Mixed news for Egypt’s economy

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/weekly-briefing-lebanons-power-grid-shuts-down#mabrouk Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, better known by its acronym, CAPMAS, invariably concentrates on the figures, regardless of their political connotations. The latest figures show that overall inflation in both...

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Egypt’s diplomatic efforts in Libya seem to be bearing fruit

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-afghan-taliban-could-bite-pakistan-hand-had-fed-it#mabrouk What happens in Libya has always been almost as interesting to the Egyptian government as its own domestic affairs. That interest stems from several reasons, chief among them security, regional influence, and the economy...

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El-Sisi and Bennett meet amid regional effort to revive the Israeli-Palestinian issue

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-damned-if-you-do-and-damned-if-you-dont-new-government-beirut#mabrouk Sharm el-Sheikh has long been a favored spot for Egyptian-Israeli official meets. It’s now an internationally renowned tourist destination, but it’s also in Sinai, conveniently placed for both parties and easy...

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Egypt maintains diplomatic efforts on Gaza

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-new-threats-and-far-more-dangerous-environment-afghanistan#mabrouk On Aug. 18, the head of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service (GIS), Abbas Kamel, became the first Egyptian official to visit Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett since the latter’s new government was sworn...

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Egypt scrambles to ramp up vaccination drive

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-despite-strains-abraham-accords-have-proved-resilient-whats-next#mabrouk On Aug. 8, Egypt’s Ministry of Health announced that 261,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine had arrived, the first of 25 million. The one-dose vaccine will be allocated to those wishing...

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GERD dispute goes to the UN, but a resolution remains elusive

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-biden-slams-door-afghanistan#mabrouk On July 9, Sudan, supported by Egypt, took the case of the moribund negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which have spun on for over a decade with no results, to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Read more at original...

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Egypt and Sudan look to the UN in the long-running GERD dispute

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-us-airstrikes-iraqi-militias-and-risk-escalatory-spiral#mabrouk With the second unilateral filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) underway, on June 25, Egypt’s minister of foreign affairs, Sameh Shoukry, announced that the country had sent a letter to the U.N...

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Egypt ramps up Libya diplomacy

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-no-surprises-irans-election-what-comes-next#mabrouk While Egypt has been shifting into overdrive with its shuttle diplomacy with Nile Basin countries, it has been just as active in its immediate neighborhood. Read more at original link

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Turkey-Egypt: Bridging the Gap?

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-situation-gaza-threatens-list-dangerously-out-control At the moment, Egypt, Qatar, and Jordan are attempting to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. An earlier Egyptian attempt, which had called for an immediate cease-fire, to last one year, was apparently accepted by...

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Egypt-Turkey talks are a start, but it’s what comes next that matters

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-emboldened-afghan-taliban-ramps-its-attacks#mabrouk For a much-hyped event, the Egypt-Turkey talks that concluded in Cairo last Thursday, the first high-level talks since 2013, produced a distinctly circumspect little statement. Released jointly by both countries...

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The US and Egypt: A new tone and new priorities, but so far no dramatic decisions

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/biden-administration-and-middle-east-reflecting-first-100-days At the end of Joe Biden’s first 100 days as president of the United States, where do things stand when it comes to U.S. policy toward the Middle East and North Africa? We asked experts and scholars from across MEI to weigh in...

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Monday Briefing | Egypt: Misfortunes never come singly

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-egypt-misfortunes-never-come-singly There’s a proverb in Egyptian colloquial Arabic that translates loosely as “You can withstand one knock to the head, but two is difficult.” Last week, Egypt had to struggle with two major incidents, one of them in an extremely public manner...

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