French senate to help train Sisi's reformed upper house
The senates of France and Egypt have begun designing a training programme as the Egyptian upper house, which began sitting again in 2020 after many years of interruption, seeks to modernise.
In July 2021, four months after the blocking of the Suez Canal by the Ever Given, Egypt received damages after finally agreeing to set the container ship free. The authorities in Cairo preferred, however, not to reveal the heavily reduced amount of compensation paid.
The upper house of the Egyptian parliament was dissolved in 2013 but was re-established by President Sisi after the 2019 constitutional referendum. The formation of a bi-national group would further enhance the already strong relationship between the two countries.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has called for a "national dialogue" with hand-picked representatives of the opposition for this week. The aim of this forum is to reduce the risk of internal protests and to satisfy Cairo's Western allies in the run-up to COP27.
As Ethiopia prepares for the third filling of the Renaissance Dam, Egypt's diplomatic corps is taking action to keep Sudan on its side. It has come to Gen. Al Burhan's aid in Khartoum, where negotiations between the government and military have reached an impasse.
The economist Mahmoud Mohieldin, who was investment minister under Hosni Mubarak and an insider in the deposed president's clan, left Cairo for Washington shortly before Egypt's 2011 revolution. He is now working as Sisi's "climate champion".
Tension is rising between Egypt and Turkey's intelligence chiefs over Turkey's refusal to extradite suspected Muslim Brotherhood members and Erdogan's Libyan ambitions, differences that jeopardise an Egyptian-Turkish reconciliation.