Tunisia Slams Italian Vice PM for Remark It Sends ‘Convicts’ to EU

Amid a rising wave of anti-immigrant sentiment in Italy and as hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers from North Africa and the Middle East have landed in the country in recent years, controversial comments about migrants made by Italy’s new Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini have prompted strong criticism from Tunisia. During a local campaign stop in Sicily on Monday, Salvini, who is also a deputy prime minister in the new coalition government sworn in on Friday, said that even though Tunisia was a free and democratic country without “wars, epidemics, famines or pestilence,”…

Rival Libyan leaders in Paris agree to hold elections in December

he leaders of four rival Libyan factions have committed to holding parliamentary and presidential elections in the strife-torn country in December, after attending a peace conference in Paris. The four men, who represent a large part of Libya’s competing factions, also agreed to “accept the results of elections, and ensure appropriate funds and strong security arrangements are in place”. During four hours of talks in Paris, the leaders came under international pressure to agree on a political path to help end seven years of conflict.  Representatives from 20 countries including Egypt, Russia, the United…

Libya: High Council of State agrees to attend Paris conference on May 29

The High Council of State (HCS) has decided to attend the international conference in Paris that will be held on Tuesday at the Élysée Palace with a delegation headed by Khalid Al-Mishri – the Head of the HCS. The French President Emmanuel Macron will host the four main rivals of Libya including Al-Mishri, the Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj, the Speaker of the House of Representatives Aqilah Saleh and the commander of the self-styled army in east Libya Khalifa Haftar. The HCS members voted unanimously on going to the…

Italy’s belligerent new coalition is bad news for the EU

The EU is in desperate need of reform. But it’s unlikely to get help from Italy’s inward-looking, migrant-bashing new rulers. As Giuseppe Conte is asked to form Italy’s next government, I walk out of a screening of Loro, the controversial portrayal of Silvio Berlusconi by Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino. With images of drug-fuelled sex parties still in my mind, the uproar that accompanies the announcement about Conte appears odd. Italy has endured more than 30 years of dreadful governments. For much of the last two decades the country was led by a convicted tax fraudster.…

France proposes initiative to end Libyan political stalemate

France is seeking to resume its mediation role in solving the Libyan crisis by proposing an initiative to end Libya’s political impasse with the participation of high official parties, a Libyan source told Egypt Today. According to the source, Paris has recently conducted several negotiation meetings with Libyan factions’ leaders and a number of international countries, before inviting the main parties to participate in a Paris meeting on Tuesday. Libyan Army Commander Khalifa Haftar, Libyan Presidential Council Chief Fayez Serraj, First Deputy of the State Supreme Council Nagy Mokhtar and…

Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia: Interference in Libya prolongs the crisis

Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia have joined forces to reject foreign interference in Libya’s internal affairs. “Foreign interference undermines the country’s political process, prolongs the crisis and threatens security and stability in Libya and neighbouring countries,” a joint statement in support of the political settlement in Libya said. The statement was issued following a tripartite meeting held yesterday between foreign ministers Sameh Shoukry of Egypt, Khemaies Jhinaoui of Tunisia, and Abdelkader Messahel of Algeria in Algiers. They discussed the latest developments in Libya and prospects for a political solution with an…

Migrant door barely ajar as populists prepare to rule Italy

The impending arrival of an anti- establishment, far- right government in Italy heralds even more controversy over how to deal with the flow of migrants as it raises the spectre of mass expulsions. With a coalition of the anti-system Five Star Movement (M5S) and the nationalist League party poised to take power, the prospects for migrants reaching Italy after a hazardous sea crossing from Libya look even dimmer. The outgoing centre-left government has already all but closed the maritime border following controversial accords signed with the Libyan government as well…

Al-Quds University gains membership in the Mediterranean Network of Engineering Schools

In a streak of academic achievements for Al-Quds University, its Faculty of Engineering secured membership in the Réseau Méditerranéen des Ecoles d’Ingénieurs, the Mediterranean Network of Engineering Schools, following a unanimous vote during the conference of the public body held in Morocco. Since its establishment in 1997, the Réseau Méditerranéen des Ecoles d’Ingénieurs has housed dozens of faculties of engineering from countries overlooking the Mediterranean. With Al-Quds University’s newly accepted membership, Palestine now joins Algeria, Crete, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey. Al-Quds University’s Dean…

Tripartite meeting on Libya crisis to be held in Algeria

Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry, along with his Tunisian and Algerian counterparts, will take part in a tripartite meeting on Libya on Monday in Algeria, according to spokesperson of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Abu Zeid. Abu Zeid said that the meeting comes within the framework of the mechanism of the Arab tripartite neighbors of Libya, which aims to discuss the recent developments in Libya and the ways to support Libyans to achieve national consensus and reach a political solution. Abu Zeid added that the meeting’s…

OIC summit on Palestine reject US decision on Jerusalem

The extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) drew to a close late Friday following strong condemnations of Israeli killings of unarmed Palestinian protesters. A news conference was held and a final declaration was issued after a session chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Speaking at a joint press conference with OIC Secretary General Yousef al-Othaimeen and Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah, Erdogan said they held a very meaningful summit in terms of showing solidarity with the Palestinian people as well as conveying the necessary messages to Israel,…