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa expressed his happiness that protests failed to materialize on Friday and thanked his viewers for staying at home (watch, runtime: 4:22). El Hekaya (watch, runtime: 3:36) and Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 4:07) also took note of the calls to protest being snubbed.

A deadly crash that killed at least 21 people and injured eight others after a bus derailed into Dakahliya’s Mansuriya canal is also getting coverage. The region’s governor, Ayman Mokhtar, said that the bus driver has been arrested and tested positive for narcotics. Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 4:27), Kelma Akhira (watch, runtime: 1:01) and others had coverage. The accident is getting international coverage from outlets ranging from Reuters and the Associated Press to Al Arabiya, among others.

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