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"L'Iraq souhaite apprendre de l'Egypte l'expérience du contre-terrorisme" (l'ambassadeur d'Iraq au Caire)

"L'Iraq souhaite apprendre de l'Egypte l'expérience du contre-terrorisme" (l'ambassadeur d'Iraq au Caire) | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Iraq wants to learn from Egypt’s experience fighting “terrorism” in order to reestablish its security services, Iraqi ambassador Dhiya al-Dabbas told El-Sayyed el-Badawi, head of New Wafd Party, during a Tuesday meeting, according to a statement on the party’s official website.

Dabbas said he was keen to contact the New Wafd Party as “it is one of the oldest political parties in Egypt,” while Badawy said Iraq is an added power to the Arab world which could rise again after eradicating “terrorism.”

Badawy said Egypt defeated “terrorism” in the nineties and “will defeat it again because the people and all state institutions are united against it.”

Iraq is still suffering from the toll of war and “terrorism,” Dabbas said, adding that his government strongly wants Egyptian labor to return to Iraq.

Egyptian construction and gas companies were recently hired by the Iraqi government to embark on major projects in the country, Dabbas added.

The ambassador said that Iraq is planning to send Iraqi students to study in Egypt.

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New regulations for Iranian, Iraqi tourist groups

New regulations for Iranian, Iraqi tourist groups | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Foreign Ministry announced new regulations for tourists from Iran and Iraq on Thursday.

 

Egypt would agree to welcome tourist groups restricted in size from 50 to 100 individuals from the two countries, said Ali al-Ashry, the assistant foreign minister for consular affairs and Egyptian expatriates.
In addition, only three Egyptian travel agencies would be allowed to coordinate the arrival and departure of tourist groups originating from these countries, and they would be under the supervision of the Ministry of Tourism.

 

Iranian tourists would be permitted to visit certain areas, such as Luxor, Aswan, Sharm al-Sheikh and Hurghada, Ashry said. Iraqi tourist groups would be permitted to visit Cairo.

 

More on: http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/new-regulations-iranian-iraqi-tourist-groups

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Iraq to supply Egypt with 4 million barrels of oil monthly

Iraq to supply Egypt with 4 million barrels of oil monthly | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By: Lamia Nabil/Daily news Egypt

Egypt and Iraq have signed an agreement which will supply Egypt with 4 million barrels of Iraqi crude oil per month and 4,000 tonnes of diesel per day.

The agreement was concluded during Prime Minister Hesham Qandil’s recent visit to Iraq.

The oil will be supplied to Egypt via pipelines across the Gulf of Aqaba.

Minister of petroleum Ossama Kamal said he expected a “breakthrough” in the fuel shortage crisis currently gripping the nation after the Iraqi oil agreement, according to his press conference last Monday.

Kamal also said that the agreement will contribute to fill part of the gap between Egypt’s production of diesel, currently 22,000 tonnes per day, and its consumption, currently 35,000 tonnes per day.

 

More : http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/03/06/iraq-to-supply-egypt-with-4-million-barrels-of-oil-monthly/

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Al-Azhar warns Iraqi government against political exclusion

Al-Azhar warns Iraqi government against political exclusion | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb has called on the Iraqi government to set fair rules for all Iraqis, warning it against excluding or marginalizing any particular faction in light of renewed Shia-Sunni political tension.

Tayyeb met Sunday with an Iraqi delegation headed by Ahmed Abdel Malek al-Saadi, who represented Abdel Malek al-Saadi, a prominent Sunni religious figure in Iraq.

They discussed the general situation in Iraq, particularly recent protests by Sunnis who feel marginalized by the predominately Shia government.

Tayyeb agreed to increase the number of scholarships for Iraqi students to student at Al-Azhar.

Widespread demonstrations in the northern and western Iraqi provinces started on 23 December. Protesters demanded the prime ministers dismissal, legal amendments and reforms in various areas, and a halt to political exclusion for sectarian reasons.

 

This text is from El Masry el Youm

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Egypt eyes Iraq for a $4 billion cash boost

Egypt eyes Iraq for a $4 billion cash boost | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt’s minister of planning and international cooperation, Ashraf El-Arabi, headed to Baghdad to ask the Iraqi government to feed Egypt's foreign currency reserves with a $4 billion deposit in the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), Ahram’s Arabic news website reported on Monday.

Oil-rich gulf country Qatar had deposited roughly $4 billion in the CBE over the past two years to bolster Egypt's dwindling foreign currency reserves.

The country's foreign currency reserves currently stand at a critical low level of $13.5 billion, down from $36 billion a little more than two years ago.

 

More on: http://www.albawaba.com/business/egypt-depleted-foreign-currency--479900

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Why is Iraq supplying oil to Egypt?

The Iraqi government of Nouri Al Maliki agreed last week to provide Egypt with about four million barrels of oil. The development comes after the visit of Egyptian PM Hesham Gendel to Iraq, which was the first by a top Egyptian official in thirty years. The Iraq-Jordan pipeline, that ends at Al Aqaba port, will be used to supply the crude oil. Egypt has been in the throes of a financial crisis since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. The deal will help fill the gap in Egypt’s diesel production, which is 22,000 tonnes per day whereas the daily consumption is 35,000 tonnes.

Al Maliki also decided to release 33 Egyptian prisoners in his country and both sides have agreed to look at ending Egyptian debts, recruiting Egyptians for work in Iraq. Obviously, Al Maliki is eager for reconciliation with the Muslim Brotherhood government since the relations faced problems during the era of President Jamal Abdul Naser, Al Sadat and Hosni Mubarak, and due to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the assassination of Egyptian ambassador Eyhab Al Sharif in Baghdad in 2005. Maliki is seeking to gain the trust of Muslim Brotherhood and win its support for his stance on Arab Spring, especially on Syria. 

 

He wants to build Arab support for his initiative which aims at bringing Bashar Al Assad and his opponents to the negotiating table. 

The Government of Al Maliki has been resisting the overthrow of Syrian regime and, with support from Iran, opened its border to Shia extremist groups to fight alongside the Syrian regime forces. Also, it has allowed Iranian aircraft to use its airspace to fly to Syria, said news agencies. 

Both Iraq and Egypt stand to benefit from the oil deal. The government of Brotherhood is struggling to overcome the financial crisis, where they are exploring the possibility of using the Iran-Syria closeness to exert pressure on the US to get a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). At the same time, Al Maliki is keen on winning Egyptian support to solve the Syrian problem to protect the interests of Iran and the Assad regime.   

Egypt has the right to decide its priorities. Therefore, it’s not surprising to see it leaning towards Iraq on some Arab issues, including Syria. 

But we should not rush to conclusions. Let us see how the relations will evolve, and what positions they will take in the forthcoming Arab summit in Doha, especially on the issue of granting membership to the Syrian National Council in Arab League. 

 

Khalid Al Sayed / The Peninsula 
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Iraq to supply Egypt with 4 mln barrels of oil per month

Iraq to supply Egypt with 4 mln barrels of oil per month | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Iraq has agreed to supply Egypt with 4 million barrels of oil per month, during a visit by Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil to Baghdad on Monday, Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Moussawi said on Tuesday.

 

Economic turmoil since a popular uprising unseated Hosni Mubarak last year has stretched Egypt's finances and inflated the premiums the state petroleum company pays for fuel.

 

Traders say the number of firms supplying fuel to the Arab world's most populous country has shrunk and repeated shortages have angered motorists and disrupted industry and agriculture.

 

"An agreement has been reached for Iraq to sell crude oil to Egypt with an amount of 4 million barrels per month," Mousawi said, adding Baghdad would study a request to extend a planned oil pipeline from Iraq to Jordan on to Egypt.

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More on: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Business/Middle-East/2013/Mar-05/208864-iraq-to-supply-egypt-with-4-mln-barrels-of-oil-per-month.ashx#axzz2MeWwmJIp

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