Women appointed to lead Egypt’s ministries of tourism, culture for first time in limited cabinet reshuffle

Ismail 14/01/2018 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Egypt’s parliament approved in a plenary session on Sunday the appointment of four new ministers and two deputy ministers, including two women to head the ministries of culture and tourism. Newly-appointed Minister of Culture Inas Abdel-Dayem and Minister of Tourism Rania El-Mashat are the first women to head their respective ministries in Egypt’s history. The 48-year old Abdel-Dayem, head of the Egyptian Opera House, replaced prominent writer Helmi El-Namnam. Abdel-Dayem holds a PhD in classical music from France. Economist Rania Al-Mashat, a well-known expert in local and international circles, replaced Ahmed Emadeddin in his position as minister of tourism. El-Mashat, who holds a PhD in economics from the United States, was also appointed deputy head of the Central Bank of Egypt, a member of the board of the stock market, and an advisor with the International Monetary Fund (IMF)…



Yemen government sets conditions for Houthi talks

05/01/2018 (Arab News – KSA): SANAA: Deputy prime minister and foreign minister Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi said the Iran-backed rebels must immediately stop all crimes committed against politicians and civilians in Yemen. The rebels, who sparked the war in Yemen when they seized the capital in 2014, must also release all detainees and stop launching missiles, Al-Mekhlafi told Asharq Al-Awsat. The other conditions for talks include a call for the rebels to stop attacking and besieging cities and allowing humanitarian aid to reach civilians.Al-Mekhlafi said the rebels must also back the three references for a political solution in Yemen, including the Gulf Initiative, outcomes of the Comprehensive National Dialogue and Security Council Resolution 2216…


Egyptian-Russian 2017 military relations: a new return to the 1960s alliance

23/12/2017 (Egypt Indipendent – Egypt): Since the era of Egypt’s late President Gamal Abdel Nasser, the bilateral military relations between Egypt and Russia witnessed several stages of growth. However, the glorious period of those relations was during the 1960s; at that time relations were very strong. That co-operation was dimmed in the wake of the 1979 peace treaty signed between Egypt and Israel under the auspices of the US. From that date till 2013, Egypt was heavily dependant on the US as a source of armament. However, the arrival of the June 30 uprising against Muslim Brotherhood rule resulted in a new strategy based on the diversification of bilateral relations to include its old ally Russia…



Prepare for attacks trying to bring down Muslims from within: Erdoğan

Prepare for attacks trying to bring down Muslims from within: Erdoğan16/12/2017 (Hurriyet – Turkey): The Muslim world is the target of plots to reshape it to the benefit of others, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in his address on Dec. 16. “Like a century ago, the Islamic world is facing efforts to reshape it through blood, tears, and strife between brothers,” Erdoğan said in Istanbul, at the 7th Hadith and Sira Studies Awards Ceremony. He called on people “to be prepared for attacks which try to bring down Muslims from within.” “As Muslims fight each other, the ones that benefit are terrorist groups, and terrorist states like Israel,” he said. Erdoğan also reiterated his condemnation of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital…




President Erdoğan visits Turks in Greece’s Western Thrace

President Erdoğan visits Turks in Greece’s Western Thrace08/12/2017 (Hurriyet – Turkey): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Dec. 8 visited the local population of Muslim Turks on day two of his landmark official trip to Greece. Erdoğan traveled by car to Komotini, a major city in the Western Thrace region, where a sizable population of Greece’s Muslim minority live, after landing at Alexandroupoli Airport. In Komotini he performed Friday prayers at the city’s Kir Mahalle Mosque. Greece’s Western Thrace region is home to a Muslim-Turkish minority of around 150,000 people. During his visit – the first visit of a Turkish president to Greece in 65 years – Erdoğan is being accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Çavuşoğlu, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, EU Minister Ömer Çelik, Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak…



Hamas warns U.S. over embassy relocation to Jerusalem

Hamas warns U.S. over embassy relocation to Jerusalem02/12/2017 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): Palestinian resistance group Hamas has warned against U.S. plans to relocate the its embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the city as Israel’s capital. This “would represent a U.S. assault on the city and give legitimacy to [Israel] over the city,” Hamas said in a statement on Saturday. U.S. media on Wednesday said President Donald Trump was planning to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Hamas said such a U.S. move “would give a cover to Israel to pursue the judaization of Jerusalem and expulsion of the Palestinians from the city”, going on to call on Arab and Islamic nations to work to halt the expected U.S. decision. During his election, Trump promised to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem…



Ilyas El Omari Rejects ‘Dangerous’ Accusations of Conspiring Against the Throne

Ilyas El Omari Rejects ‘Dangerous’ Accusations of Conspiring Against the Throne25/11/2017 (Morocco world news – Morocco): Rabat – Following the accusations of conspiracy against the throne made againstIlyas El Omari by the lawyer for the detained Hirak Rif activists , the president of the Tanger-Tetouan Al Hoceima region has broken his silence and condemned the allegations as “dangerous” and “defamatory.” El Omary, who is also the general secretary of the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), told the news outlet le360 that “these words are dangerous and serious not only to my person but also to my country and its institutions.” “It is very dangerous to accuse someone of plotting against his country, and I will not let go of this lawyer until justice is done,” he said. “If I was targeted for my person, I would not have given any interest to these statements, but to be associated with maneuvers to destabilize my country and undermine its image, it is unacceptable,” El Omari added…



Egypt’s Nile water share a ‘matter of life or death,’ says Sisi after Ethiopia dam negotiations stalemate

Sisi 18/11/2017 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Egypt’s share of Nile water is a “a matter of life or death for the nation,” Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Saturday in his first comments on the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD) since negotiations between Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia stalled over the project last week. In a televised talk during the inauguration of the Middle East’s largest fish farm in Kafr El-Sheikh, El-Sisi said that “no one can touch Egypt’s share of [Nile] water.” “At the start of the construction of the dam, we spoke about several key points, the most important being that no harm is done to Egypt’s water share,” he said. The president added that he understands the developmental goals behind the GERD, but that development for Ethiopia in this case is a “matter of life and death” for Egypt…



Egypt FM to ‘intensify consultations’ during six Arab countries tour amid regional tension

Sameh Shoukry11/11/2017 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is set to start a tour Sunday to six countries in the region, a foreign ministry statement read Saturday. In an official statement, foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said the countries that Shoukry is scheduled to visit during the three-day tour include Jordan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman. According to the statement, talks would include discussions on developments in the region, as well as bilateral relations between the abovementioned countries. Abu Zeid said the talks come in the frame of constant consultations conducted by Egypt, especially in light of political developments in Lebanon and challenges related to the security and stability of the region…



Realities show U.S. is Iran’s main enemy: Ayatollah Khamenei

03/11/2017 (Tehran Times – Iran): Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday that backing down in the face of the U.S. bullying will make it more “pushy” and “brazen”, noting realities and experiences show that the U.S. remains the main enemy of Iran. “Backing down against the Americans will make them pushy and brazen; therefore, the only way is confrontation and resistance,” Leader told a large number of students ahead of November 4, the day marking the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979. The Leader strongly urged the students not to ignore the main enemy, namely the U.S., saying, “This is the main condition for the continuation of the auspicious path of the country’s future.”…