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Egypt in Foreign Media:


1.     Sisi meets UNESCO chief for cooperation talks. (Associated Press)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has met with Director-General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Irina Bokova with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Minister of Higher Education El Sayed Abdel Khaleq attending.

Bokova praised Egypt's role in the Arab and Islamic regions, Presidential Spokesman Alaa Youssef said.

UNESCO is keen on cooperation with Egypt that dates back to the 1960s when UNESCO helped in the International Campaign to save the monuments of Nubia, Southern Egypt.

Bokova will attend an international conference organized by the Egyptian government on confrontation of smuggling antiquities in the Middle East.

Sisi thanked the UNESCO chief for helping restore the damaged artifacts of the Islamic Art Museum after a terror attack in January 2014.



2.     Egypt to host Arab Thought Foundation conference in December. (Kuwait News Agency)

Egypt is scheduled to host the conference of the Arab Thought Foundation (ATF) in December, said Khalid bin Faisal Al Saud, the Emir of Mecca Tuesday during his meeting with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

“The Foundation will hold its next conference in Cairo in December 2015, in cooperation with the Arab League; the conference would tackle the issue of Arab integration,” Khalid bin Faisal Al Saud was quoted as saying by Egyptian Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef in a statement.

Upon a call from the emir, the conference will be under the auspices of President Sisi, Youssef added.

The meeting was attended by Bandar bin Khalid Al Saud, the ATF Secretary General, and the Saudi ambassador to Cairo Ahmed al-Qattan, Youssef continued.



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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