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CAIRO, June 25, 2018 (MENA) - Health and Population Minister Dr Hala Zayed discussed on Monday with Head of the Coptic Orthodox Church Pope Tawadros II developing cooperation in the medical domain.

Zayed expressed thanks for the Church's efforts to alleviate burdens on Egyptian patients through its contributions to carrying out major medical operations to reduce waiting lists at hospitals.

She expressed readiness to send medical convoys to needy areas set by the Church.

Zayed said she will focus within the coming period on training doctors, providing a suitable working environment for them and re-building trust between doctors and patients before the application of the new medical insurance system.

The pontiff reviewed service projects carried out by the Church to offer medical care to citizens, including "Sehati" project that aims at building seven hospitals in seven areas.

The first of these hospitals was set up in Sharqiya governorate, he noted.

CAIRO, June 25,2018 (MENA) - Transport Minister Hisham Arafat said 85 per cent of construction work of the first stage of Phase 4 of Line No. 3 of Cairo Metro was finalised.

The first stage will be inaugurated in December, the minister said in a press statement released by his ministry.

Arafat toured a number of Metro stations of this section, that runs over an area of 6.35km stretching from Hisham Barakat station on Gesr Al Suez Street then towards Hakstep district and ends at Adly Mansour Transfer Station in El Salam City. It will have five elevated stations. 

During the tour, the minister called for abiding by the project's set timetable to ease traffic congestion in the densely-populated area.

This section of the Metro line is carried out by the Arab Contractors' Company and Orascom Construction, he added.

The entire third line will extend over more than 17km and include 15 stations.The Metro line's third phase will include eight underground stations, five elevated stations and two at-grade stations. 

CAIRO, June 25,2018 (MENA) - Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli attended on Monday the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding to boost scientific co-operation between the Higher Education Ministry and the British University of Liverpool.

The deal was signed by Higher Education Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool Professor Dame​ Janet Beer.

In statements following the signing ceremony, the higher education minister said that the MoU aimed at developing a strategic partnership between the Higher Education Ministry and Liverpool University, along with exchanging and training teaching staff and students.

He invited Beer to visit Egypt's educational and scientific research institutes to get acquainted with their distinguished human and scientific potentials, particularly Nile University and Zewail City of Science and Technology. 

The University of Liverpool is one of the UK’s leading research-intensive higher education institutions. Consistently ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide, Liverpool is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities, and has a global reach and influence that reflects its academic heritage as one of the UK’s largest civic institutions.

ISMAILIA, June 25,2018 (MENA) - Ismailia Governor Yassin Taher received on Monday South Korean Ambassador in Cairo Yoon Yeo-cheol as part of a series of field visits made by the Korean diplomat in a number of Egyptian governments.

Following the meeting, Ismailia Governor said Misr Public Library will host the Korean Cultural Day, which kicks off on Monday evening, as part of a host of events organised by the Korean Cultural Center in various governorates of Egypt.

The two sides also reviewed the main factors characterising Ismailia to lure in new investments and the recent national projects which have recently been launched in the province especially the Suez Canal Corridor Development Project and the New Suez Canal.

They also explored future plans for development in the Canal's province.

The Korean ambassador, for his part, praised the depth of diplomatic Egyptian-Korean relations, asserting that both governments are willing to further enhance their ties and partnership as well as beef up the exchange of cultural programmes and expertise in the various fields.

CAIRO, June 25, 2018 (MENA) - An Egyptian-American archaeological mission discovered a group of canopic jars at the tomb of Karabasken, who was Thebes' ruler and the fourth priest of Amun during the 25th dynasty (TT 391), said Secretary-General of the Higher Council for Antiquities Moustafa Waziri.

The mission, operating within the South Assassif Conservation Project on Luxor's west bank, found the utensils in a 0.50 metre-deep hole in the burial chamber of the tomb.

Once discovered, a team of archaeologists began restoring the jars.

Fatehi Yassin, head of the Egyptian side to the mission, said the jars are empty and are made from Egyptian alabaster. 

Canopic jars were used by the ancient Egyptians during the mummification process to store and preserve the viscera of their owner for the afterlife. 

The size of the found jars ranges between 35.5 to 39.4 cm.

The South Assassif Conservation Project started in 2006 when the two Kushite tombs of Karabasken (TT 391) and Karakahamun (TT 223) and the early Saite tomb of Irtieru (TT 390), were re-discovered there. 

CAIRO, June 25, 2018 (MENA) - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi reiterated on Monday keenness on standing by Iraq and developing bilateral cooperation in all
domains.

Sisi made the remarks during his meeting with Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi in the presence of Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and acting Intelligence chief Abbas kamel.

Sisi congratulated Allawi on his success in parliamentary elections that were held in May of 2018, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi said.

The president reiterated Egypt's support of Iraq's efforts to fight extremism and restore security and stability, calling for enhancing national unity to undermine attempts to foment sedition among Iraqis, the spokesman said.

Sisi also expressed hope that a national and strong government would be formed in Iraq to represent all segments of the society, saying Egypt would welcome any results satisfactory to all sides in the country.

Allawi expressed Iraq's appreciation for Egypt's support, saying Egypt is a cornerstone of security and stability in the Arab region.

He underlined the important role played by national institutions in Iraq to fight extremism and end sectarian conflicts.

Talks tackled the latest developments in Iraq in light of efforts to form a new government and the possibility of benefiting from Egypt's experiment in the reconstruction of the areas devastated by war in Iraq, the presidential spokesman said.


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