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CAIRO, August 18, 2018 – President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Saturday sent a message of condolences to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres following the death of the former head of the world body Kofi Annan.

Egypt expresses profound condolences over the death of Annan, whose memory and accomplishments at the world body will never be forgotten, according to President Sisi’s message, which was directed also to the international community and the African Continent.

Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first African secretary-general, died earlier in the day. He was 80.

The Foreign Ministry also mourned the death of the late head of UN, saying: "Annan’s memory, achievements, and efforts for world peace and development will be always remembered, Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Ahmed Abu Zeid, said in a statement on Saturday.

Late Annan will remain as a symbol of which every African and peace-loving person be proud, the statement said.

 Annan spent virtually his entire career as an administrator in the United Nations. His aristocratic style, cool-tempered elegance and political savvy helped guide his ascent to become its seventh secretary-general, and the first hired from within. He served two terms from Jan. 1, 1997, to Dec. 31, 2006, capped nearly mid-way when he and the UN were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.

During his tenure, Annan presided over some of the worst failures and scandals at the world body, one of its most turbulent periods since its founding in 1945. Challenges from the outset forced him to spend much of his time struggling to restore its tarnished reputation.

His enduring moral prestige remained largely undented, however, both through charisma and by virtue of having negotiated with most of the powers in the world.

When he departed from the United Nations, he left behind a global organisation far more aggressively engaged in peacekeeping and fighting poverty, setting the framework for the UN's 21st-century response to mass atrocities and its emphasis on human rights and development.

"Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good," current UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. "It is with profound sadness that I learned of his passing. In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organisation into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination."

CAIRO, August 18, 2018 (MENA) - Marwa Tamer, a 7-year-old girl, has undergone a successful surgery in line with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi's directives to treat the child at the state's expense.

After a precise surgery performed on the girl at Nasser Institute Hospital in Cairo by a highly qualified medical team, the child's medical condition is stable and she is currently receiving the necessary medical care following the operation.

In a statement, Ministry of Health said that the minister contacted the mother of the child who was transported by an ambulance from her house in El Bagour township, Monufia governorate to Nasser Institute Hospital in Cairo.

The mother of the child appealed to the president to intervene to treat her disabled daughter who needed an urgent surgery to fix her neck vertebrae, which was damaged due to pressure on spinal cord.

 

 

 

CAIRO, August 18, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian Health Ministry has performed surgeries for 7,606 patients, out of 12,127 on waiting lists, as part of a national initiative.

The initiative kicked off on July 18 upon directives from President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

It covers nine specializations including Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Oncology, tumors and kidney and liver transplant.

CAIRO, August 18, 2018 (MENA) – President Abdel Fattah El Sisi ratified Saturday the law that regulates the financial leasing and factoring activities, after the House of Representatives had passed it.

The law gives six-month grace period to the companies working in financial leasing and factoring activities to legalize its businesses. The Financial Supervisory Authority was granted the authority to extend this deadline to one or two additional terms.

The new law was published in the official gazette.

The law came within the framework of the state’s keenness on developing financial inclusion, increasing the investment volume, and boosting economic activities in order to increase the rates of production and operation.

President Sisi ratified also Saturday law No. 175/2018 on combating IT crimes.

The law stipulates that the providers of communications and IT services should be committed to preserving and storing IT system record for 180 consecutive days.

It also states that the service provider should offer to the users or any governmental body concerned the data and information related to its name and address besides the data license to determine the party which it will be submitted to its supervision.

The law stipulates punishing those who commit crimes of violating the safety of networks and IT systems besides using without right communications and IT services.

It criminalizes illegal logging on a website, private account or IT system which are banned to enter in addition to hacking e-mails, websites, private accounts and the governmental IT systems.

CAIRO, August 18, 2018 (MENA) - Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Diocese sent a cable of greetings to President Abdel Fattah el Sisi on Eidul Adha.

In his cable, the Pope prayed for helping Sisi in defending and modernize the country.

He sent a similar cable to Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli.

The Eid will fall on Tuesday.

CAIRO, August 18, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian Minister of Interior Mahmoud Tawfiq sent on Saturday a cable of greetings to President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on the approach of Eidul Adha, which falls on Tuesday.

In the cable, Tawfiq pledged that security forces will continue making sacrifices to defend the country's security and maintain justice and stability.

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