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Newsline: Egypt postpones Brazil visit after Bolsonaro promises Israel embassy move

Egypt has postponed a visit by Brazil’s top diplomat, Brazil’s foreign ministry said on Monday, in a move that two diplomatic sources said was due to the President-elect’s vow to relocate the South American country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Aloysio Nunes Ferreira was set to fly to Cairo for a Nov. 8-11 visit, during which he was to meet with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and his counterpart Sameh Shoukry. Egypt’s foreign ministry postponed Nunes Ferreira’s trip, citing problems with senior officials’ agendas, the foreign ministry said on Monday. But the foreign ministry sources, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue, said no new date has been proposed, signaling Egypt’s discontent with Jair Bolsonaro’s proposal. Egypt’s embassy in Brasilia did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Bolsonaro’s promise to relocate Brazil’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv follows a similar move by U.S. President Donald Trump in May, after he recognized the city as the capital of Israel. Palestinians also claim as their political capital.

https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Egypt-postpones-Brazil-visit-after-Bolsonaro-promises-Israel-embassy-move-571163

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Newsline: New Egyptian ambassador arrives in Israel

Khaled Azmi, the new Egyptian ambassador to Israel, arrived in the country on Sunday, according to an Egyptian diplomat. Former Egyptian ambassador to Israel Hazem Khairat recently left Tel Aviv after serving as Cairo’s envoy to the Jewish state for some two and a half years. In late August, the Egyptian government appointed Azmi, who previously served as the director of the counterterrorism unit in the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, as its new top diplomat in Israel. “He just arrived,” the Egyptian diplomat, who asked to remain unnamed, told The Times of Israel. “He will be presenting his credentials on Thursday.” A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry confirmed that Azmi will be presenting his credentials to President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem on Thursday.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/new-egyptian-ambassador-arrives-in-israel/

Newsline: Egypt Police Arrest Man with Homemade Bomb Near US Embassy

Police on Tuesday arrested a man carrying a crude explosive device near the heavily fortified U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt’s capital, according to security officials. They said the man, whom they did not identify, was intercepted outside the concrete blast barriers that encircle the U.S. and nearby British embassies in the leafy district of Garden City. The U.S. Embassy said in a tweet that it was “aware of a reported incident” near the embassy and advised American citizens to avoid the area.

https://www.voanews.com/a/egypt-police-arrest-man-with-homemade-bomb-near-us-embassy-/4556906.html

Newsline: Egyptian diplomat detained after calling for referendum

An Egyptian former diplomat has been detained by authorities in Cairo after calling for a referendum on President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s government, family members told CNN. “Security forces took my father, Maasoum Marzouk, from our home without explanation and without cause just for practicing his constitutional rights of calling for a referendum,” Maisara Marzouk said. “A minibus of around 15 civilian-dressed, armed security personnel arrived at 1pm and arrested him, then searched his house and took his personal belongings without showing us the legal permit for that procedure,” she added. Khaled Ali, Marzouk’s lawyer, confirmed the detainment, adding that seven opposition leaders also were arrested in the sweep. Marzouk is a former ambassador and assistant minister of foreign affairs. He is renowned for his criticism of the Sisi government.

http://www.phillytrib.com/news/egyptian-diplomat-detained-after-calling-for-referendum/article_47994b5b-f9ff-5b14-b9af-63ae4b4064ed.html

Newsline: Egyptian authorities denied a Swedish diplomat entry into the country

A Swedish diplomat was denied entrance into Egypt this week upon arrival at Cairo International Airport. Anne Madeleine, who is an employee of the Swedish embassy in Turkey, did not have the proper entry visa required for diplomats, a security source told local media. Although Madeleine had submitted her passport to terminate arrival procedures for tourism, she did not have the appropriate diplomatic visa. Passport authorities at the airport consulted with Assistant Foreign Minister Ayman Musharaf before making the decision. Musharaf made the call to enforce the principle of reciprocity, denying entry to the Swedish envoy. Since 2010, Egypt has enforced the principle of visa reciprocity. This means that envoys of nations that require Egyptian diplomats to obtain a visa prior to arrival are forced to do the same when traveling to Egypt.

https://stepfeed.com/egyptian-authorities-denied-a-swedish-diplomat-entry-into-the-country-5785

Newsline: Sudan summons Egypt ambassador over ‘insulting’ TV series

Sudan has summoned the Egyptian ambassador to Khartoum to complain about a TV series that portrays Egyptian rebel fighters living in the neighbouring country. The Sudanese foreign ministry said on Saturday that the Ramadan series, titled Abu Amr al-Masry, broadcasted by ON TV satellite channel, is “insulting to Egyptians living in Sudan and destroying the confidence and relations between the people of the two countries”. It urged Egypt to “stop attempts at disturbing the interests of the two countries”.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/sudan-summons-egypt-ambassador-insulting-tv-series-180520095212783.html

Newsline: Former official at Libya embassy in Egypt raids Libyan consulate HQ in Alexandria

Libya’s consul in Alexandria Adel Al-Hassi said the ex-consul Mohammed Al-Dressi along with some of his relatives and two diplomats who work in the consulate raided its headquarters and seized it early Tuesday. “Three Libyan security personnel were injured, one is in serious condition after being cut with a knife. The ex-consul-led mob seized the HQ and took the documents.” Al-Hassi explained to the press. He also urged Egyptian authorities to deport the attackers back to Libya and to hand him the HQ of the consulate as he is the legitimate consul, pointing out that the Presidential Council sent a letter to Egypt demanding lifting the diplomatic impunity of Al-Dressi after he attacked Cairo-based Libyan embassy earlier. The PC Head’s spokesman, Mohammed El Sallak, confirmed in a presser on Tuesday that Interim-Government-appointed Al-Dressi was the one who led the mob in attacking the consulate. El Sallak told reporters that the foreign ministry is following up on the situation in coordination with the Egyptian authorities, condemning the “heinous act.” Al-Dressi, meanwhile, told Al-Bayda-based Libyan News Agency that he resumed work from his office in Alexandria, adding he assumed office without any hindrances from the employees in there. Libya’s Cairo-based embassy and Alexandria-based consulate have been the battlefield between those appointed by the PC and by the Interim government in eastern Libya, with no clear action by Egyptian authorities, which have been swaying between accrediting PC’s consuls and regaining accreditation of eastern government’s diplomats.

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/former-official-libya-embassy-egypt-raids-libyan-consulate-hq-alexandria