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Egypt’s Sisi calls on Lebanese ‘patriots’ to distance their country from regional disputes

CAIRO – 9 August 2020: “Mr. President calls on faithful patriots in Lebanon, regardless of their positions, to distance their country from regional disputes and conflicts,” Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi, few days after a terrifying blast rocked the capital, Beirut, and left dozens killed and thousands injured. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi took part on Sunday in a virtual ...

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Egypt allocates EGP 258.5bn to health sector in 2020/21 budget

(MENAFN – Daily News Egypt) Egypt’s health sector has been allocated a total of EGP 258.5bn in the current fiscal year (FY) 2020/21 budget, according to Minister of Finance Mohamed Maait. The allocated investment reflects an increase of EGP 7bn that will go towards supporting this vital sector. Maait added that a total of EGP 16.3bn will also be given ...

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Egypt’s PM receives reports on Egyptian aid to Lebanon

CAIRO – 9 August 2020: Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli has received two reports from the health and social solidarity ministers on medical and food aid to be sent to Lebanon following the massive blast that rocked the port of Beirut. Egypt has always supported “our friends” from any Arab state, Madbouli said Sunday, noting that the Egyptian government has been ...

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Egypt says maritime agreement with Greece allows more oil, gas exploration

Egypt’s ​Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources on Saturday said that the new maritime border demarcation agreement with Greece would allow for more bids to be launched regarding oil and gas exploration in the Mediterranean. The ministry’s spokesperson Hamdy Abdel-Aziz said that Egypt and Greece are members in the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum, which will be leveled into an international ...

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Ex-Lebanon premier denies knowledge of Beirut shipment

Former Lebanese premier Tammam Salam has denied receiving correspondence or information about the arrival of hazardous chemical materials shipment in Beirut, which allegedly caused a deadly blast in the capital on Tuesday. In a statement on Sunday, Salam’s media office said reports alleging that he was aware of the arrival of a ship carrying chemical materials to Beirut were “false ...

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Lebanon blast ‘crime against humanity’: Patriarch

Lebanon’s Christian Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai has called for an international investigation into Tuesday’s Beirut port explosion. “It is a right for countries that provide Lebanon with generous assistance to know the mysterious causes, and the body that kept this big quantity of explosive material for six years at the most dangerous place in the capital [Beirut], and the ...

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Lebanon protesters storm ministries as violent protests grip Beirut

Lebanon’s protesters stormed several government ministries as violent protests gripped Beirut on Saturday night. The foreign ministry, the environment ministry and the economy ministry were occupied by angry demonstrators who called for the downfall of Lebanon’s ruling elite five days after a blast ripped through the Lebanese capital causing widespread destruction. The Banking Association, which protesters blame for the country’s worsening banking ...

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Lebanon facing ‘perfect storm’ of devastation after deadly blast, unrest: expert

Even before a pair of explosions in Lebanon’s capital of Beirut tore a vicious streak of death and damage through the city last week, the country was already grappling with a severe economic and political crisis. Now, the blasts combined with the coronavirus pandemic, rampant unrest and political corruption have created what one expert in an interview with The West Block is calling a “perfect storm” ...

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International donor conference kicks off to support Lebanon after Beirut blast

International leaders are meeting to discuss aid for Lebanon in a donor conference organised by French President Emmanuel Macron and the United Nations. The conference aims to support the Middle Eastern country following an explosion in capital city Beirut that killed 158 people. “The objective of this conference is for us to unite today to definitively pool our resources in ...

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The European Union Opens Up Travel from Tunisia and Other Nations

Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted. As stipulated in the Council recommendation, this list will continue to be reviewed regularly and, as the case may be, updated. Based on the criteria and ...

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