Egypt Daily Update: Putin, al-Sisi Discuss Qatar; al-Azhar Supports Cutting Ties

June 7, 2017

Putin, al-Sisi Discuss Qatar; al-Azhar Supports Cutting Ties

International Labor Organization Blacklists Egypt

Two Police Officers Killed in Sinai

Cartoon of the Day: Keys

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Putin, al-Sisi Discuss Qatar; al-Azhar Supports Cutting Ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi discussed [Ar] the latest developments in the region during a phone call yesterday that was reportedly initiated by Putin. According [Ar] to the Kremlin, the two leaders discussed “bilateral cooperation and crisis situations in the Middle East and in North Africa,” and agreed to continue contact. Though neither the Kremlin nor Cairo directly mentioned Qatar, Russian state media implied that the call centered around the current Gulf crisis.

Egypt’s rhetoric concerning the crisis has continued to intensify. Today, the spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Ahmed Abu Zeidstated [Ar] that the Egyptian decision to sever diplomatic ties with Qatar is “the natural result of [Qatar’s] rogue policies aimed to destabilize many states” and said that Qatar’s actions represent a threat not just to Egypt, but to the security of the whole Arab world. Yesterday, Egypt suspended all mail services to and from Qatar, and all flights between Egypt and Qatar have stopped. Al-Azhar also expressed [Ar] its support and endorsement of the isolation of Qatar. Al-Azhar stated that it hoped “rogue regimes” would “return to their senses.”


International Labor Organization Blacklists Egypt

According to Egypt Independent, the International Labor Organization (ILO) has added Egypt to its blacklist. The ILO blacklist is composed of 25 countries that consistently violate conventions they have signed to guarantee labor rights. The ILO cited numerous violations by the Egyptian government against workers and labor unions, specifically new amendments to legislation restricting labor unions which directly conflict with a labor rights convention that Egypt signed in 1948. Kamal Abbas, the head of the ILO Labor Services Center, emphasized the fact that the ILO sent Parliament information regarding the international legal issues with the new amendments before they were ratified, but Egyptian Parliament ignored the criticism and passed the legislation. The ILO also cited the recent mass arrests and imprisonment of peaceful labor protesters in Egypt, specifically the Alexandria Shipyard workers and the workers [Ar] from Tourah Cement Company. Monday’s decision followed shortly after the decision of an Egyptian court to sentence the 32 workers from Tourah Cement Company to three years in jail for a peaceful sit-in.


Two Police Officers Killed in Sinai

Two police officers were killed [Ar] yesterday in a shootout with militants likely belonging to Wilayat Sinai, the regional Islamic State affiliate. The gunmen reportedly tracked the police officers before killing them and fleeing. The attack is the latest in the ongoing conflict between the Islamic State and Egyptian security forces in Sinai. On Sunday, an Egyptian military spokesperson announced [Ar] that 16 suspects had been detained in Sinai for supporting Islamist militant groups.


Cartoon of the Day: Keys

“Keys”
Mohab
Mada Masr – 06/07/2017


 

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