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PARIS, Sept 15, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's ambassador in Paris Ehab Badawi has lauded the deeply-rooted relations with France.

Badawi's remarks, to MENA, came as Montpellier in southern France will host an exhibition on Suez Canal on the 150th anniversary of its establishment.

He described the step as part of the historic and cultural ties between Cairo and Paris.

The diplomat asserted that Egypt is keen to promote the relations with the European country.

Both countries are preparing for the Egyptian-French cultural year in 2019, a step recently announced by the mayor of Montpellier at a joint conference with Egypt's Culture Minister Inas Abdel-Dayem.


HAFAR AL BATIN, Saudi Arabia, Sept 15, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian Consul Amin Hassan discussed on Friday with Chairman of Saudi Arabia's Hafar Al-Batin Chamber of Commerce Saad Al Shammari ways of promoting joint cooperation between the Saudi chamber and Egypt's private sector.

Shammari lauded Hassan's visit, which aims at developing bilateral cooperation, thanks to the deeply-rooted ties binding Egypt and the Saudi Kingdom.

The Egyptian diplomat also mulled the Egyptian expatriates' problems and means of resolving them.

CAIRO, Sept 15, 2018 (MENA) – Senior MP Moustafa El Gendy said that Egypt is keen on supporting Eritrea to regain its effective role at the African and International levels, amid latest developments in the Horn of Africa.

In this regard, Gendy asserted Friday that Egypt is concerned in preserving stability, security and peace in this region. He cited recently-held talks between Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki in Asmara, where they discussed a number of issues of common concern and ways of strengthening bilateral relations in various areas.

Afwerki comments with Shoukry are a strong evidence of Eritrea's keenness to bolster the historic ties with Egypt in the different domains and its willingness to make good use of available opportunities to cement joint cooperation, the lawmaker stressed.

Gendy shed light also on the pivotal role played by Cairo in the African continent under President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

He praised the Eritrean leader’s emphasis on the main role played by Cairo in the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea, as well as its great efforts to achieve peace and stability in the region.



CAIRO, Sept 14, 2018 (MENA) - France has stressed its full support to Egypt's efforts to host the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Sharm El Sheikh, during the period from November 17-29.

French Ambassador in Cairo Stephane Romatet has made these remarks during a meeting with Environment Minister Yasmin Fouad on Friday.

Romatet underlined that his country's support to Egypt will not be restricted to conference, it will also include environmental issues, including any steps to be taken by Cairo, during its chairmanship of the conference, concerning these issues in the coming two years, which will serve environmental issues in the region and the whole world.

For her part, Fouad welcomed the French support for Egypt's efforts to host the conference.

She stressed the importance of France's support in light of its great experience in matters related to environment, citing France's interest in the issue of climate change, which will be linked to the issue of biodiversity during the conference.

She underscored the effective cooperation between the ministry and the French Development Agency through the Green Climate Fund and the financing of projects for adaptation and mitigation of the effects of climate change on different development sectors.

BEIRUT, Sept 14, 2018 (MENA) - Lebanese President Michel Aoun had talks with Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi at the Baabda Palace on promoting bilateral relations in all fields, the national news agency reported.

The two sides also discussed the recent regional developments.

In the same context, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al Hariri probed with Allawi the latest developments in the Middle East region.





ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Sept 11, 2018 (News Wires) - Taking the next step in their dramatic diplomatic thaw, the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea on Tuesday officially opened the border where a bloody war divided them for decades, with emotional residents embracing after years of separation. Ethiopia later announced that troops on both sides would withdraw.

Ethiopia's reformist new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and longtime Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki "marked the radical transformation of the Ethio-Eritrea border into a frontier of peace & friendship," Abiy's chief of staff Fitsum Arega said in a Twitter post.

The leaders visited the Bure Front with members of their militaries to mark the Ethiopian new year and later did the same at the Serha-Zalambesa crossing, Eritrean Information Minister Yemane Meskel said on Twitter.

Photos showed Abiy in camouflage walking alongside Isaias in olive drab, while a ribbon stretched across one border post bristled with military personnel carrying not guns but cameras. Hundreds of civilians waved the countries' flags. People of the countries' Tigray region, who share close cultural ties, danced while flag-draped camels wandered by.

In comments carried hours later by the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate, Abiy announced that "to ease the tense atmosphere that existed in border areas, Ethiopian Defense Forces will return to various camps to recover and obtain additional training. The same will be done on the Eritrean side. Until then, soldiers will assist local farmers and shift to development activities."

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