Tag: Egypt

Egypt says it is ‘shameful’ that Qatar not held accountable at United Nations

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Egypt accused Qatar on Thursday of adopting a “pro-terrorist” policy that violated United Nations Security Council resolutions and described it as “shameful” that the 15-member body had not held Qatar accountable.   Qatar’s U.N. ambassador, Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, rejected the “baseless accusations” made by Egyptian Deputy U.N. Ambassador Ihab Awad […]

Jordan, Egypt and Palestinians declare eastern Jerusalem ‘capital of Palestine’

“Everyone is convinced that the president of the United States wants to act effectively for peace,” Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said Sunday at a press conference in Amman, alongside Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat. “The three of us felt a genuine commitment by Trump to resolve the conflict,” […]

Analysis: Palm Sunday church bombing in Egypt shows security is failing

Fashil — “failed” — thats how many Egyptians, particularly Coptic Christians, are describing their governments handling of security in Egypt in the aftermath of the Palm Sunday bombings in Alexandria and Tanta.The bombings, claimed by ISIS, left at least 43 dead and almost 120 wounded.Video posted on Facebook shows an angry crowd surrounding, then beating, […]

Sisi declares state of emergency

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Sunday declared a three-month state of emergency following the two deadly bombings on Coptic churches. “A series of steps will be taken, most importantly, the announcement of a state of emergency for three months after legal and constitution steps are taken,” Sisi said in a speech aired on state […]

Pope slams deadly Egypt church blasts: ‘World suffering from wars, terror’

Pope Francis condemned a deadly blast at a church in Egypt and said at a Palm Sunday Mass that the world was suffering from wars, terrorism and “interests that are armed and ready to strike.” Francis, who has not made any direct public comment on the current Middle East crisis, said the Mass as international […]

In first White House meeting in 7 years, Egypt expected to focus on security assistance

An Egyptian president will visit the White House for the first time in seven years on Monday when Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sits down with US President Donald Trump. The meeting is expected to focus on shared security concerns in the region. Sisi and Trump have reportedly struck up a rapport in phone calls preceding Monday’s […]

Warm welcome awaits Sisi as Trump rolls out red carpet for Egypt strongman

The Egyptian president, Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, is set to visit the White House on Monday, in a clear sign of the Trump administration’s willingness to firmly embrace dictatorial regimes that the previous administration spurned. Sisi is the first Egyptian leader to visit the White House since Egypt’s 2011 revolution, as well as the 2013 popularly backed […]

Egypt’s ambassador to Israel: Peace between Egypt and Israel is strong, stable

Forty years after president Anwar Sadat made his historic visit to Jerusalem, and 38 years since the signing of a peace treaty between the two countries, Egypt’s ambassador to Israel has warned against continued settlement building, saying it threatens Israel’s security. “A viable Palestinian state cannot happen with continued settlement expansion,” Ambassador Hazem Khairat said […]

Sisi calls for effort to reach ‘two-state solution’

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said on Tuesday that the Arab-Israeli “continues to be the core of regional instability in the Middle East” and called for “joint efforts by the countries of the region and the international community to reach a final and comprehensive solution to the conflict.”   He made the comments during his […]

Violence Against Egypt’s Christians Escalates At Alarming Rate

Violence against Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Christian minority, one of the largest and oldest groups of Christians in the Middle East, has escalated at an alarming rate in the last several weeks, with little official response. Since late May, Christians in Egypt have been the victims of at least a dozen sectarian attacks, and activists and […]