Egypt: Egyptian Diplomatic Path Amended After June 30
Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said that his Saudi counterpart Saud al-Faisal will visit Cairo after his current European tour, to participate in the Arab League (AL) meetings next week.
This came in a press conference held by the Foreign Minister at the Ministry on Tuesday 27/8/2013, in which the minister , focused on the outcomes of his visits to both Sudan, South Sudan, Jordan and Ramallah stressing that the Egyptian national security has top priority in the regional sphere either Sudan , the Nile basin and the Arab Israeli conflict, irrespective of being involved in internal or other external issues. Fahmi also stressed that Egypt’s situation did not and will not change till the Palestinian state is established with Jerusalem as its capital, pointing out that the Egyptian diplomacy path has been amended on the regional and international levels after June 30 particularly in relation to the Middle East issues.
On the other hand Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said Egypt will no longer accept the existence of illegal tunnels that open in the Gaza Strip.
Fahmy said Cairo remains against the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip.
The top diplomat said he talked with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas about a number of mechanisms that should be further negotiated before implementation.
Asked whether Hamas would allow members of the rival Fatah movement back into the enclave, Fahmy said that the matter has not been settled yet.
Replying to a question about his agenda of action, Fahmy said that he is mainly concerned with protecting the revolution, national security and rehabilitating the Foreign Ministry to be able to face challenges at the international level.
He talked about old relations with Russia, pointing to the fact that he is communicating with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov about different issues. Ties between Cairo and Moscow should have a special status in the future, he noted.
Fahmy also urged Europe to rightly assess developments in Egypt and challenges Cairo is facing.
Expert warns Egypt’s Brotherhood could restore “banned” title if It continued escalation
Dr Kamel Habib, an expert in Islamic affairs, cautioned that the Muslim Brotherhood could restore its previous title of a banned group if it insisted to further escalate the situation in Egypt.Habib urged rational figures in the group to reach other options that could lead to the Brotherhood’s re-engagement in the political life.
He said if the Brotherhood kept escalating the situation, there would be no chance for dialogue that can come up with fruitful outcome in line with the roadmap set by Defense Minister Colonel General Abdel-Fattah Al Sisi.