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Newsline: Egypt to free ex-diplomat

Egyptian authorities have ordered the release of a former diplomat who was detained after proposing a referendum on the regime of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, his lawyer said on May 20. (https://www.france24.com/en/20190521-egypt-free-ex-diplomat-critical-sisis-rule-lawyer) Masom Marzok, a former assistant foreign minister, was arrested in August 2018 after publicly criticising Sisi and calling for a poll on the former military chief remaining in power. Marzok, a veteran of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, was one of several activists detained on charges including partnering with a terrorist organisation and colluding to commit terrorist acts. “The order to release ambassador Masom Marzok has been confirmed,” defence lawyer Khaled Ali said on his Facebook page.

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Newsline: Sudan summons Egypt’s ambassador over border dispute

Sudan has summoned Egypt’s ambassador to protest his country’s announcement of an international tender in a disputed border area between the two nations. According to the official SUNA news agency, an unnamed senior Foreign Ministry official conveyed Khartoum’s protest over Egypt’s announcement for a bid in the disputed Halayeb triangle, a point of contention between Egypt and Sudan that dates back to British colonial times. (https://www.foxnews.com/world/sudan-summons-egypts-ambassador-over-border-dispute) The move came days after Egypt’s oil ministry announced the international tender. Sudan also warned international firms from joining the bid or carrying any explorations in this area and urged Egypt to employ “peaceful means” to solve the border dispute. Since 1958, Sudan annually renews its complaint to the U.N. Security Council over the territory.

Newsline: Hackers Exploit Bangladesh Embassy in Cairo Site

Attackers have been exploring new forms of phishing bait that will entice users to click and have reportedly had success exploiting Bangladesh’s Cairo embassy website, according to researchers at Trustwave. Research conducted at the end of October 2018 revealed that the Coinlmp web miner created a block for a government facility domain. Only two months later, the threat team detected a Microsoft Word document with an embedded malicious EPS script for the same domain. According to today’s blog post, the office document contains an EPS file and exploits a use-after-free vulnerability, CVE-2017-0261. (https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/hackers-exploit-bangladesh-embassy-1/) Detection rates for the malicious page were low,. However, when researchers tried to access most of the webpages on the site, they were prompted to save a file instead, indicating that malicious actors were controlling the embassy’s website.

Newsline: Egypt embassy in Algeria suspends services

The Egyptian embassy in Algeria announced that it had suspended its consular services. “Due to an emergency the embassy’s consular services will be suspended until further notice,” the embassy said on Facebook. No reasons were given for the decision. Sources suggested that the Egyptian decision came after a fire broke out in the embassy on Tuesday, this led to the building’s electrical transformers being damaged.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190110-egypt-embassy-in-algeria-suspends-services/

Newsline: Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt assists wounded tourists

The Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt has visited wounded Vietnamese tourists in a roadside bomb blast in the country and worked with local authorities to ask for measures to support treatment for the injured and facilitate Vietnamese citizens’ safe return. Three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian were killed in Egypt when a roadside bomb blast hit their tour bus near the world-famous Giza pyramids at 18:15 of December 28 (local time). There were 18 people on the bus at that time, including 15 Vietnamese tourists and three Egyptians, said the Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt. Of the 12 Vietnamese injuries, 10 are seriously injured and being treated in hospital, while two others with minor injuries were brought to the Embassy for care. Vietnamese Ambassador Tran Thanh Cong immediately visited the wounded victims at Al Haram hospital as well as the scene of the explosion. Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli also visited the victims at the hospital. Ambassador Cong worked with Egyptian health and tourism ministers, asking them to take measures to support treatment for the victims and facilitate Vietnamese citizens’ return soon.

http://en.nhandan.org.vn/politics/item/7006902-vietnamese-embassy-in-egypt-conducts-citizen-protection.html

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

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/