Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Egypt capable of manufacturing weapons locally: minister http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2475758 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2017/01/23/505446/559812_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-e094a347-cf96-56ed-9f94-040159b99977" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6667px;">The Military Production Ministry seeks to fulfill the armed forces&#39; needs for some projects, due to the ongoing threats in the region as well as the probable continuation of instability that prevails around Egypt regionally and internationally, minister&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6667px;">Mohamed al-Assar said</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6667px;">.</span></p><br /><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14.666666666666666px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">He added that the ministry should serve the armed forces, as is its role.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6667px;">&ldquo;Meeting the demands of the armed forces is [our] main goal. We can manufacture all of our weapons. It can be done,&rdquo;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6667px;">Assar said i</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline;">n an interview on a talk show aired on privately-owned&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6667px;">channel&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6667px;">On Live TV on Monday.&nbsp;</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14.666666666666666px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Egypt can cooperate with foreign countries to establish plants to manufacture and develop weapons in order to make a 100 percent Egyptian weapon, he explained.</span></p><br /><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14.666666666666666px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</span></p><p><br /><br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:28:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2475758 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2017/01/23/505446/559812_0.jpg Trump, Sisi discuss fighting terrorism in phone call http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2475759 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/12/28/43/sisi.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and US President Donald Trump discussed ways to boost the fight against terrorism and extremism on Monday and the new American leader underscored his commitment to bilateral ties, the two countries said.</p><p>Trump told Sisi in a telephone call he appreciated the difficulties faced by Egypt in its &quot;war on terror&quot; and affirmed his administration&#39;s commitment to supporting the country, Sisi&#39;s spokesperson Alaa Youssef said in a statement.</p><p>&quot;The US president also expressed during the call his looking forward to the president&#39;s awaited visit to Washington which is being prepared for through diplomatic channels,&quot; the statement said.</p><div><div><span style="font-size: 1em;">White House spokesperson Sean Spicer told a news briefing that Trump and Sisi &quot;discussed ways to deepen the bilateral relationship and support Egypt&#39;s fight against terrorists.&quot;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p>&quot;President Trump underscored that the United States remains strongly committed to the bilateral relationship, which has helped both countries overcome challenges in the region for decades,&quot; Spicer added.</p><p>He said Trump indicated he was committed to ensuring that US military assistance to Egypt effectively supports the Egyptian military&#39;s fight against terrorism.</p><p>Trump also commended Sisi for his efforts to deal with Egypt&#39;s economic challenges and offered to discuss how the United States could support its economic reforms, Spicer said.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>(Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein in Cairo; additional reporting by Jeff Mason and David Alexander in Washington; Editing by Catherine Evans and Lisa Shumaker)</em></p> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:28:00 +0000 Reuters 2475759 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/12/28/43/sisi.jpg New Russian consulate in Hurghada inaugurated http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2475752 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2017/01/23/507556/hurghada.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The Russian ambassador to Egypt Sergey Kirpichenko inaugurated the third Russian consulate in Egypt on Sunday, in the city of Hurghada.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The new consulate is expected to serve about 20,000 Russians in Hurghada.<div>&nbsp;</div><p>The ceremony was held at Samra Bay area, close to the Russian consulate in Hurghada Promenade street.&nbsp;</p></div><div>Several Russian and Egyptian personalities attended the ceremony, including Red Sea governor Ahmed Adallah, and members of the Russian community in Hurghada, as well as investors from the tourism sector.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Consul General of Russia in Hurghada, Jamshed Boltaev, said that there is a large Russian community in Hurghada linked by family ties and married with Egyptians.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He added that the goal of establishing a new consulate in Hurghada is to defend the interests of Russian citizens residing in the Red Sea governorate and the Russian tourists, as well as developing Russian-Egyptian ties in the fields of culture, economy and trade exchange.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Russian government issued a decree last November to open the Russian consulate in Hurghada, while the Red Sea Security Directorate completed the establishment of a checkpoint in front of Samra Bay area to secure the new Russian consulate building.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The new Russian general consulate in Hurghada is the third Russian consulate in Egypt, along with one in Cairo and another one in Alexandria.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:29:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2475752 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2017/01/23/507556/hurghada.jpg Meet the first Egyptian-American judge elected in US http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2475746 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2017/01/23/501184/sherrie_miday.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="LTR">The Egyptian-American Sherrie Micheal Miday was sworn in as a newly elected judge, after winning the elections on the Cuyahoga County Board in Ohio, to become the first ever Egyptian judge in a United States court.</p><p dir="LTR">&quot;It&#39;s been a long journey, but together we crossed the finish line; thanks to all of your prayers, support and encouragement, the &#39;Friends of Sherrie Miday for Judge&#39; won the election.</p><p dir="LTR">&quot;The real work begins now in service to the citizens of Cuyahoga County; thank you again for your support,&quot; Miday wrote on her official Facebook page.</p><p dir="LTR"><img alt="Image may contain: 5 people, people standing and indoor" src="https://scontent-mrs1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/16177746_1172513832797792_6122777350788623104_o.jpg?oh=0b3332d01dfa4f2f32eeaf237f52f762&amp;oe=59044B18" style="height: 355px; width: 536px;" /></p><p dir="LTR"><em>Photo by Nader Soliman, Icona photography&nbsp;</em></p><p dir="LTR">Miday said that she is proud of being Egyptian, especially that during the elections she was slammed for being an Arab and many people were labelling her a &quot;terrorist Arab&quot;. In 2014, she was a candidate for the same court,&nbsp; but she was defeated in the general election.</p><p dir="LTR">The 40-year old judge was born and raised in Cleveland, where she&nbsp;graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1998 and received her Juris Doctor degree from the same university in 2001.</p><p dir="LTR"><img alt="Image may contain: 2 people, eyeglasses" src="https://scontent-mrs1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/16112664_1172513166131192_6377238890581854992_o.jpg?oh=db7db05afcdb1e56135337d7bf368dce&amp;oe=59064B2C" style="height: 376px; width: 536px;" /></p><p dir="LTR" style="font-size: 14px;"><em>Photo by Nader Soliman, Icona photography&nbsp;</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p dir="LTR">From being a judicial staff attorney for the court, Miday sought to be elected judge, especially as she had a long experience with the law, having served as a labor and employment attorney; a domestic violence prosecutor; and currently, a mortgage litigator with the firm of Manley Deas Kochalski, LLC, specializing in foreclosure litigation and creditor&rsquo;s rights law.</p><p dir="LTR">Bieng a mother of three kids was not a barrier for Miday to reach her dream. Her interest in civic life began at a very early age as her father is the Reverend Mikhail Edward Mikhail, who was the 8th Coptic Orthodox priest ordained to serve a growing Coptic congregation in the USA.&nbsp;</p><p dir="LTR">&quot;My father&rsquo;s nearly 40 years of service is a tremendous inspiration to me, my husband and our three children. He could not do it, however, without the support of my mother, whose love for her church, community and family is incredible,&quot; Miday said on her official website.</p><p dir="LTR"><img alt="Image may contain: 4 people" src="https://scontent-mrs1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/15994362_1172513426131166_1820704625034923239_o.jpg?oh=170ee10fae568e5beb602c31f82b3973&amp;oe=5915A27B" style="height: 355px; width: 536px;" /></p><p dir="LTR" style="font-size: 14px;"><em>Photo by Nader Soliman, Icona photography&nbsp;</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p dir="LTR">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:23:00 +0000 Hend El-Behary 2475746 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2017/01/23/501184/sherrie_miday.jpg