This Week in Egypt: Week 25-2022 ( June 20-26)

Top Headlines

  • US held a secret meeting with Isaeli and Arab military chiefs in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh 
  • Saudi crown prince lands in Egypt on start of regional tour
  • Qatar’s Tamim to visit Egypt for first time since boycott
  • 5th trilateral meeting of Greek, Cypriot, and Egyptian defence ministers in Cairo  
  • Egyptian trade delegation makes rare visit to Israel
  • Egypt’s Central Bank keeps interest rates unchanged
  • Egypt’s strategic wheat reserves sufficient for 5.7 months
  • Telecom Egypt to connect to Greece after new subsea agreement
  • Egypt to convert the largest government building in Cairo into a luxury hotel 

Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Saudi Arabia’s Jamjoom Pharma launches new factory in Egypt
  • Egypt converts the largest government building in Cairo into a luxury hotel
  • Prosecution refers suspect to trial in Mansoura student murder 

Thursday

  • Egypt’s Central Bank keeps interest rates unchanged
  • Greek-Egyptian deal on underwater cable 
  • Liz Truss vows to help free British-Egyptian activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah on hunger strike

Friday

  • Emir of Qatar to visit Egypt for first time since boycott
  • A new Egypt deal with IMF likely to be four-year EFF loan

Saturday

Sunday

Reports

  • Egypt’s Sisi, Arab leaders coordinate positions ahead of Biden visit. Ahmed Gomaa
  • Egypt plans to use ruble in trade with Russia. Mohamed Sabry
  • Egypt looks to Somalia for more influence in Red Sea, Nile dam dispute. Mohamed Saied
  • A woman’s brutal murder shocks the Arab world.  CNN

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This Week in Egypt: Week 24-2022 ( June 13-19)

Top Headlines

  • Egypt, EU and Israel sign agreement to export natural gas to Europe
  • Lebanon will sign a “final” agreement to import gas from Egypt on June 21 
  • Washington announces Biden’s participation in Jeddah summit, with Gulf Cooperation Council plus Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan
  • Saudi crown prince to visit Egypt June 20 on regional tour
  • UN-brokered talks on Libya’s constitution resume in Cairo
  • Egypt, Bahrain and Jordan leaders meet in Sharm El Sheikh
  • Israeli officials are cautioning against visiting UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, and Egypt, in addition to the existing travel warning to Turkey

Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Washington announces Biden’s participation in Jeddah summit, with Gulf Cooperation Council plus Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan
  • Egypt, EU, and Israel sign agreement to export natural gas to Europe 
  • EU provides $104 million to Egypt to cope with rising food prices
  • Celebrities urge Liz Truss to secure release of Briton in Egyptian jail

Thursday

  • Egypt lifts all COVID-19-related restrictions on arrivals 
  • Putin is ‘another Hitler in the making,’ Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris says

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Reports

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  • Devastating result of Turkey’s Blue Homeland: Egypt becomes an energy hub. Fatih Yurtsever

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This Week in Egypt: Week 23-2022 ( June 6-12)

Top Headlines

  • EU proposes natural gas import deal with Egypt and Israel
  • Egypt receives 63,000 tonnes of wheat from France
  • Egypt’s Grand Mufti approves death sentence for the murderer of Coptic priest
  • Egypt’s Sisi, Yemeni president discuss maritime security in Red Sea
  • Egyptian court sentences man to death for killing Coptic priest
  • Vertebra of 98 million-year-old dinosaur is discovered in Egypt’s Western desert

Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Israel rejects U.S. proposal for a five-way summit between Israel, the PA, the U.S., Egypt and Jordan
  • Egypt FM and president-designate of COP27 meets world officials at Bonn UN climate conference
  • Egyptian former squash world No 1 switches to represent England

Thursday

Friday

  • Ethiopia says willing to resume dam talks with Egypt, Sudan 
  • Two Egyptian students who were kidnapped in South Africa are released
  • Egypt will seek to recover antiquities seized from The Met in New York
  • Ethiopia stun Egypt in 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers 

Saturday

  • Vertebra of 98 million-year-old dinosaur is discovered in Egypt’s Western desert
  • 55,000 tonne of Indian wheat reaches Egypt, clears stringent quality tests 

Sunday

  • Egypt receives 63,000 tonnes of wheat from France
  • Egypt’s Sisi, Yemeni president discuss maritime security in Red Sea
  • Egyptian court sentences man to death for killing Coptic priest

Reports

  • Inflation in Egypt accelerate for a sixth straight month on the back of soaring global commodities prices and a recent currency devaluation. Mirette Magdy
  • Several scientists, engineers have voiced concerns over Ethiopian Dam’s structural integrity because of its location active tectonic region. Mohammed El-Said

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This Week in Egypt: Week 22-2022 (May 30- June 5)

Top Headlines

  • Egypt denies receiving substandard Indian wheat from Turkey 
  • Israel considers Saudi request to change status of two Red Sea islandsEgyptian and Polish presidents discuss liquefied gas supply and cooperation in Cairo
  • Court jails Egyptian former presidential candidate for 15 years
  • UAE-Egypt consortium set to buy African renewables firm Lekela
  •  Egypt uncovers large trove of ancient bronze statues and sarcophagi in Saqqara
  • Egypt to share 30 million shots of COVID vaccines with Africa

Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Unarmed drone, part of Egypt’s operations against ISIS in Sinai, crossed the border with Israel by mistake
  • Egypt awards eight gold and metal mining exploration licences
  • Egypt-bound travellers should register online after COVID declaration forms is cancelled, Egypt Air says

Thursday

Friday

  • First ministerial level visit of a Turkish official to Egypt is the latest narrowing in Egypt-Turkey rift 
  • UN condemns attack on peacekeeping convoy in Mali that killed 2 Egyptians

Saturday

  • Egypt denies receiving substandard Indian wheat from Turkey from Turkey
  • Naval forces from 6 Arab states including Egypt conclude Red Wave-5 joint drills

Sunday

Reports

  • War-driven race for food and gas converges on Arab Linchpin Egypt. Bloomberg 
  • How interest rate hikes affect Egypt’s economy. Ahmed Elleithy 

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  • Egypt’s remilitarized Sinai is a future powder keg. David Schenker
  •  Modernising Egypt’s air force. Ahmed Eleiba
  • The third filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will not pose a threat to Egypt’s water security this year

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This Week in Egypt: Week 21-2022 ( May 23- 29)

Due to travelling, I publish a shorter version of my Egypt’s newsletter. I will try to update if any further important news need to be added

Top Headlines

  • US State Department authorizes a proposed military sales for Egypt to purchase up to 23 Chinook helicopters
  • Ethiopia to start third filling of GERD in August with no delays
  • Egypt risks having its credit rating downgraded for the first time in almost a decade
  • Former head of Louvre has been charged in Egyptian artefacts trafficking case

Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

  • The US State Department authorizes a proposed military sales for Egypt to purchase up to 23 Chinook helicopters
  • The European Union is working on a deal to import Israeli gas through Egypt as the bloc rushes to reduce its reliance on Russian supplies

Friday

Saturday

  • Egypt risks having its credit rating downgrading for the first time in almost a decade
  • Sudan rejects Ethiopian remarks on planned unilateral GERD filling
  • A Somali teenager accused of killing a tuk-tuk driver who she alleged had tried to rape her has been released from custody in Egypt
  • Boy from Heaven: Tarik Saleh’s thrillerwhich depicts religious power struggles and corruption in Egypt, premiered at Cannes Film Festival

Sunday

Reports

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  • Egypt successfully restores its ceiling frescoes in the temple of Khnum in Esna
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This Week in Egypt: Week 20- 2022 ( May 16-22)

Top Headlines

  • Egypt raises bank rates again
  • Egypt’s Sisi approves law to increase state budget by 6 billion Egyptian pounds
  • Egyptian security forces foil suicide bombing attempt against checkpoint in North Sinai 
  • Israel and the EU have been in negotiations to export gas to Europe via Egypt
  • Jailed Egypt activist on hunger strike moved to a new prison
  • Court sentences man to death for murdering Coptic priest in Alexandria
  • New Egypt’s international airport to open in mid-July
  • Egypt launches National Climate Change Strategy 2050

Main Headlines

Monday

  • Egypt faces sharp rise in costs to finance proposed $30 billion deficit 
  • New report documents over 1,700 prisoners ‘rotated’ in remand detention in 4 years in Egypt
  • Uber raises prices in Egypt after fuel price hike 

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

 Sunday

Reports

Interview

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  • Three US Army veterans claim they saw UFOs along Israel-Egypt border in 2014
  • Egypt bids farewell to veteran actor Samir Sabry, aged 85
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This Week in Egypt: Week 19-2022 ( May 9-15)

Top Headlines

  • ISIS claimed responsibility for two successive attacks in Sinai 
  • Egypt and the United States eye counter-terrorism ties in wake of deadly Sinai attack 
  • US set to remove 5 groups from foreign terrorism blacklist, including 2 Islamist groups that have been active in Egypt
  • Egypt says government purchases exempted from India’s wheat exports ban
  • Egypt, Ethiopia compete for US support in Nile dam file
  • Egypt outlines broad plan to sell state assets

Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

 Thursday

  • Cairo sentences 25 to 15 years in prison, acquits 12 in Rabaa dispersal trial
  • Gold prices are down in Egypt amid uncertain economic outlook, expected dollar price hike

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

 Reports

Sports

  • Classy Mo Salah celebrate FA Cup win with former Egypt team-mate Zakaria who has ALS

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This Week in Egypt: Week 18-2022 ( May 2-8)

Top headlines 

  • At least 11 Egyptian troops were killed in a militant attack east of the Suez Canal
  • Egypt private sector activity continues contraction on Ukraine war
  • Egypt’s international reserves inch up slightly in April
  • BNP Paribas expects Egypt to raise interest rates by 200 bps
  • Egypt to delay sale of state company shares until September
  • Egyptian security forces arrested 13 boys after a video of them harassing tourists went viral
  • Cairo begins operating new automated garbage suctioning trucks

Main Headlines

Monday

  • U.S. State Department says death of Egyptian researcher requires investigation
  • European Bank set to approve $20m loan to Egypt’s CIB to support lending to women-led small and medium-sized enterprises
  • First direct flight between Israel, Egypt takes off
  • Alexandria home and museum of Greek poet C.P. Cavafy to be restored

Tuesday

  • Brazil plans ‘fertilizer diplomacy’ trip to North Africa, Jordan to secure more imports
  • Egypt’s Sisi pardons 986 inmates on Eid El-Fitr

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 Saturday

Egypt’s average daily Covid infection rate dropped to eight per day

Sunday

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Hamas’ Gaza-Last Strategy

I reblog this smart insightful piece by Michael Koplow on Hamas’ strategy at this stage of the conflict. .

Enjoy…

Ottomans and Zionists

While tensions in Jerusalem, particularly on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, have been elevated over the past couple of weeks, this year’s Ramadan has been relatively quiet as compared to last year’s Ramadan. While last May featured clashes in the Old City, outside of Damascus Gate, and in Sheikh Jarrah, the most notable element was Hamas’ launching of rocket barrages from Gaza, culminating in Israel’s Operation Guardian of the Walls. While there were isolated rockets fired out of Gaza on five separate days last week, resulting in some limited Israeli counterstrikes and a two-day suspension of entry permits for Palestinians coming into Israel from Gaza, this week has been quiet, and the prevailing assessment is that last week’s rockets were fired by Islamic Jihad rather than Hamas. The evidence suggests that Hamas is doing what it can to keep Gaza quiet and to avoid risking another conflagration similar to the one…

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This Week in Egypt: Week 17-2022 ( April 25- May 1)

Top Headlines

  • Cigarette in cockpit caused Egypt-Air passenger jet to crash in 2016
  • US Secretary of State Blinken marks 100 years of Egypt-US diplomacy
  • Egypt’s Sisi calls for listing of army-owned companies this year
  • Muslim Brotherhood TV channel leave Turkey
  • Egypt releases 3,273 prisoners granted presidential pardons
  • Archaeologists Discover Temple in Egypt Inspired by Greek God Zeus
  • Egypt’s COVID-19 vaccination rate reaches 79.5%
  • Egypt’s to restore historic Ezra synagogue 

Main headlines

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

 Reports

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Sports

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Happy Eid

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