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Ashraf Sadek

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has stressed the need to upgrade the transport sector, which plays a pivotal role in the country’s economic development and growth.

At a meeting with Prime Minister Dr Mustafa Madbouli and Transport Minister Hisham Arafat Tuesday, President Sisi called for expediting the implementation of transport system and infrastructure projects and urged the upgrading of road safety systems, so as to reduce the number of road accidents.

Confirming that the transport sector was of central importance in view of its direct influence on the lives of people, President Sisi highlighted the need for sustained efforts to upgrade all the transport services that are provided to citizens, Presidency Spokesman Ambassador Bassam Radi said in his round-up of the meeting.

The President noted that the transport sector was an important pillar of support for the economic potential of the nation, Ambassador Radi said.

During the meeting, President Sisi reviewed the government’s plans for upgrading the transport sector and ways of applying the latest technologies to improve road safety nationwide.

“It is important to improve the transport sector because it has the capacity to strengthen the national economy,” said President Sisi, who held a separate meeting with the newly appointed Minister of Defence General Mohamed Zaki.

After reviewing the relevant government plans, President Sisi instructed Prime Minister Madbouli and Minister Arafat to initiate whatever measures they deemed necessary for improving transport, especially given its capacity to contribute to achieving economic development and attracting investment, Spokesman Radi said.

The President confirmed the importance of initiating action to set up integrated networks of roads to connect the new industrial zones to the country’s seaports.

In his presentation, Minister Arafat said that his ministry had started a plan for developing the railway system and improving its services nationwide.

The plan included using modern technologies, developing level crossings, renovating the rolling stock, buying modern locomotives and overhauling the existing ones, Minister Arafat told the President, according to Ambassador Radi.


Gazette Staff 

CAIRO, June 19, 2018 - In order to protect the country’s soil, seas and borders, navel units from Egypt and Spain have started comprehensive drills on Tuesday, which were held off Alexandria and some Red Sea governorates.

The drills came within the framework of Egypt’s keenness on strengthening its naval ties with Spain in order to deal with emergency situations, meet challenges and defend the homeland.

These drills aim at honing the skills of the Egyptian naval troops, which will be involved in the implementation and management of fighting missions.

The drills included manoeuvres in which the highly trained Egyptian and Spanish officers used various models of speedboats, frigates and rocket launchers, as well as troop carriers.

During the exercise, the Egyptian officers and soldiers demonstrated their ability to protect Egyptian seas and skies during times of peace and war.

A flotilla of speedboats joined the drills, which naval operations aimed at intercepting enemy vessels, as well as the provision of air support to operations.

The Egyptian and Spanish commanders exhibited their ability to protect the nation’s coasts against infiltration, smuggling and terrorist operations. They also showed their ability to safeguard giant ships and tankers as they entered Egypt’s territorial waters whether by day or night.

The naval drills also incorporated a firing exercise with live ammunition during which Egyptian and Spanish speedboats destroyed moving and stationary targets.

The drills also included another challenging sea defence exercise, in which various units dealt crippling blows to a simulated group of enemy ships and submarines before entering Egyptian territorial waters.

Following the exercises, all units returned safely to base.


CAIRO, June 19, 2018 (MENA) – Egypt's Ministry of Environment’s Crocodile Management Unit has hunted a Nile crocodile in Minya el Qamh city in Sharqia governorate, the ministry said in a statement Tuesday.

The unit has made sure that there are no other crocodiles in the area, the statement added.

Sharqia Governor Khaled Saeed expressed thanks to the efforts exerted by the Ministry of Environment to catch the crocodile, noting that his request to hand it over to Sharqia zoo was approved.

Procedures are under way to deliver the crocodile to the zoo, he said, noting that the move aims to raise people’s awareness about this species.

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CAIRO - The Egyptian Exchange ended on a mixed note Tuesday, the first trading session after the celebration of Eid El-Fitr, driven by institutions, Arab investment funds' sell-off, and purchases by locals and foreign investors.

Stocks' benchmark EGX30 dropped 0.94 per cent to 16,067.77 points; small and medium index EGX70 increased by 0.24 per cent to 802.24 points; the broader index EGX100 dropped by 0.04 per cent to 2,042.67.

The market capitalisation lost LE4.2 billion to hit 903.7.

BEIRUT, June 19, 2018 (MENA) – Egypt’s embassy in Beirut spares no effort to maintain the interests of the Egyptian expats in Lebanon, Egyptian ambassador here Nazih el Naggari said on Tuesday.

Naggari made the remarks during his meeting with the father of Lebanon’s Coptic Church, who visited the Egyptian embassy leading a delegation from the church to greet the ambassador on Eidul Fitr.

The pastor also expressed his greetings to the embassy staffers and Egyptian nationals in Lebanon on this occasion.

He also stressed that the embassy is committed to supporting and cooperating with members of the Egyptian community here in a way that helps meet their hopes and aspirations

CAIRO, June 19, 2018 (MENA) - House of Representatives Secretary General Ahmed Saadeddin Tuesday denied reports on some news websites that a number of Egypt's Parliament members visited Russia to attend World Cup matches at the expense of the Parliament.

A statement released by Saadeddin denied such reports, saying a number of MPs traveled to Russia at their own expenses and the House has nothing to do with it.

The House's statutes do not approve this at all, he said, calling on everyone to verify news before publishing any stories.

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