Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news en Sisi calls for unity among Arab nations to confront terrorism, avoid foreign interference <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called on Arab leaders to unite positions, putting an emphasis on the threat of terrorism to the Arab world<span dir="RTL">.</span></p><p>In his address to the Arab summit on Wednesday, Sisi thanked King Abdullah II for his warm hospitality and his efforts to ensure the success of the summit. He affirmed Egypt&#39;s support for the Jordanian monarch throughout his presidency of the Arab summit, adding that his wisdom will consolidate relations between the two countries<span dir="RTL">.</span></p><p>Sisi said the Arab summit is held in light of challenges facing the region, which are targeting the unity and integrity of Arab lands, and threatening the interests of its people and its supreme interests. He said the Arab peoples look to [leaders] with a strong stance in facing the dangers that have plagued the region<span dir="RTL">.</span></p><p>The President added that the Arab region suffers from several ruptures; these challenges must be faced with a clear vision and full determination to protect [our] national future. &quot;Over the past few years, the new challenges have plagued our Arab homeland, we have lost stability when national institutions have been weakened, intimidation and sectarian conflict have spread among people, foreign interference has increased in countries, and evil terrorism has taken advantage,&quot; he said.</p><p>Sisi expressed his regret for the exploitation of some external forces which used the unprecedented conditions experienced in the region to strengthen its influence and extend its control to intervene in the Arab countries, whether politically, militarily or security-wise, and unabated by the disintegration of the institutions of those countries.</p><p>The President called on Arab states to take a clear and decisive position on these interventions in order to say: &quot;We will not allow any force to intervene in our affairs or impose areas of influence within the Arab countries.&quot;</p><p>Sisi said a political solution to the Syrian crisis is the way to achieve the aspirations of the Syrian people, preserve their national institutions, eliminate the threat of terrorism and provide favorable conditions. Egypt has contributed to various national efforts to resolve the national crisis. Egypt will remain committed to a negotiated political solution and support the United Nations roadmap in Geneva.</p><p>On Libya, the president said Egypt will spare no effort to reach a solution and will continue to cooperate with Libya&#39;s neighboring countries to push forward political settlement without external interference so that the brotherly Libyan people can resolve the crisis and preserve the unity of the Libyan territory and safeguard its capabilities.</p><p>Iraq is facing terrorism and the &quot;forces of darkness&quot;; Egypt fully supports Iraq in its war against extremism and has made great strides towards the restoration of national authority.</p><p>Sisi said Egypt believes that the battle of Iraq against the Islamic State is &quot;our battle [too] for the sake of the future of our children&quot;. As far as achieving success, efforts to achieve national reconciliation are necessary to restore the national state. Egypt will support every effort and welcomes every step to restore normal relations between Iraq and its Arab brethren.</p><p>On the Palestinian issue, the President said this remains the central issue for Arabs, and is at the heart and mind of every Arab; it is regrettable that it will continue to be insoluble and that as the situation continues, the crisis in the Arab world will intensify.</p><p>&quot;We seek a just and equitable solution, and Egypt renews its full commitment to reaching a solution to the issue to establish peace in this precious region, based on the Arab peace initiative,&quot; Sisi said.</p><p>Sisi stressed that joint Arab action is the basis for resolving the issues and crises that the region is undergoing. &quot;Last year, as the Arab representative in the UN Security Council, we sought to coordinate positions and highlight the issues of concern to the region,&quot; he said. &quot;Restoring health to the Arab body is inevitable to face the dangers that faces the region.&quot;</p><p>President Sisi renewed Egypt&#39;s full support for the efforts of the Secretary-General of the Arab League to preserve the unity of the Arab countries.</p><p dir="RTL">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:29:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2477562 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/09/20/43/r.jpg Nile Basin ministers to hold extraordinary meeting <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Water ministers of the Nile Basin countries have agreed to hold a new extraordinary meeting soon in Entebbe to resolve disputes over the Nile Water Framework Agreement following the completion of the study presented at their meeting yesterday in Uganda.</p><p>An official statement by the Ministry of Irrigation said the meeting will discuss the report of the mini ministerial committee, which held a meeting a few days ago in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on the Egyptian concerns about the Nile Basin Initiative and the framework agreement that legally hinders Egypt from participating in the activities of the initiative.</p><p>He added that Egypt responded in principle to the remarks and expressed its readiness to present a proposal for future steps. It was agreed by the end of the meeting to give an opportunity for all countries to study the concerns of Egypt and respond to them.</p><p>He pointed out that the proposed future steps presented by Egypt, pave the way for its return to the initiative.</p><p>Participants in the meeting agreed on projects to clean the tropical lakes from the weeds, and to establish berths and rainwater harvesting ponds for population and livestock usage, said Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aaty in a statement Tuesday.</p><p>Ugandan Minister of Water and Environment Sam Chippitoris was quoted as saying after the meeting that they had rejected demands by the Egyptian government to take full control of the Nile waters, Uganda&#39;s The Independent magazine reported on Tuesday.</p><div>He added that other countries also have their own opinions on how to use water, as the growing Ugandan population need to use water as much as Egyptians, noting that the ministers received a report about the Egyptian government&#39;s reservations on the matter.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp;</p><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:37:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2477559 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/08/17/1755/renaissance_dam.jpg State Council judges: new Judicial Authority Law pushes Egypt into dark tunnel <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="font-size: 1em;">The Parliament&#39;s decision on Sunday to approve the draft amendments to the Judicial Authority Law, regarding how heads of judicial bodies are appointed, ignited a state of anger and resentment among masses of judges across all official bodies.</span></p><p>They called the law a violation of the independence of the judiciary and a waste of stable norms and traditions in choosing the head of each body according to the rule of seniority and not the choice as stipulated in the new amendments introduced to the law<span dir="RTL">.</span></p><p>The crisis escalated within the State Council amid warnings for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to intervene and solve the crisis described by the judges of the Council as &quot;fabricated and unjustified&quot; at a time that raises a lot of suspicion.</p><p>Judicial sources familiar with the State Council said the approval of the amendments by the Parliament pushes the country into a dark tunnel and a new crisis during this sensitive stage in the country.</p><p>The sources, who asked not to be named, said there are many questions that increase the state of uncertainty and suspicion surrounding the law, the simplest of which is the timing of its proposal, followed by a retreat from any discussion of it --&nbsp; then suddenly the Parliament announced its approval.</p><p>The sources wondered how the previous text in the Judicial Authority Law may have caused harm to the Parliament or society as a whole, so as to resort to modifying it now.</p><p>They added that the proposal for these amendments only touched on the provisions for selecting heads of judicial bodies, although there are other more important portions that need to be amended.</p><p>The sources explained that the new draft law gives to the President the right to choose the head of each judicial body, particularly in the State Council; he can now choose the President of the Supreme Administrative Court, which deals with cases filed against the government, including the President himself.</p><p>The Supreme Administrative Court has jurisdiction over the most serious issues such as rights and freedoms, international agreements, and the privatization and sale of state land. The sources stressed that this law must have been passed without careful study or discussion.</p><p>The amendments did not specify the criteria on which the President will choose the heads of judicial bodies, but left them open without any framework or conditions for this choice, which is the greatest threat to the President of the Supreme Administrative Court, the sources said.</p><p>The sources added that there are several procedures discussed by the State Council, the most important of which is calling for an emergency General Assembly for all members of the Council to respond to this law and confirm its rejection in full, considering it unacceptable interference by the legislative authority in the affairs of the judiciary.</p><p><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p><p dir="RTL">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:10:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2477557 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/05/20/1755/state_council.jpg 28C in Cairo, 22C in Alexandria forecast for Thursday <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="ltr">Warm, sunny weather is expected to prevail on Thursday along western coasts, with moderate weather forecast for eastern coasts, th Delta and Cairo, meteorologists said.</p><p dir="ltr">Low- and medium-level clouds will appear in the north. Mild northwestern winds will blow along northern coasts.</p><p dir="ltr">Highs of 28C will be felt in Cairo and 22C in Alexandria.</p><p dir="ltr">Waves in the Mediterranean will reach 1.5-2 meters high, and 1-1.5 meters in the Red Sea. Northwestern winds will blow across both seas.</p><p dir="ltr">Hotter weather will be felt in Upper Egypt during the daytime, dropping to cold temperatures overnight.</p><p dir="ltr">Highs of 34C are expected in Qena and Luxor and 35C in Aswan.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p><p><br /><br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:36:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2477554 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/02/25/16030/277787_0.jpg