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By Gazette Staff

CAIRO, August 17, 2018 - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Friday sent seasonal greetings to members of the Egyptian communities abroad on the occasion of Eid el-Adha (feast of sacrifice), which would start on Tuesday.

In his message, President Sisi, who wished the Egyptians living abroad a very happy feast, wrote that the occasion would be filled with unending love, peace, serenity, and happiness to Egypt and all Egyptians.


Regional commitments

By the Gazette Editorial Board

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi recently said very firmly that the security and stability of Yemen were of the utmost importance ‘not only to the national security of Egypt but also to that of the whole region’.

The President’s strong emphasis on this came during a joint press conference he had with Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who paid a two-day visit to Cairo earlier this week.

It was the third time for Hadi to visit Egypt since he came to power in March 2015. On that occasion, he visited Sharm El-Sheikh to take part in an Arab Summit and attend the Suez Canal inauguration in August 2015.

President Sisi said that Egypt would not tolerate by any means any attempt to reduce Yemen to a centre of influence for non-Arab forces [Iran-linked Houthis]. “[Egypt] categorically rejects Yemen as a centre of influence or a threat to the security and stability of the brotherly Arab states,” President Sisi said.

He emphasised that Egypt was always genuinely committed to supporting the stability of Yemen and its territorial integrity. “Egypt always highlights its commitments to supporting the legitimate Yemeni government to overcome the current challenges and attempts to violate the future of the brotherly Yemeni people,” El Sisi said.

On this occasion, President Sisi underlined Egypt's readiness to increase the volume of training and support provided to build the potentials of Yemeni cadres in various fields. Egypt would increase the number of scholarships and training programmes, as well as therapeutic grants to receive and treat injured Yemenis.

President Sisi’s statement during the press conference was a clear-cut message that Arab national security was an essential and inseparable part of Egypt’s national security. His re-emphasis in this regard came when he warned that Egypt would not allow any foreign powers to threaten or destabilise the freedom of navigation in the Red Sea and the Strait of Bab al-Mandab, which was one of the world’s most important tanker routes.

Saudi Arabia last month had to suspend oil shipments through the Red Sea’s Bab al- Mandeb strait after Iran-aligned Houthis attacked two ships in the waterway.

Egypt's commitment to Yemen and different Arab countries far and wide in the Middle East stems from the fundamentals of its foreign policy and decades of struggle and co- operation.

CAIRO, August 16, 2018 (MENA) - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi issued on Thursday a decree extending the tenure of Mohab Mamish as the Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) for one additional year as of August 12, 2018.

The decree also extends the tenure of Mamish as the Chairman of the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) for one year.

The decree was published in the Official Gazette.

CAIRO, August 16, 2018 (MENA) - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi issued a decree approving a US grant for supporting comprehensive water solutions and water security as well as improving water sanitation services across Egypt.

Under the deal, signed on September 26, 2017, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will extend to Egypt a grant worth about LE50.874 million to improve its fresh water and sanitation systems.

The president also allocated two pieces of state-owned land in the Upper Egypt governorates of Menya and Beni Suef to the New Urban Communities Authority to build two new housing complexes: New Fashn and New Malawi.

The president also approved re-allocating 9,494 feddans of state-owned land in South Sinai's Ras Sedr to the Armed Forces.

BENI SUEF, August 15, 2018 (MENA) - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi stressed on Wednesday that the government is keen on securing the needs of the local market and reducing Egypt's import bill.

Producing needed products will save hard currency and, hence, contribute to currency stability, in addition to creating jobs for youths, he said.

During the inauguration of a cement and marble industrial complex in the Upper Egypt governorate of Beni Suef, the president said the project will secure about 2,000 direct jobs and 10,000 indirect jobs.

The marble complex will create 3,000 jobs in Upper Egypt, he added.

BENI SUEF, Egypt, August 15, 2018 (MENA) - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inaugurated a number of national projects in Beni Suef and Al-Arish on Wednesday. While in Beni Suef, the President inauraged two production lines for cement and granite production in Al-Arish city in North Sinai via video conference.

North Sinai Governor Abdel Fattah Harhour and Director of El Arish complex for cement production Essam Mohamed Abdullah unveiled the commemorative plaque to mark the opening of the two production lines.

Head of the National Services Projects Agency Major General Moustafa Amin made a presentation explaining that the project was set up in line with the comprehensive development plans in Egypt.

It is aimed at supporting housing and reconstruction projects in Egypt, he pointed out.

He further noted that the president urged adding two production lines to Arish cement complex to be four in total.

The Beni Suef and Arish projects are implemented by the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces in cooperation with the Chinese CDI company and the Italian Pedrini company, he added.

Today's projects in Beni Suef and Arish were implemented in only 21 months, he indicated.

Egypt is one of the first countries in the world to produce cement, as the first cement  factory was set up in 1911, he added.

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