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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/

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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/

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