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Good evening, from the Al-Masry Al-Youm editorial board.
We present our issue to you on Thursday 16 January 2020, in which we follow:
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi raised, on Wednesday, the flag of the armed forces on the Bernese military base in the Red Sea region, marking its opening, and at the same time the flag was raised on the naval component of the base.
The opening was attended by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, and a number of Arab and foreign officials and diplomats, in addition to senior officials of the Egyptian state. The area of the base is 150 thousand acres on the Red Sea coast, near the southern borders of Egypt, and includes in its airspace corridors along the length of 3 thousand meters, a width of 30 to 45 meters, the destruction of aircraft with a large fortification force and a general desertion for the maintenance and repairs of aircraft. The President also witnessed a number of training activities as part of the “Qadir 2020” exercise at the Bernese Naval Base.
The Oil and Energy Ministers in Egypt and Israel announced the first natural gas pump from Israel to Egypt, Wednesday, which represents an important development that serves the economic interests of both countries, as this development will enable Israel to transfer quantities of its natural gas to Europe through the Egyptian LNG plants Within the framework of Egypt’s growing role as a regional gas center.
The two ministers, Engineer Tariq Al Mulla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, and Yuval Steinitz, the Israeli Minister of Energy, will announce this development during the Ministerial Conference of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum, which will be held Thursday in Cairo. It is expected that the Egyptian, Cypriot, Israeli, Greek, Italian, Jordanian and Palestinian energy ministers will agree to establish a regional gas organization during the summit.
On the file of the Renaissance Dam, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Water Resources and Irrigation in Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia resumed, on Wednesday, the ongoing meetings for the third consecutive day in Washington, DC, on the rules for filling and operating the Renaissance Dam that Ethiopia continues to build, and meetings were held under the chairmanship of the US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchen. Several meetings at the technical level to discuss the rules for filling and operating the dam, including measures that Ethiopia must take during the filling and operating phases to reduce the effects of drought and protracted drought.
Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Ati, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, participated late in the evening of Tuesday, in the meeting held by US President Donald Trump with the ministers of the three countries, where the Foreign Minister expressed Egypt’s appreciation of the American President’s interest in this vital file and effort The construction undertaken by the US Treasury Secretary and his associate team.
The Attorney General, Counselor Hamada El-Sawy, and the Egyptian investigation team in the case of the death of the Italian citizen “Giulio Regeni”, met with a number of Italian investigators to develop cooperation, noting the formation of a new investigation team that is studying and arranging the case papers, and is working to take all necessary investigation procedures to find the truth In full impartiality and independence, the Attorney General and the Egyptian team welcomed the Italian investigators. The Attorney General affirmed the continuation and development of judicial cooperation between the Egyptian Public Prosecution and the Public Prosecution in Rome in order to reach the truth.
On the developments of the Libyan crisis, the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives, Aqeela Saleh, called on the Arab Parliament to withdraw recognition from the Presidency Council of the Government of Concord because of its violations of the constitutional declaration and the “Skhirat Agreement” concluded in Morocco, as well as supporting the Libyan people’s efforts in combating terrorism and countering the Turkish invasion. Saleh stressed, during his speech at the Arab Parliament session, on Wednesday, in Cairo, that the parliament is the legal body in Libya, and any agreements without its approval are not considered, and any agreement signed without the approval of the council is invalid and has no effect.
The Sudanese Armed Forces were able to regain control of all headquarters of the General Intelligence in Khartoum, from the grip of the members of the former intelligence operations forces of the intelligence services, after their rebellion and shooting for hours in the headquarters of the device, and after they were trapped inside two buildings in a rapid operation during which elements of the army and the support forces stormed Al-Sorayi has two intelligence bases amid heavy fire, killing 5 people including two soldiers and wounding 4 others.
In columns and pages of opinion, we read Abd Al-Latif Al-Manawi’s article: “The Predicament” and Dr. Ziyad Bahauddin: “In investment … Do we race for the summit or the bottom?” Newton: “Presidents who entered history”, Suleiman Gouda: “Employment is an issue!” And Iqbal Baraka: “Was the Arab Spring a fall or a necessary beginning ?!”