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Newsline: Embassy reacts to alleged kidney harvest of Nigerians in Egypt

The Embassy of Egypt in Nigeria has denied alleged illegal harvest of the kidneys of Nigerians who travel to the North African country for medical attention. In a statement issued by Ahmed Maher, who is the Head of the Press and Information Office in the Egyptian Embassy, the North African country, said its government had submitted a list of Egyptian certified medical centres and hospitals licensed to perform kidney transplant to relevant authorities in Nigeria. It also explained that all the hospitals involved in organ trafficking in Egypt had been shut down and their medical personnel prosecuted. The mission further clarified that no Nigerian was involved in the crime, adding that no complaint was filed against any Nigerian national over the incident.

http://dailypost.ng/2017/10/20/embassy-reacts-alleged-kidney-harvest-nigerians-egypt/

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Newsline: Egyptian diplomat leads race to be UNESCO head

An Egyptian diplomat is among the favorites to be the next head of UNESCO, the UN’s cultural agency. Moushira Khattab, 73, a former minister of family and population and a leading activist for women’s and children’s rights, is one of four Arab candidates. The others are Vera El-Khoury from Lebanon, Saleh Mahdi Al-Hasnawi from Iraq and former Qatari Culture Minister Hamad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Kawari. If Khattab wins, she would be the first person from Africa to lead UNESCO in its 72-year history. She is a former assistant minister of foreign affairs and ambassador to South Africa, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1174206/middle-east

Newsline: Egypt’s militants claim attack targeting Myanmar embassy

Egyptian militant group Hasm claimed responsibility on Sunday for a small explosion at Myanmar’s embassy in Cairo, saying it was in retaliation for that country’s military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. Egypt’s interior ministry has not commented on Saturday’s blast, which residents and media initially reported as probably the result of a faulty gas pipeline. Two security sources told Reuters that traces of explosives had been found at the scene. “This bombing serves as a warning to the embassy of murderers, killers of women and children in the Muslim Rakhine State, and in solidarity with the sons of this weakened Muslim population,” Hasm said in its statement. Myanmar’s government spokesman urged citizens abroad to be careful. “Pls take care Myanmar nationals around the world,” the spokesman, Zaw Htay, said on his Twitter feed. The latest wave of violence in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State began on Aug. 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts and an army camp, killing about 12 people. The Myanmar military response has sent more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, escaping what they and rights monitors say is a campaign aimed at driving the Muslim population out of the majority-Buddhist country.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-security/egypts-hasm-militants-claim-attack-targeting-myanmar-embassy-idUSKCN1C705D

Newsline: Israeli embassy reopens in Cairo

Israel has returned its diplomatic staff to Egypt some eight months after its embassy’s closure. Whilst the Israeli Foreign Ministry refused to comment on the issue, airport officials anonymously informed reporters that Israeli Ambassador David Govrin flew back to Cairo last night with eight staff members. A large security motorcade escorted the diplomats to their offices in Giza. Zionist Union MK Ksenia Svetlova, a member of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee who has been urging the return of the diplomats to Cairo, welcomed the move and expressed hope that the return of the embassy staff would “open a window for the expansion of the relations between the two countries in other fields, such as commerce and academia, which in recent years have almost completely disappeared.”

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170830-israeli-embassy-reopens-in-cairo/

Newsline: Israeli Embassy to Reopen in Cairo, Still Closed in Jordan

Israel will re-open its embassy in Cairo, nine months after it was closed due to security concerns, Israeli media reported on Tuesday. There has been no official confirmation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on this. Israel’s ambassador to Egypt, David Govrin, left Cairo with the entire embassy staff in December 2016, after Israeli security agency Shin Bet contended that their safety was endangered. According to Tuesday reports by Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Israeli Foreign Ministry and security teams recently traveled to Cairo to discuss new security arrangements in the embassy. Israeli diplomatic presence in Egypt has had a rocky record for the past decade, with Govrin working in Cairo rather briefly, from September 2015 to December 2016. The 2015 reopening took place after another, four year hiatus, also prompted by security concerns. In 2011, a mob of thousands protesters stormed the legation with battering rams, forcing Israel to airlift its diplomats out of Egypt. The other diplomatic crisis, between Israel and Jordan, shows no signs of resolution. Jordan banned Israel’s ambassador Einat Schlein from returning to Amman until the embassy security guard Ziv Moyal, who shot dead two Jordanians in July after being stabbed by one of them, is investigated and tried. Israeli authorities have launched a probe into the incident, but no conclusions have yet been drawn. Although Jordan described the warm welcome Moyal had received from Israeli government upon return as “provocative” and “damaging to bilateral relations” between the two countries, Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem claims there are “no issues” with Amman. They also announced a meeting scheduled for next week which will be attended by Jordanian and Palestinian Authority representatives.

https://news.google.com/news/search/section/q/embassy/embassy?hl=en&ned=us

Newsline: Italy to return ambassador to Cairo, ending standoff over murdered student

Italy said it would return its ambassador to Cairo more than a year after the murder of an Italian graduate student led the Rome government to recall its previous envoy. Giulio Regeni was 28 when he vanished from the streets of Cairo in January 2016. His body was discovered in a ditch on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital on Feb. 3, showing signs of extensive torture. Italy recalled its ambassador in April 2016 as it sought to obtain evidence from Egypt to solve the murder. Magistrates in Rome and Cairo have met a half-dozen times over the past year, but no one has been charged. “The Italian government’s commitment remains to clarify the tragic disappearance of Giulio,” Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said in a statement. “Sending an authoritative liaison (ambassador) will help, through contacts with the Egyptian authorities, reinforce judicial cooperation and as a consequence the search for the truth,” Alfano said. Regeni, who had been looking into Egypt’s independent unions for his doctorate thesis at Cambridge, attracted the suspicion of the Cairo government before his disappearance, sources told Reuters last year. Security and intelligence sources told Reuters that Regeni had been arrested in Cairo on Jan. 25, 2016, and taken into custody. Egyptian officials have denied any involvement to Regeni’s death.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-egypt-regeni-murder-idUSKCN1AU1YL

Newsline: South Sudan’s diplomat stripped of cash at Cairo airport

South Sudan’s Deputy Ambassador to Nigeria, who was denied leaving Cairo with thousands of U.S dollars on him has finally left Egypt bound for Abuja without some of the money.Mawien Makol, an official of the Foreign Affairs ministry told journalists that Deputy Ambassador, Riek Puok was carrying with him nearly $17,000 in cash while boarding a flight at the Cairo International Airport bound for Nigeria on Sunday when he was stopped at the foot of the aircraft. He said the authorities in Cairo refused to allow the diplomat to leave with the cash given that Egyptian travel regulations prohibit travelers from carrying more than $10,000.

http://journalducameroun.com/en/ssudanese-diplomat-stripped-of-cash-at-cairo-airport/