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ASWAN, Egypt, June 18, 2018 (MENA) – Deputy head of Aswan Botanical Garden Gamal el Orouba said that 4,650 people including 75 tourists visited the garden during Eidul Fitr holidays.

In statements on Monday, he noted that the garden, also known as Kitchener's Island, includes a huge amount of rare plants.

The garden that was established 115 years ago is always visited by Egyptian citizens and tourists during the holidays and vacations, he further said.

British consul Lord Horatio Kitchener, who was fond of gardens, turned the island in the 1890s into a botanical garden, importing exotic plants and trees which flourished in the Aswan climate.

The botanical garden was constructed in 1899 and turned into an experimental station for plants from equatorial regions in 1928.

CAIRO, June 18, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's Minister of Civil Aviation Youness Al Masry inspected Monday Hurghada international airport, as part of a series of inspection tours and follow-up visits to Egyptian airports.

This visit comes after the minister inspected Cairo and Sharm El Sheikh international airports over the past two days to check the security procedures applied and the progress of development projects at both terminals and the level of services provided to passengers.

The minister inspected the departure and arrival halls of terminals 1 and 2 to learn about the airport's capacity of passenger traffic, in light of the intensified international and domestic flights currently being witnessed.

During the visit, he followed up on the security situation and the additional procedures that were implemented in coordination with the concerned authorities at the airport.

He also inspected the baggage screening equipment inside the departure and arrival halls, as well as following up on the procedures taken with arriving and departing passengers.

In addition, he listened to a detailed explanation of the operation of the new security system (ctx) installed at terminal 2 in accordance with the international security standards.

At the conclusion of his visit, he stressed the need to provide all necessary measures in coordination with all concerned parties within the airport to ease procedures for passengers.

CAIRO, June 18, 2018 (MENA) - Deputy CEO of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI) Mohamed Abdel Wahab inaugurated on behalf of Investment and International Cooperation Minister Sahr Nasr Monday Egypt's pavilion in the Fan Zone in Russia's St. Petersburg.

The Fan Zone, which aims at showcasing Egypt's investment plan, comes within the framework of Egypt-Discover and Invest Campaign inked with the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) to be the official regional and African sponsor for the World Cup 2018 organized in Russia.

The campaign targets promoting Egypt as a destination for global investment and attracting more tourists to the country from all over the world.

Nasr underlined that Egypt promotes for its investment opportunities during this important international event.

BEIRUT, June 18, 2018 (MENA) - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi expressed his appreciation for the leading role of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and his noble message, describing him as a symbol of moderation and support for the rule of law and institutions in Lebanon.

In a statement, media office of Hariri said Sisi sent a message to Hariri, in which he congratulated him on forming the new Lebanese government, wishing him success and for Lebanon.

CAIRO, June 18, 2018 (MENA) - Security chiefs of Cairo, Giza, Gharbiya, Ismailia, Suez, Minya and Luxor carried out field tours to inspect the security condition in streets and squares.

They toured the microbus stations to make sure that the drivers abide by the fixed transportation fares and encounter violations by some of them who may exploit the recent rise in fuel prices.

Security bodies have intensified measures in the vicinity of fuel stations.

This came within the framework of the strategy of the Interior Ministry to counter any violation of the law.

DAMIETTA, Egypt, June 18, 2018 (MENA) - Two container ships and two cargo vessels have arrived at the Egyptian Port of Damietta over the past 24 hours.

Seventeen other vessels are docked at the anchorage area waiting for their entry procedures to be completed, a statement by the Damietta Port Authority said Monday.

Two trains laden with 2,642 tons of wheat and 108 trucks carrying 5,872 tons of wheat left the port, the statement added.

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