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CAIRO, July 16 , 2018 (MENA) - The House of Representatives in its public sitting held Monday finally approved a draft law floated by the government to establish and regulate branches of foreign universities and educational institutions in Egypt.

The bill aims at developing the higher education and scientific research system in Egypt to be equal to the systems applied in advanced countries along with keeping the national identity of Egyptian students.

The bill stipulates that the main branch of the university will afford the costs of establishing and equipping its branch in Egypt.

The law stipulates that the minister concerned will form a committee to examine and study requests to establish foreign universities branches and educational institutions in Egypt.

The bill also provided that the president will issue a decree to establish foreign universities and educational institutions after the approval by the committee, the minister, the entities concerned and the cabinet.

CAIRO, July 15, 2018 (MENA) – Egypt's House of Representatives, in a session on Sunday under Speaker Ali Abdel Aal, approved in principle a draft law raised by the government concerning the establishing and regulating of branches of foreign universities and educational institutions in Egypt.

The bill aims at developing the higher education and scientific research system in Egypt.

The law stipulates that the minister concerned will form a committee to examine and study requests to establish foreign universities and educational institutions in Egypt.

The bill also says that the president will issue a decree to establish foreign universities and educational institutions after the approval by the committee, the minister and entities concerned and the cabinet.

CAIRO, July 15, 2018 (MENA) – Egypt's National Press Authority (NPA) on Sunday commended the parliament's response to journalists' appeals for introducing some amendments to a draft law on press and media regulation.

Those amendments, which guarantee the freedom of press and assert the journalists' rights to do their job, include repealing pre-trial detention in publishing cases and replacing the 29 controversial article with the article 71 stated in the constitution.

In a statement, the NPA hailed the efforts of the parliament's Media, Culture and Antiquities Committee over the past period to meet their demands, which aim at striking a balance in the formation of boards of directors of newspapers and general assemblies, in addition to disbursing the golden handshake for all employees working in the national press institutions.

Among those amendments were achieving the separation between the tasks of administration and editing, and the application of transparency and accountability rules, the statement added.

CAIRO, July 15, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal Sunday said the Egyptian nationality is not for sale. "Egypt is an ancient strong and pivotal state and many of those who obtained the nationality have merged into the Egyptian society."

During discussion of a law presented by the government to modify some articles of law no. 89 for 1960 on the entrance and exit and the residence of foreigners in Egypt and law no. 26 of 1975 on the Egyptian nationality, Abdel Aal said all regulations have been put in place and remarks by the State Council on the Egyptian nationality will be taken into consideration.

"The Egyptian nationality is dear and not for sale," he said, pointing out that there are many requests to obtain the Egyptian nationality by people who have been living in Egypt for 30 and 40 years.

Egypt is an independent and sovereign country, he stressed.

CAIRO, July 15, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's House of Representatives has agreed a draft law submitted by the government on foreigners' stay in Egypt, but delayed the final opinion to another session to meet quorum.

Under the bill, foreigners staying in Egypt could get a special stay visa, a regular stay visa, a temporary stay visa or a stay-with-deposit visa.

Deposits should not be less than seven million pounds for a foreigner to be able to get a stay-with-deposit visa.

Also under the bill, the interior minister is entitled to grant the Egyptian nationality to foreigners who stay in Egypt with a deposit for at least five successive years.

CAIRO, July 15, 2018 (MENA) - Speaker of the House of the Representatives Ali Abdel Aal congratulated MP Marianne Azer on being elected as head of the youths and women committee of the International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace (IPTP).

During a general session of the legislature on Sunday, Abdel Aal said that Azer has always been a good representative of the House at international events.

Azer, who is a member of the Communications and IT Committee of the parliament, was awarded by several international organizations including the US Department of State, University of Michigan–Dearborn and Academy Of Scientific Research & Technology.

She was also selected as one of the world's best 100 academic icons in the field of communications and IT.

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