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1.     Egyptian army forces free Ethiopians held in Libya – Sisi. (Reuters)

A group of Ethiopians who had been kidnapped in Libya arrived at Cairo airport on Thursday after Egyptian army forces rescued them, state media quoted Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as saying.

But one Ethiopian in the group, and a Libyan source, appeared to cast doubt on that version of events, saying the men had only been held up by Libyan immigration.

State TV broadcast live footage of Sisi greeting about 30 Ethiopians who had arrived on an Egyptian government plane.

"Sisi announced during a seminar the success of the armed forces in returning the Ethiopian brothers who had been kidnapped in Libya," state news agency MENA reported.

The state broadcast gave no details of their identity, the manner of their release or circumstances of detention.

Security sources told Reuters that Egyptian intelligence services had provided Libyan authorities with information that helped them free the Ethiopians who had been held by armed groups in the cities of Derna and Misrata.

 

 

2.     Ethiopia PM thanks Egypt for freeing Libya-held citizens. (All Africa)

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Thursday thanked Egypt for rescuing Ethiopian nationals held in Libya, the Egyptian presidency has said.

It said in a statement that Hailemariam made a phone call with President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi during which expressed "gratitude" for Egyptian efforts to free Ethiopians in Libya.

According to the statement, the Ethiopian premier said he was looking forward to visiting Egypt in June to attend a summit of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), which will be held in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Al-Sisi, meanwhile, said that both Egyptians and Ethiopians had a common fate.

Earlier Thursday, television footage showed the Egyptian President shaking hands with Ethiopian nationals who arrived at Cairo Airport on board of an Egyptian plane.

At the airport, al-Sisi said his country would continue to offer help to its African sister states.

 

 

3.     Egypt: Mahlab - Gov't Eager to Support Scientific Research. (Middle East News Agency)

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said the government is eager to support scientific research in the political, social and economic fields.

Addressing a conference organized by Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies (ACPSS), Mahlab called on the Egyptian people to unite during the coming period to protect their country.

Mahlab said the government welcomes any constructive criticism to take Egypt forward.

Mahlab also praised a vital role played by ACPSS in helping decision makers at a time Egypt was passing through its gravest phases since the 1967 defeat

 

 

4.     Egypt to host Libyan tribes’ conference in May. (Middle East News Agency)

Egypt will host a conference for Libyan tribes this month, in an effort to push forward the political dialogue in the turbulent country.

The conference’s exact date will be set in coordination with the United Nations (UN) and the Libyan tribes, according to a Foreign Ministry statement.

Ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said hosting the conference stems from Egypt’s belief in the importance of “supporting the unity of the Libyan people, achieving security all across Libya and giving a push to the political dialogue track”.

Abdelatty highlighted the importance of the tribes’ role in helping reach a “national agreement” that can facilitate the dialogue the UN leads between different Libyan parties through its envoy Bernardino Leon.

The UN is leading ongoing negotiations between the Libyan parties in the conflict, primarily the internationally recognized government based in Tobruk and Islamists in Benghazi.

Abdelatty asserted that Egypt strongly supports political reconciliation.

 

 

5.     IMF technical assistance team to visit Cairo early June. (World Bulletin)

The economic policy reforms pursued by the Egyptian government have started to pay off and growth is enhanced, although the country still facing difficult situation, Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Masoud Ahmed said Tuesday.

The IMF had “good discussions” with Egyptian officials in Washington last month and will send a technical assistance team to Cairo early June, said Ahmed.

Regarding the visit, IMF Mission Chief for Egypt Chris Jarvis told Daily News Egypt that IMF staff visits are routine visits to member countries, and are part of the IMF surveillance and policy consultation relations with the Egyptian authorities.

“We are not in talks on a new program or a loan. So far, the authorities have not requested IMF financing, but we would be ready to consider a request if the authorities feel it is opportune. As mentioned by the Managing Director more than once, the Fund stands ready to help Egypt and its people,” Jarvis added.

 

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