*Egypt in Foreign Media:
1. Egypt’s Sisi keen on cooperating with Russia. (Moscow Times)
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said Saturday his country is keen on cooperating with Russia at all levels, the Cairo-based Al Ahram newspaper reported.
Sisi, which made the statements during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, said that he is aiming for all sorts of collaboration that would benefit both countries.
Putin affirmed Russia’s support to Sisi and said that his country will keep on backing the Egyptian leader “for the good of your people and your country.”
During the meeting, Sisi also spoke about Russia’s role in World War II and said that Egypt understands the role that Russia has played to combat fascism.
Sisi was in Moscow to take part in celebrations marking 70 years since victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.
Cairo has sought to strengthen its ties with Moscow against the backdrop of strained ties with long-time ally Washington since the ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Mursi in July 2013.
2. Egypt cooperation with Iran,Turkey ruled out due to ‘Arab national security’: Foreign Minister. (Middle East News Agency)
Egypt’s cooperation with Iran and Turkey is ruled out for Arab national security, said Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry yesterdayday in an annual conference at the Faculty of Economic and Political Studies in Cairo University.
“A rapprochement with Iran amid what is going on in the Arab world is off the table, as that would mean there is a role for Iran in the Arab world, while we are working on Arab national security and territorial integrity,” Shoukry said.
However, he said this position does not mean there is no dialogue in the framework of the U.N. To entrench that stance while discussing the Arab region’s problems, ultimately aiming to peacefully resolve them.
Since the 2013 military ouster of President Mohamed Morsi following mass protests against his regime, Egyptian relations with Turkey have been strained. Meanwhile, Iranian relations with Egypt’s Gulf allies have increasingly worsened in the past few years.
Signs of better relations emerged during Morsi’s one-year term, as ties between Cairo and Tehran have been suspended since 1979. Following Morsi’s ouster, who belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, Gulf States, except Qatar, supported Egypt politically and economically.
3. Egyptian foreign minister to visit Djibouti, Uganda. (All Africa)
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry left Cairo today for a trip that includes stops in Djibouti and Uganda.
A foreign ministry spokesman told Al-Ahram Arabic website that Shoukry’s visit to Djibouti will focus on security and economic developments in the Horn of Africa, as the conflict in Yemen continues.
Djibouti has a population of about 800 thousand people. It gained its independence from France in 1977 and joined the Arab League in the same year.
The topics of discussion will include the situation in the strategic Bab Al-Mandab Strait and freedom of navigation in the Red Sea, in addition to methods to “confront current challenges” in this area.
Egypt is part of a Saudi-led Arab coalition that has been fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen since March.
Egypt’s naval forces are responsible for securing Bab Al-Mandab; most ships passing through the strait are either going to or coming from Egypt's Suez Canal, one of the country's main sources of income and foreign currency flow.
The strait is located between Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula, and Djibouti and Eritrea on the Horn of Africa.
Shoukry, who has made visits to several African countries lately, is also expected to visit Uganda to discuss bilateral relations and projects.
4. Egypt: Rwanda Moves to Double Exports to Egypt. (All Africa)
Rwanda's exports to Egypt could increase as the two countries move to renew efforts and commitment to boost trade relations.
This follows a meeting between Francois Kanimba, the Minister for Trade and Industry and Negm Namira, the Egyptian High Commissioner to Rwanda, yesterday in Kigali.
The two discussed ways to strengthen and foster trade relationships and investments between Rwanda and Egypt. The exports whose volume is expected to increase include pineapples, sweet bananas, tea, coffee and other horticulture products.
Statistics from the Ministry of Trade and Industry indicate that Rwanda earns about $30million in exports to Egypt annually while Egypt earns a staggering $64millon from exports to Rwanda.
However, the tide is expected to change in favour of Rwanda after a pledge by Egypt to open up more markets for made in Rwanda products, Kanimba noted.
He added that efforts are on going to find ways on how Rwanda's tea and coffee exports will be exported directly to Egypt without going through Mombasa.