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Amb. Noke: Japan's peace, prosperity based on that of Libya

Egypt Today - Sab, 18/01/2020 - 21:14
CAIRO - 18 January 2020: As the Berlin Conference is set to kick off Sunday to obtain a real commitment from parties to cease military actions in Libya, Japan’s Ambassador Masaki Noke spoke about the importance of achieving peace and stability in this part of the world.

“Peace and stability in this part of the world in northern part of Africa is very important for the stability in the region and Japanese peace and prosperity is also based on peace and prosperity of this area,” said Noke in statements to Egypt Today magazine on Saturday.

He further said that Japan “would hope that all the stake holders and interested parties work in a constructive manner to establish peace and stability through dialogue.”

Noke went on explaining that there have been certain developments regarding Libya; however, it is still early to predict what will happen.

“There are some positive elements we would hope they further develop to arrive at a better situation in the region,” he added.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Saturday headed for Germany to participate in an international conference on Libya, which will kick off on Sunday.

The conference will be attended by representatives of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council along with the states concerned with the Libyan crisis in addition to representatives for international and regional organizations.

Other leaders and top officials who will attend the summit include: Russian President Vladimir Putin, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Algerian President Abdul Majeed Tebboune, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
and Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit.

Libya's prime minister of the Government of National Accord Fayez al-Sarraj, Commander of the Libya National Army Khalifa Haftar and UN Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame will also attend the international conference.
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Abe’s ME tour meant to reduce tensions in region: Ambassador Noke

Egypt Today - Sab, 18/01/2020 - 19:48
CAIRO- 18 January 2020: Japanese Ambassador to Egypt Masaki Noke commented on the recent visit of the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Middle East, saying that it was meant to boost bilateral relations and reduce tensions in the region.

In his statements to Egypt Today magazine Saturday, he said that Abe’s meeting with leaders of Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman this month have witnessed appreciations to Japanese efforts for reducing tensions in the region among regional powers.

“There was an agreement to continue to work closely for the peace and stability in the region,” Ambassador Noke added.

Based upon those discussions and relations, PM Abe visited three gulf countries to share the understandings and work together.

“Prime Minister Abe had another objective that is to explain to the leaders of three countries that Japanese intentions to send self-defense forces in the area from Guf of Aden to North of Arab Sea,” said Ambassador Noke.

Noke went on explaining that Japan’s dispatch of Maritime Self Defense Forces unit, composed of a destroyer and two P-3C patrol planes in the region, “is to strengthen information-gathering in order to ensure the safety of vessels related to Japan navigating in the area.”

Abe’s visit to Oman was an occasion, in addition, to express condolences on the demise of former Sultan Qaboos bin Said, he added.

Noke also commented on a meeting between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Tokyo last December amid rising tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program, and economic sanctions imposed by U.S.

Japanese Ambassador explained that Japan has traditional good relations with Iran and is an ally of the United States, adding that “Prime Minister Abe can speak with leaders of both countries, and we are working to decrease the tension, and try to solve the questions in a peaceful manner through dialogue.”

In a five-day tour from January 11 to 15, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman. The visit came following retaliatory strikes launched by Iran targeting military bases in Iraq that host U.S. forces, after Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was killed in a U.S. strike that targeted him near Baghdad Airport.
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City drop two points after a draw with Palace at home

Egypt Today - Sab, 18/01/2020 - 19:33
CAIRO – 18 January 2020: Manchester City granted Liverpool another gift on Saturday as the Blues lost another two points after a 2-2 draw at home with Crystal Palace.

It is another damaging blow for the defending champions as they are now 13 points behind Liverpool who still have two games in hand and will play against Manchester United on Sunday at Anfield.

Crystal Palace new signing, Cenk Tosun, opened the score five minutes before half time after an amazing pass from Gary Cahill.

Manchester City’s response came through their target man in front, Sergio Aguero, who added two goals at the last 10 minutes of the game to give his team a 2-1 lead.

The Etihad Stadium’s fans were celebrating the comeback when Crystal Palace winger, Luis Zaha, decided to silence the stands.

Zaha dribbled two Manchester City defenders and provided a cross that was deflected to find its way towards the back of the net.

Manchester City failed to create chances at the added minutes and the game ended with a 2-2 draw.
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Africa in world’s summits under Egypt’s chairmanship

Egypt Today - Sab, 18/01/2020 - 19:22
CAIRO - 18 January 2020: Since Egypt’s term of African Union (AU) chairmanship started in February, eight summits have been held marking key events in the continent’s history.

2019 Munich Security Conference

For the first time in its history, a non-European head of state attended the conference’s main session since President Sisi attended as AU chair.

45th G7 Summit

President Sisi held meetings with the G7 summit leaders in Biarritz during which he discussed key issues in Africa and the Middle East.

Russia-Africa Summit

A number of economic and investment agreements were signed paving the way for a strategic partnership between Russia and Africa. Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Sisi agreed to hold the summit every three years by rotation among Russia and African states.

Belt and Road Summit 2019

The initiative includes 37 Asian, African, and European states composing 65 percent of the world’s population and 40 percent of the world’s GDP. The initiative launched in 2013 will link more than 60 states together.

2019 G20 Osaka Summit

The president presented to the leaders of 37 countries attending the summit, along with senior international officials, the vision of Egypt concerning partnership between the two sides and the current challenges.

The president also stressed the joint responsibility in fighting against terrorism and countering extremist ideology. He highlighted Africa's right in a fair economic partnership, stressing that the African continent is qualified to receive investments, especially in the field of infrastructure.

Sisi held two collective summits on the sidelines of the G20 meetings, the first of which was a Chinese-African five-nation summit, which brought together Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Senegalese President Macky Sall, and Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres.

The second was a tripartite African summit that brought President Sisi together with the presidents of South Africa and Senegal.

G20-Initiative Compact with Africa (CwA)

“Development in Africa will have its impact on the Mediterrenean region and will achieve mutual interests,” President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said in his speech at the opening of the G20-Initiative Compact with Africa (CwA) held in Germany Tuesday.

“As protectionism is ascending and slowdown of global trade is arising, African states are likely to suffer the most, particularly in light of problems like debts, poverty, climate change, and diseases. Africa’s location, resources, continental free trade agreement, and rise of intra-continental trade still make it an attractive investment destination,” President Sisi stressed.

7th TICAD Summit

The 7th Tokyo International Conference on Africa's Development (TICAD) has resulted in a three-year joint cooperative plan between African and Japan, President Sisi said in the conclusion secession of TICAD Summit on Friday in the Japanese city of Yokohama.

The plan aims to achieve the aspirations of stability, peace, modernization and prosperity, besides addressing the challenges facing African people, President sisi added, saying “The 7th TICAD Summit is an important turning point in promoting cooperation between the African Union and Japan.”


President Sisi said that the summit shed light on African countries, whose youth make up about 65 percent of the whole African population.

President Sisi affirmed to partners that the continent has adopted a long way of economic and political reforms, calling on the international investors and partners to cooperate with African countries to transfer their knowledge to the Africans, modernize industrialization system, develop the infrastructure and technology, and to establish a digital economy.

“I would like re-invite all Japanese private sector companies and international companies and international financial institutions to cooperate and invest in Africa. The right time has come to open up to the continent.The African markets are open and the investment climate ready for cooperation with all partners,” said President Sisi, thanking Japanese people and government for the TICAD summit.
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If I win playing badly, I won't go home happy: Setien

Egypt Today - Sab, 18/01/2020 - 19:14
CAIRO – 18 January 2020: Barcelona new manager, Quique Setien, affirms that he wants to achieve victories but in an attractive style.

"I want to win. If I win playing badly, I won't go home happy.I'll never tell the players that the result is worth more.” Setien said ahead of his debut as Barca manager.

Barcelona fans criticized the team’s style during the era of former manager, Ernesto Valverde, despite leading the club to achieve two league titles in a row.

Setien continued “We all know that if we play well we have a better chance of winning, and I always try to make my team play well."

Barcelona aim to bounce back on Sunday against Granada after losing the Spanish Super Cup title in Saudi Arabia after being knocked out of the semi-finals against Atletico Madrid.

The new manager commented on his first week inside the Catalan club, saying “I was surprised to see the attitude of acceptance to the changes I proposed. I'm very happy with everything. It's all been wonderful."
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Soliman returns to Al Ahly squad ahead of Arab Contractors clash

Egypt Today - Sab, 18/01/2020 - 18:42
CAIRO – 18 January 2020: Al-Ahly face Arab Contractors on Sunday night at the Egyptian League and the team manager, Rene Weiler, included his best players for the clash.

Weiler added Walid Soliman and Ayman Ahsraf to the team squad while Walid Azarro was ruled out.

Arab Contractors are having a great run at the league this season as they come second at the table with 29 points from 13 games and they hope to put an end to Al-Ahly unbeaten run this season.

Weiler’s chosen squad for the game consists of: Mohamed El Shenawy, Aly Lotfy, Mostafa Shobir, Aly Maaloul, Ahmed Fathy, Mahmoud Metwally, Ramy Rabia, Yasser Ibrahim, Mahmoud Wahid, Mohamed Hany, Ayman Ashraf, Mohamed Afsha, Mahmoud Abdelmonem Kahraba, Amr El Solia, Aliou Dieng, Walid Soliman, Ahmed El Sheikh, Giraldo, Hussein El Shahat, Junior Ajayi and Marwan Mohsen.

Al-Ahly’s new signing, Kahraba, is expected to be at the team starting line-up after his amazing performance against Tanta as he scored two goal and provided an assist during his participation at the second half.

Al-Ahly are leading the league table with 33 points after 11 games and they aim to extend their lead at the top with another victory.
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We don’t think about being unbeaten, Salah

Egypt Today - Sab, 18/01/2020 - 18:16
CAIRO – 18 January 2020: Liverpool fans hope that this year will be the one that will put an end to their agony during the last 30 years.

The Reds’ fans aim to win the long-awaited league title in a style and repeat Arsenal’s achievement when they won the title in 2004 unbeaten. However, Liverpool Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah, believes that winning the league title is the most important thing.

“We don’t think about being unbeaten until the end of the season. If we do that, it would be great, but at the end of the day we just want to win the Premier League. That’s the most important thing. Unbeaten or not, it’s not necessary – we want to win the Premier League.” Salah said ahead of the clash against Manchester United on Sunday at Anfield.

Liverpool played 21 games at the league and Manchester United venue was the only place where they dropped points this season when the first game of the season between the two giants ended with a 1-1 draw.

Salah added “It’s a game we have to win. Of course we know it’s big for the fans, for the city and for us. But at the end of the day, we play the game to win. It’s unbelievable.”

Liverpool are leading the table with 61 points.
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President Sisi to attend UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020

Egypt Today - Sab, 18/01/2020 - 17:34
CAIRO - 18 January 2020: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will take part in the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020 to be held on Monday.

The opening session will consist of speeches by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and African leaders. It will be followed by others on sustainable funding, infrastructure, trade and investment in light of African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), renewable energy, and growth opportunities.

The summit will be attended by the UK prime minister, African heads of states, chiefs of international organizations, and businesspeople. On the sidelines, an exhibition will be held for British and African companies working in the sectors of robotics, artificial satellites, new and renewable energy, and sustainable construction materials.

Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs Badr Abdel Aati had talks Friday with a high-level British delegation, under the UK chief negotiator for the Middle East and North Africa, on reaching a new partnership deal between the two countries.

The meeting falls within the third round of negotiations between Egypt and UK to reach a new partnership agreement after the UK's exit from the European Union (EU).

The third round of negotiations brought together all ministries and parties concerned from Egypt and Britain.

The two sides' talks focused on all files related to the new draft agreement to ensure that the Egyptian goods and products continue to enter the British market.
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Militias disbanding in Libya within Berlin conference proposal

Egypt Today - Sab, 18/01/2020 - 17:03
CAIRO - 18 January 2020: TASS acquired draft conclusions of the Berlin conference on Libya to be held on Sunday showing that the focus will be on six aspects that are military movements, security reforms, sanctions on those who breach arms embargo, special committee, ceasefire agreement, and economic reforms.

Participants in the conference call for the termination of all military movements in support of warring parties and “the establishment of unified Libyan national security, police and military forces under central, civilian authority, building upon the Cairo talks, and the documents produced there-in.”

The draft conclusions advocate the enforcement of UNSC sanctions against those who breach Resolution 1970 (2011) and the Council’s subsequent Resolutions, including the proliferation of arms from Libya.

"We herewith create an International Follow-Up Committee (IFC) in order to maintain coordination in the aftermath of the Berlin summit, under the aegis of the United Nations," the document says according to TASS.

The draft proposes that all parties concerned agree on a truce coupled with militias dismantling urging "the redeployment of heavy weapons, artillery and aerial vehicles and their cantonment."

"We call upon the United Nations to facilitate ceasefire negotiations between the parties, including through the immediate establishment of technical committees to monitor and verify the implementation of the ceasefire," the document adds as reported by TASS.

The document also stresses the necessity of launching a reconstruction program “under the auspices of a new representative and unified government of national accord exercising its authority over all Libyan territory, to develop the severely affected areas.”

Spokesperson of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Ahmed al-Mesmary announced on Saturday that the move of oil ports and fields shutdown was made by Libyan people and that it is the Armed Forces’ duty to protect citizens.

On Friday, protesters entered Zueitina oil port northeastern Libya and closed it as tribes’ leaders in the east and south of the country announced a day earlier that the operation of all oil terminals in areas controlled by LNA will be stopped. The tribes leaders’ reason for the action is that the Government of National Accord (GNA) protected by militias uses oil revenues to pay for foreign fighters.

The National Oil Corporation (NOC) announced on Saturday that the General Command of the Libyan Armed Forces and the Petroleum Facilities Guard ordered the administrations of Sirte Oil Company, Harougue Oil Operations, Waha Oil Company, Zueitina Oil Company, and Arabian Gulf Oil Company to stop exports from the ports of Sider, Zueitina, Harigua, Brega, and Ras Lanuf.

Germany announced that the countries taking part in the conference hosted in Berlin on Libya Sunday include the United States, Russia, China, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Turkey, and others. Germany declared that Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar will attend while Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj confirmed his participation.

The negotiations held Monday in Moscow by Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar and Prime Minister of Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj ended without reaching a truce agreement, Extra News reported citing Russian media.

The LNA had announced earlier on Monday that it would not withdraw from the territories it conquered in Tripoli’s outskirts, and that it is determined to free the entire Libyan soil from militias and terror groups.

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GEM receives 356 artifacts from Tut,Ramses II, Thutmose III, Ptah treasures

Egypt Today - Sab, 18/01/2020 - 15:53
CAIRO – 18 January 2019: The general supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum Atef Moftah announced that the museum has received a collection of 356 artifacts from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, among which 57 artifacts from the treasures of the Golden King Tutankhamun and 11 pieces will be displayed on the grand staircase.

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Director General of the Grand Egyptian Museum for Antiquities affairs Dr. Al-Tayeb Abbas, said that the one of the most important of these artifacts is a statue of god Ptah, whose weights range between 5 and 6 tons, which will be displayed on the grand staircase within another distinguished group of royal statues.
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Among the transferred artifacts a pink granite statue of King Ramses II and a black granite statue of King Thutmose III in addition to a naos for King Nectanebo and a box of quartzite for preserving canopic pots from the collection of King Thutmose III.

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Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities previously announced that about more than 90 percent of the Grand Egyptian Museum work was finalized. GEM is expected to be inaugurated in the last quarter of 2020.

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The inauguration of the Grand Egyptian Museum is one of the main events that Egypt and the whole world is waiting for in 2020.

About 49,603 artifacts were moved to the Grand Egyptian Museum so far.

One of the most important transferred artifacts were the statues of King Ramses II, Sekhmet and Seti, in addition to a huge pink-granite portray of Ramses VI, and another distinguished set of statues that express the mastery of ancient Egyptian art.

Also a statue of King Khafra made of alabaster and a statue of the priest Kay made of colored limestone, depicting the priest sitting on a seat with a half backrest, beside his left foot is a small statue of his wife and a sarcophagus of king Senusert I was transferred to GEM.

On October 19 ministry of antiquities announced the discovery of the largest cache in the cemetery of El-Assasif by the Egyptian archaeological mission. A total of 30 coffins spanning back to the 22nd Pharaonic Dynasty were discovered and placed in a warehouse to protect them from thievery.

The 30 archaeological coffins have been transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum.

The cache was buried one meter from the surface of the ground. The first row consisted of 18 coffins and the second consisted of 12 coffins for men, women, and 3 children.

For the first time GEM will display Tutankhmaum treasures in one place. The total number of antiquities belonging to King Tutankhamen is 5398. Among king Tut’s artefacts that was transferred is his coffin.

The transferred coffin is one of the three coffins of Tutankhmaum, portraying the golden king as God Osiris. The coffin was discovered in King Tut’s burial chamber in 1922. The outer ark is made of gilded wood.

The hands are clipped with gold foil, crossed across the chest, while holding royal decals inlaid with blue and red glass beads. It is 223.5 cm in length, 86.8 cm in diameter, while its height is 105.5 cm. The ark contains silver handles on both sides that were used to move the lid.

Minister of Antiquities announced that 50000 artifacts will be displayed in the Grand Egyptian Museum.

The Grand Egyptian Museum will be the largest museum in the world dedicated to one civilization only; the dazzling ancient Egyptian civilization.


GEM will include a children's museum, an educational center, a handicraft center, educational classes and a museum dedicated to sun boats, in addition to the first field for a hanging obelisk.



The Grand Egyptian Museum will turn Egypt to a main worldwide hub for Pharonic artifacts and a must-visit place for both tourists and Egyptologists.

This great museum is tailor made to benefit from the diversity of Egypt's monuments and artifacts to be displayed in one place and one location to maintain and preserve this one of a kind heritage.


GEM site is only 2km from the Giza Pyramids, located between the ancient Great Pyramids and the modern city of Cairo, at the junction between dry desert and the fertile floodplain, the Grand Museum is a portal to the past.

The Giza Pyramids and its Necropolis nominated by UNESCO among the world Cultural Heritage Sites as it houses unique monuments from the dazzling Egyptian civilization.

The Grand Egyptian Museum complex is built on a plot of land of approximately 117 feddans, about 480,000 square meters.

GEM opening will be attended by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as well as kings, princes, presidents, heads of international organizations, and senior officials from all around the world.



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Sisi heads for Germany to participate in Berlin conference on Libya

Egypt Today - Sab, 18/01/2020 - 15:08
CAIRO, Jan 18 (MENA) - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Saturday headed for Germany to participate in an international conference on Libya, which will kick off on Sunday.

The conference will be attended by representatives of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council along with the states concerned with the Libyan crisis in addition to representatives for international and regional organizations.

The conference will be also attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Algerian President Abdul Majeed Tebboune, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
and Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit.

Libya's prime minister of the Government of National Accord Fayez al-Sarraj, Commander of the Libya National Army Khalifa Haftar and UN Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame will also attend the international conference.
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Ashmawy: Ramsees II statue is a reproduced one

Egypt Today - Sab, 18/01/2020 - 15:07
CAIRO – 18 January 2019: The ministry of antiquities replied to the uproar made on social networks regarding the neglect that the statue of King Ramses II was said to have been subjected to.

The head of the Egyptian Antiquities sector Ayman Ashmawy said that King Ramses II statue that was transferred from in front of Zagazig University is a reproduced one.

Ashmawy further added that it was placed in front of the University for decoration purpose.

The real King Ramses II statue was transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum.

Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities previously announced that about more than 90 percent of the Grand Egyptian Museum work was finalized. GEM is expected to be inaugurated in the last quarter of 2020.

The inauguration of the Grand Egyptian Museum is one of the main events that Egypt and the whole world is waiting for in 2020.

About 49,603 artifacts were moved to the Grand Egyptian Museum so far.

One of the most important transferred artifacts were the statues of King Ramses II, Sekhmet and Seti, in addition to a huge pink-granite portray of Ramses VI, and another distinguished set of statues that express the mastery of ancient Egyptian art.

Also a statue of King Khafra made of alabaster and a statue of the priest Kay made of colored limestone, depicting the priest sitting on a seat with a half backrest, beside his left foot is a small statue of his wife and a sarcophagus of king Senusert I was transferred to GEM.

On October 19 ministry of antiquities announced the discovery of the largest cache in the cemetery of El-Assasif by the Egyptian archaeological mission. A total of 30 coffins spanning back to the 22nd Pharaonic Dynasty were discovered and placed in a warehouse to protect them from thievery.

The 30 archaeological coffins have been transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum.

The cache was buried one meter from the surface of the ground. The first row consisted of 18 coffins and the second consisted of 12 coffins for men, women, and 3 children.

For the first time GEM will display Tutankhmaum treasures in one place. The total number of antiquities belonging to King Tutankhamen is 5398. Among king Tut’s artefacts that was transferred is his coffin.

The transferred coffin is one of the three coffins of Tutankhmaum, portraying the golden king as God Osiris. The coffin was discovered in King Tut’s burial chamber in 1922. The outer ark is made of gilded wood.

The hands are clipped with gold foil, crossed across the chest, while holding royal decals inlaid with blue and red glass beads. It is 223.5 cm in length, 86.8 cm in diameter, while its height is 105.5 cm. The ark contains silver handles on both sides that were used to move the lid.

Minister of Antiquities announced that 50000 artifacts will be displayed in the Grand Egyptian Museum.

The Grand Egyptian Museum will be the largest museum in the world dedicated to one civilization only; the dazzling ancient Egyptian civilization.


GEM will include a children's museum, an educational center, a handicraft center, educational classes and a museum dedicated to sun boats, in addition to the first field for a hanging obelisk.



The Grand Egyptian Museum will turn Egypt to a main worldwide hub for Pharonic artifacts and a must-visit place for both tourists and Egyptologists.

This great museum is tailor made to benefit from the diversity of Egypt's monuments and artifacts to be displayed in one place and one location to maintain and preserve this one of a kind heritage.


GEM site is only 2km from the Giza Pyramids, located between the ancient Great Pyramids and the modern city of Cairo, at the junction between dry desert and the fertile floodplain, the Grand Museum is a portal to the past.

The Giza Pyramids and its Necropolis nominated by UNESCO among the world Cultural Heritage Sites as it houses unique monuments from the dazzling Egyptian civilization.

The Grand Egyptian Museum complex is built on a plot of land of approximately 117 feddans, about 480,000 square meters.

GEM opening will be attended by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as well as kings, princes, presidents, heads of international organizations, and senior officials from all around the world.


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Egyptian, Libyan tribes strongly reject Turkish intervention

Egypt Today - Sab, 18/01/2020 - 14:54
CAIRO - 18 January 2020: Libyan and Egyptian tribes issued on Saturday a nine-point statement, declaring their strong rejection to Turkish intervention in Libya.

The tribes announced their refusal to the “invalid” Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) that was signed by head of the Government of National Accord Fayez al Sarraj and Turkish President Recept Tayeb Erdogan on drawing maritime borders in the Mediterranean Sea- one of the largest natural gas resources in the region- and on enhancing military cooperation.

They also condemned Turkey’s Parliament’s vote sending Turkish troops to Libya, saying “the Turkish parliament’s latest decision is a blatant challenge to the decisions of the international legitimate laws regarding Libya.”

The tribes announced their full support to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s foreign policy in dealing with the Libyan crisis and against Turkish intervention, affirming their emphatical refusal to turning Libya into an international arena for a proxy war and to any Turkish interference into Libyan affairs.

“We strongly support the Libyan National Army [which is led by Commander Khalifa Haftar] and support its structure. We demand the international community to lift arms embargo on the Libyan army. We demand the necessity of disarming all other militants and limiting it [armament] to the Libyan Armed Forces,” the joint statement read.

The tribes announced that they stand defiant against terrorists and militias which receive support from Turkey and Qatar.

“We announce our complete opposition to the plans of the Iranian-Turkish-Qatari axis which aims at controlling the region,” they said, calling on the international community to take firm decisions that serves Libya’s stability. They finally affirmed their support to any efforts for Libyan stability and safety.

The deals signed between Sarraj and Erdogan provoked anger in Egypt, Cyprus and Greece that voiced their rejection of the deal as it contradicts with the international agreements.

In a joint press conference held in Cairo for the foreign ministers of Egypt, Greece, France and Cyprus, it has been affirmed that the necessity to fully respect the sovereignty of all countries, including their sovereign rights in their water regions in the Mediterranean Sea. In this regard, they strongly condemned the continuous Turkish acts (drillings) in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone and regional waters and called on Turkey to immediately halt illegal exploration activities.sovereignty of all countries, including their sovereign rights in their water regions in the Mediterranean Sea. In this regard, they strongly condemned the continuous Turkish acts (drillings) in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone and regional waters and called on Turkey to immediately halt illegal exploration activities.
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Social solidarity minister launches campaign to save homeless people

Egypt Today - Sab, 18/01/2020 - 14:44
CAIRO, Jan 18 (MENA) - Social Solidarity Minister Nevin el Qabbaj launched on Saturday a campaign to save homeless people nationwide and offer them a better life.

In a statement, the minister said that the Social Solidarity Ministry seeks to rescue the largest number of homeless children and adults and convince them to move to care homes, especially in the cold wave that currently hits the country.

About 17 convoys are touring the governorates to save the homeless people, she added.

The ministry receives notifications about homeless people through the hotline 16439, the Government Complaints Portal's hotline 16528 or the ministry's official pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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LNA confirms closure of oil facilities to cut militias funding

Egypt Today - Sab, 18/01/2020 - 14:33
CAIRO - 18 January 2020: Spokesperson of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Ahmed al-Mesmary announced on Saturday that the move of oil ports and fields shutdown was made by Libyan people and that it is the Armed Forces’ duty to protect citizens.

On Friday, protesters entered Zueitina oil port northeastern Libya and closed it as tribes’ leaders in the east and south of the country announced a day earlier that the operation of all oil terminals in areas controlled by LNA will be stopped. The tribes leaders’ reason for the action is that the Government of National Accord (GNA) protected by militias uses oil revenues to pay for foreign fighters.

The National Oil Corporation (NOC) announced on Saturday that the General Command of the Libyan Armed Forces and the Petroleum Facilities Guard ordered the administrations of Sirte Oil Company, Harougue Oil Operations, Waha Oil Company, Zueitina Oil Company, and Arabian Gulf Oil Company to stop exports from the ports of Sider, Zueitina, Harigua, Brega, and Ras Lanuf.

LNA insists on militias dismantling, clashes resume

CAIRO - 14 January 2020: The Libyan foreign ministry issued a statement on Tuesday requesting the international community to fulfill its duties by pressuring GNA-affiliated militias to surrender and give up their weapons obeying the Libyan people's will. Anadolu Agency reported that the LNA is amassing southern Tripoli while Al Arabiya announced that clashes resumed in Salahuddin district south of Tripoli.




The NOC headquartered in Tripoli warned Friday on its Facebook page against the repercussions of oil ports shutdown “prior to Berlin conference on Sunday.”

“The oil and gas sector is the source of life for the Libyan economy and the only source of income for the Libyan people. Oil facilities belong to the Libyan people so they must not be a political bargaining card,” NOC Chairman Mostafa Sonaa Allah.

The chairman added that the closure may cause a fall in exchange rate, huge budget deficit, and the exit of foreign companies working in the sector. The other consequences cited by the NOC chairman is that fields closure will incur an instant loss in production while the closure of ports will mandate the reduction of production and even cutting it when the storage full capacity is reached, which can happen in less than five days.

Sonaa Allah stated, “the National Oil Corporation calls upon institutions that pretend protecting oil facilities to fend off any closure attempt. If they fail, the corporation will have no choice but finding out other solutions to secure the vital institutions of the Libyan people.”

Germany announced that the countries taking part in the conference hosted in Berlin on Libya Sunday include the United States, Russia, China, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Turkey, and others. Germany declared that Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar will attend while Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj confirmed his participation.

Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives Aguila Saleh requested the Arab Parliament on Wednesday to withdraw its recognition of Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) presidential council due to its violation of the constitutional declaration and the political agreement of Sukheirat.

Addressing the Arab Parliament session, Saleh called on the Arab Parliament to support efforts of the Libyan people to counter terrorism and stand against the Turkish invasion of his country.
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Lawsuit demands Turkey to repay Egypt 23M gold coins

Egypt Today - Sab, 18/01/2020 - 13:42
CAIRO - 18 January 2020: Egypt’s Administrative Court has set February 15, 2020 to consider a lawsuit demanding Turkey to repay Egypt more than 23.1 million gold coins that were taken from Egypt in tribute by Ottoman Empire “illegally.”

Egyptian lawyer Hamido Gamil filed a lawsuit before the court, asking the Egyptian government to take all international legal procedures to reclaim this money, which was paying to the Ottoman Empire between 1915 and 1955 illegally as the Ottomani guardianship over on Egypt ended officially after Britain declared its protectorate over Egypt in 1914.

The lawsuit also called for confiscating all Turkish-owned properties in Egypt, besides freezing Turkish assets in Egyptian banks, saying that the Egyptian Foreign Ministry has previously asked for reclaiming the gold coins.

Last July, another lawyer filed a lawsuit before the Administrative Court asking for cancellation Egyptian-Turkish trade deals and banning the entry of Turkish goods into the Egyptian markets.

In June 2017, Business tycoon Naguib Sawiris called for preventing the entry of Turkish products into Arab markets, due to Turkey’s support to Qatar when Egypt and other Gulf states cut their relations with Doha.

Despite the strained relations between both countries, Egypt’s exports to Turkey rose 9.7 percent during 2018, recording $2.2 billion, compared to $1.9 billion in 2017, according to a recent report issued in May 2019 by the General Organization for Export and Import Control.

Since the ouster of former President Morsi in July 2013, the relations between both sides have become strained. On Nov. 23, 2013, Egypt downgraded bilateral diplomatic relations with Turkey when it declared Turkish Ambassador Hussein Botsali a persona non grata.

The diplomatic disagreement has been deepened recently; on the 6th of January 2020, Egypt Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Turkish Chargé d'affaires to express their refusal to the latest Turkish comments when Egypt interrogating the staff of Turkish-funded news agency of Anadulo. The Egyptian Interior Ministry said on Wednesday it thwarted schemes for the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, as the ministry’s national security sector spoted an electronic platform “funded by Turkey,” with the aim of “destroying the pillars” of the Egyptian state.

Turkey’s foreign policy in the Middle East widened its rift with Egypt when Turkish President Recept Tayeb Erdogan urkish President Recept Tayeb Erdogan and Sarraj signed controversial Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) on drawing maritime borders in the Mediterranean Sea- one of the largest natural gas resources in the region- and on enhancing military cooperation. The deals provoked anger in Egypt, Cyprus and Greece that voiced their rejection of the deal as it contradicts with the international agreements.

In a joint press conference held in Cairo for the foreign ministers of Egypt, Greece, France and Cyprus, it has been affirmed that the necessity to fully respect the sovereignty of all countries, including their sovereign rights in their water regions in the Mediterranean Sea. In this regard, they strongly condemned the continuous Turkish acts (drillings) in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone and regional waters and called on Turkey to immediately halt illegal exploration activities.sovereignty of all countries, including their sovereign rights in their water regions in the Mediterranean Sea. In this regard, they strongly condemned the continuous Turkish acts (drillings) in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone and regional waters and called on Turkey to immediately halt illegal exploration activities.

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President Sisi meets with WB, explains recent GERD developments

Egypt Today - Sab, 18/01/2020 - 13:34
CAIRO - 18 January 2020: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Saturday confirmed the importance of the Nile water for Egypt and its people.

At a meeting with a World Bank delegation, he explained the recent developments of the Ethiopian dam file and current negotiations on the issue, said Presidential Spokesman Ambassador Bassam Radi.

The meeting took up progress achieved in national projects in Egypt which are allowing more job opportunities for young people, added the spokesman.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Saturday expressed hope that cooperation with the World Bank would continue for supporting Egyptian development efforts.

At a meeting with a bank delegation, the president added that Egypt is seeking to upgrade its strategic relations with the World Bank Group, said Presidential Spokesman Ambassador Bassam Radi.

The bank delegates underlined the important role of Egypt and the Middle East and praised its success in overcoming different challenges it faced over the past few years.

They also lauded the strong political leadership of Egypt and solidarity between the leadership and people that helped Egypt overcome these challenges, the spokesman pointed out.

They noted that their current visit to Egypt is aimed at getting acquainted with the Egyptian government's economic reform efforts and making field visits to development projects to which the bank is contributing, added the spokesman.
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Iraq, Washington review security relations, future of US forces in country: army spox

Egypt Today - Sab, 18/01/2020 - 13:34
CAIRO – 18 January 2020: Talks are undergoing between Washington and the Iraqi government to review the security relations between both countries, and discuss the future of the U.S. forces in Iraq, revealed Spokesperson for the commander-in-chief of the Iraqi armed forces Major General Abdul Karim Khalaf.

“The Iraqi government is conducting dialogues with the United States regarding security relations, and Iraq has observations and proposed related to this matter, and [Iraqi government] will work to avoid any conflict with its sovereignty,” said Khalaf, adding that “negotiations have not ended yet.”

Earlier last week, it was reported that negotiations between both sides to begin and continue for months or a year. One of the announced proposals were that NATO to remain in Iraq, while the U.S. forces remain as part of the alliance.

The Iraqi parliament, earlier this month, adopted a resolution obliging the government to end the presence of any foreign forces on Iraqi soil, and prevent it from using its lands, airspace and water for any reason.

Iraq's caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi later announced that he had asked U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to send delegates to Iraq to put in place the mechanisms for implementing the decisions of the Iraqi parliament for a safe withdrawal of American forces from Iraq.

The prime minister added that American forces had entered Iraq and drones are flying in its airspace without permission from Iraqi authorities, which is a violation of the bilateral agreements.

Washington responded by rejecting the withdrawal, and said that any delegation to be sent to Iraq will discuss “how to best recommit strategic partnership - not to discuss troop withdrawal, but our right, appropriate force posture in the Middle East,” AP quoted Pompeo’s spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus.
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Libyan army fully ready to handle unfolding events: Spox.

Egypt Today - Sab, 18/01/2020 - 12:30
TRIPOLI, Jan 18 (MENA) - The Libyan National Army (LNA) is fully prepared to deal with the security and military developments across the country, said LNA Spokesman Ahmed al Masmari.

The general command of the LNA will never accept bargaining the sovereignty of the Libyan people, the spokesman said in a press conference, according to Sky News channel.

As the Libyan forces completely abide by the ceasefire deal, Turkish troops and mercenaries are still being deployed to Libya to fight alongside the Government of National Accord, the spokesman noted.

He added that commitment to the ceasefire is the main reason behind the delay of advancement towards Tripoli.
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World's shortest man dies in Nepal at 27

Egypt Today - Sab, 18/01/2020 - 12:12
KATHMANDU, Jan 17 (MENA) - The world's shortest man who could walk, as verified by Guinness World Records, died Friday at a hospital in Nepal, his family said.

Khagendra Thapa Magar, who measured 67.08 centimetres (2 feet 2.41 inches), died of pneumonia at a hospital in Pokhara, 200 kilometres from Kathmandu, where he lived with his parents, France 24 reported.

"He has been in and out of hospital because of pneumonia. But this time his heart was also affected. He passed away today," Mahesh Thapa Magar, his brother, told AFP.

Magar was first declared the world's shortest man in 2010 after his 18th birthday, photographed holding a certificate only a bit smaller than him.

However he eventually lost the title after Nepal's Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who measured 54.6 centimetres, was discovered and named the world's shortest mobile man.

Magar regained the title after Dangi's death in 2015.
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