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1.     Egypt and Djibouti agree on Red Sea security: Foreign Minister. (All Africa)

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has said that his country and Djibouti are on the same page regarding the situation in Yemen, as both are geographically close and share interests in maintaining security in the Red Sea.

Shoukry sat with Djibouti’s President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh during his visit to the country on Monday to discuss how to protect the strategic Bab El-Mandab Strait and freedom of navigation in the Red Sea.

The strait is located between Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula, and Djibouti and Eritrea on the Horn of Africa.

Shoukry said in statements to reporters that more cooperation is expected between Egypt and Djibouti within the context of the ongoing conflict in Yemen.  

Egypt is part of a Saudi-led Arab coalition that has been fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen since March.

Egyptian naval forces are responsible for securing the Bab Al-Mandab Strait. 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.

Shoukry, who has made visits to several African countries lately, is also expected to visit Uganda to discuss bilateral relations and projects.



2.     Egypt sends Nepal humanitarian aid. (World Bulletin)

Cairo has sent Kathmandu 18 tons of humanitarian aid to counter the effects of the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal at the end of April, said the Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty in a statement Monday.

On April 25, Nepal was hit by 7.8-magnitude quake that has killed more than 8,000 and injured more than 18,000. Since then, the country has received humanitarian aid from many countries.

The 18 tons of Egyptian was shipped in cooperation with India, the statement added.

Nepal was hit again by a strong earthquake Tuesday morning; the 7.4-magnitude quake was close to Mount Everest, Reuters reported.



3.     Egypt unsatisfied with NPT conference progress. (Middle East News Agency)

Egypt has called for the resignation of the coordinator for a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone (NWFZ) during the ongoing NPT Review Conference in New York.

According to Reuters news agency, Egypt is unsatisfied with the progress made so far, since it is aiming for a conference within 180 days after the NPT conference. The conference would be to discuss the ban on WMDs in the Middle East.

The report cites officials warning that Arab proposals, most calling for the immediate signing of the NPT treaty by Israel, might push the Jewish state away.

Without its participation, such a conference would be virtually useless, since Israel is the only Middle Eastern country that presumably commands over an arsenal of nuclear weapons.

Previous ‘working papers’ drafted by the group of Non-Aligned States, headed by Iran, and by the Arab League states all aimed to push Israel under the framework of the NPT and put its nuclear installations under supervision of the IAEA.





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