Interior minister receives defense minister, chief of staff

Interior Minister Mahmoud Tawfik on Sunday Minister of Defense and Military Production Mohamed Zaki, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Osama Askar, and a delegation of senior officers to offer greetings on the 71st anniversary of the Police Day.

Zaki expressed appreciation for the great role played by policemen during the Battle of Ismailia in 1952.

The Armed Forces appreciate the great role being played by the policemen in protecting the homeland and ensuring security of the citizens, he said, highlighting the heroic sacrifices of the current generation of policemen.

In turn, Tawfik hailed the valiant role of the Armed Forces in preserving security and stability throughout the country, which contributed to advancing.

He also praised continuous cooperation between policemen and army personnel for securing the Egyptian nation.

Source: State Information Service Egypt

Awqaf Minister: Translation one of human, cultural axes of communications

Minister of Awqaf Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa has described translation as one of the most important axes of human and cultural communications among peoples especially in the religious domains.

Addressing a conference on translation on Sunday 29/1/2023, the minister stressed the importance of coordination between his ministry and the Ministry of Culture to achieve that goal.

He termed the translation as the process of openness to the world in terms of religious and cultural thoughts in the aftermath of attempts by extremist groups to distort parts of Arab and Islamic culture.

Minister Gomaa called on those who translate books about the religious discourse to be accurate and be wise towards the culture and the nature of others, saying some 152 books about religious discourse have been translated so far.

Source: State Information Service Egypt

US stands with Egypt, its people in their pursuit of prosperous future

The United States stands with Egypt and the Egyptian people to promote regional security, bolster economic resilience, advance people-to-people ties, tackle the climate crisis, strengthen a critical defense partnership and support Egyptians in their pursuit of a prosperous future which protects fundamental freedoms for all, the US Department of State said Sunday, as the United States and Egypt mark more than a century of diplomatic cooperation and friendship.

The United States and Egypt are cooperating closely to de-escalate conflicts and promote sustainable peace, including by supporting UN mediation to enable elections in Libya as soon as possible and restoring a civilian-led transition in Sudan through the Framework Political Agreement.

The United States and Egypt share an unwavering commitment to a negotiated two-state solution as the only path to a lasting resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and equal measures of security, prosperity, and dignity for Israelis and Palestinians.

The United States and Egypt are partnering to foster further cooperation toward peace in the Middle East.

The United States is engaged with Egypt, as well as Sudan and Ethiopia, to advance a swift diplomatic resolution on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam that safeguards the interests of the three parties.

The United States and Egypt have a shared commitment to strengthening bilateral economic cooperation for the mutual benefit of the American and Egyptian people, including through expanding trade, increasing private sector investments and collaborating on clean energy and climate technology, the State Department said.

The United States has invested $600 million to digitize Egypt’s telecommunications sector, and Egypt has imported $5.9 billion from the United States to construct, expand, and modernize Egyptian infrastructure.

As Egypt continues to confront the global repercussions of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and resulting food insecurity, the United States commends Egypt for concluding agreement with the International Monetary Fund on December 16, 2022 that is crucial to stabilizing its economy and enabling vital reforms. The United States and Egypt have committed to establishing a Joint Economic Commission that will further enhance cooperation on all economic and commercial issues.

More than 20,000 Egyptians have participated in US government exchange programs and 450 Egyptians travel to the United States annually on professional and academic exchange programs facilitated by US Embassy Cairo.

The mission’s English language programming reaches thousands of students and teachers across Egypt, including at Al-Azhar University and affiliated institutions. As committed partners in preserving, restoring, and protecting Egypt’s cultural heritage, the United States and Egypt in November 2021 renewed a Memorandum of Understanding that strengthens protections for Egypt’s cultural patrimony and enables bilateral cooperation to disrupt the trafficking of archeological artifacts and cultural objects, the State Department said.

The United States welcomes Egypt’s ongoing leadership through the COP27 presidency to accelerate global ambition and action to tackle the climate crisis.

The United States and Egypt support the Global Methane Pledge (GMP) and the new GMP Energy Pathway, which Egypt has joined with respect to the oil and gas sector. The United States and Egypt co-lead the new partnership on Adaptation in Africa, which is focused on concrete initiatives to help build resilience in a changing climate. The United States is providing $10 million to support the launch of the Cairo Center for Learning and Excellence on Adaptation and Resilience, which will build adaptation capacity across Africa.

At COP27, the United States together with Germany announced more than $250 million to accelerate Egypt’s energy transition through the deployment of 10 gigs watts of new wind and solar energy projects and the decommissioning of five gig awards of inefficient natural gas generation.

Egypt is a valued US partner in counterterrorism, anti-trafficking and regional security operations, which advance both US and Egyptian security. The decades-long defense partnership is a pillar for regional stability. Since 1978, the United States has contributed more than $50 billion in military assistance, which has contributed to Egypt’s capabilities to protect and defend its land and maritime borders and to confront any evolving terrorist threat, the State Department said.

The United States and Egypt established diplomatic relations in 1922 and over the last century, this deep partnership has proven flexible to changing circumstances as Egypt seeks to build a stable and prosperous future that advances the basic rights and fundamental freedoms of all citizens. The United States firmly believes critical partnerships like the US-Egypt relationship are stronger when there is a shared commitment to human rights, according to the US State Department.

Source: State Information Service Egypt

PM follows up process of relocating employees to NAC

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli chaired a meeting on Sunday 29/1/2023 to follow up on the process of relocating government employees to the new Administrative City (NAC).

The meeting, which was attended by Minister of Transport Kamel El Wazir and board chairman of the Administrative Capital For Urban Development (ACUD), reviewed the transport ministry’s proposals on offering transportation means to the civil servants including Light Rail Transit (LRT), monorail, underground metro and buses.

Wazir said his ministry contracted with a number of mass transportation companies to operate 48 bus lines to connect NAC with Cairo and facilitate the arrival of the government staffers to NAC.

Source: State Information Service Egypt

US Secretary of State arrives in Cairo

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived on Sunday 29/1/2023 on a two-day visit to Egypt.

During his stay, Blinken will meet with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and a number of senior Egyptian officials to discuss means of advancing the strategic partnership between the two countries, as well as enhancing regional security and stability.

Blinken’s visit to Egypt is part of a regional tour that will take him also to Israel and the West Bank.

The US Embassy in Cairo quoted Blinken as saying his fourth visit to the region affirms the US’s strong commitment to deepening bilateral relations and bonds among peoples, promoting human rights and bolstering regional and world security.

Shoukry and Blinken are due to hold a joint press conference on Monday at the premises of the Foreign Ministry.

Source: State Information Service Egypt

Parl’t initially approves bill to establish tourism chamber federation

The House of Representatives under Speaker Hanafi Gebali on Sunday approved in a principle a draft law submitted by the government to establish a federation of tourism chambers.

The bill stipulates that the federation should be responsible for revitalizing the tourism industry, coordinating the tourism chambers’ work and assisting the government in drawing up and implementing tourism promotion plans.

Source: State Information Service Egypt