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1.     Sisi invites Putin to attend inauguration of new Suez canal. (Middle East News Agency)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has invited his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to attend the inauguration of the new Suez Canal project, scheduled to take place in August.

El-Sisi extended the invitation to Putin at meeting in Moscow on Saturday. The Egyptian president was in Russia to attend celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s surrender in 1945.

The widening of the already operational Suez Canal will create a new lane to allow for ships to pass in opposite directions at the same time.

The government estimates that the new project, which was announced in August 2014, will double the canal’s revenues by 2023.

On Saturday Putin expressed his country’s support for “all steps taken by Egypt,” an Egyptian presidential statement read.

The pair also discussed the importance of forming a previously agreed-on committee for bilateral economic, commercial and logistical cooperation.

Egypt and Russia have been taking steps to strengthen their relationship



2.     FM leaves Cairo on African tour including Djibouti, Uganda. (All Africa)

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry left Egypt yesterday embarking on an African tour that will take him to Djibouti and Uganda for talks on issues of common interest, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ambassador Badr Abdel Ati.

Shoukry's visit to Kampala comes to resume high-level talks held over the past few months between the two countries, especially in view of Uganda's support for June 30 revolution and the support of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for Egypt at the African Union.

Talks will cover bolstering bilateral relations in all domains.

Shoukry will meet with Ugandan officials for talks on the latest developments in the African continent, the Nile Basin region, as well as efforts to combat terrorism in East Africa and the Sahel and Sahara regions.



3.     FM welcomes truce in Yemen. (Kuwait News agency)

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has welcomed the brief cease-fire concluded on Sunday between Yemen's warring parties.

In statements, Shoukry said the step is very positive, calling on Houthis to stop their military action that endangers Yemen's security and stability.

Such truce would allow humanitarian aid to reach civilians in the Arab nation, the Egyptian top diplomat added.

He noted that the move would also provide the opportunity for all parties in Yemen to reconsider their stances, solving the current political crisis.



4.     FM meets with head of MFO in Sinai. (Middle East News Agency)

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with David Satterfield, the director general of the Multinational Force of Observers (MFO) in Sinai.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdel Ati said that the meeting took up the force mission.

The spokesman added that the meeting also tackled ways of cooperation to combat terrorism in the Middle East as well as developments in Libya.




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