The Interior Ministry has successfully foiled a plot of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood to target state facilities and institutions during celebrations of the anniversary of June 30 Revolution, to be marked on Sunday.
In a statement released on Tuesday25/6/2019, the ministry explained that the National Security Service has managed to uncover a villainous scheme drawn up by the MB's fugitive leaders in cooperation with their operatives inside the country who claim to be representatives of the civil political powers.
The scheme carries the name of "Khetat Al Amal" or "Al Amal Plan", the statement noted, adding that it is based on uniting the ranks of the members of the terrorist group and providing them with the financial support they need from the revenues and profits of some economic entities that are run by the group's leaders and their affiliates to target the state's facilities and institutions during the celebrations.
Information received by the National Security Service revealed that the plan is focused on establishing routes for the financial funds sent illegally from abroad by some hostile countries to work on carrying out violent and riot acts across the country to disrupt celebrations of the revolution's anniversary, the statement said.The statement also noted that the scheme aimed at launching inciting campaigns in the media and through the social media and satellite TV channels that are broadcast from outside the country. The statement identified some of the MB leaders who are involved in the plan including Mahmoud Hussein, Ali Bateekh, anchor Moataz Matar, Mohammed Nasser as well as the fugitive leader of El Ghad Party Ayman Nour.
Acting on such information, security forces, in coordination with the High State Security Prosecution, targeted 19 economic entities which are secretly run by the MB leaders and seized documents, amounts of money and electronic devices that were in their possession, the statement added.
The security authorities are currently making an inventory of the assets of these companies which are estimated to be worth EGP 250 million and sifting through the seized documents, said the statement.
According to the statement, among those implicated in the scheme are Mostafa Abdel Moez, Abdel Sattar Ahmed, Osama Abdel Aal, Mohamed el Aqabawi, Ahmed Abdel Geleel, Hussein el Ghanam, Omar Mohamed Sherif, Mostafa el Shenety and others who were all rounded up with various MB-related documents and money found in their possession.
The High State Security Prosecution has launched investigations to take legal action against all conspirators, it added. MENA
Egypt, EU discuss bilateral cooperation, issues of mutual
The Subcommittee on Political matters, Human Rights and Democracy- International and Regional Issues of the Association Agreement between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the European Union held its sixth session at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cairo on June 23-24th 2019, said the Foreign Ministry in a press release on Monday24/6/2019.
The meeting was co-chaired by Ambassador Raouf Saad, Chairman of the National Bureau for the Implementation of the Association Agreement, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Colin SCICLUNA Deputy Managing Director, Middle East and North Africa, European External Action Service.
The two sides conducted a comprehensive and frank political dialogue covering many issues of mutual interest, on the bilateral, regional and international levels, including the Middle East Peace Process, following up on the results of the 1st LAS-EU Summit, the situation in the Arab region, Syria, Libya, the outcome of the 5th AU-EU Summit, peace and security in Africa, the Horn of Africa, Sudan, Nile water issues, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Euro-Mediterranean cooperation including Cross Border Cooperation as well as the results of the elections of the European Parliament.
They took stock of the latest developments in all these issues and explored ways to further promote their dialogue and cooperation, including in multilateral fora, to foster their efforts towards attaining peace and stability in the Mediterranean and beyond.They noted the significant progress achieved in implementing the Partnership Priorities for the period 2017-2020, within the framework of the Egypt-EU Association Agreement, and agreed to continue discussions on the Partnership Priorities for the next period after 2021.
They also focused on the bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the areas of human rights, democracy, the rule of law and fighting corruption acknowledging that their cooperation and dialogue are indispensable to achieve their mutual interests and confront their common challenges. They emphasized the importance of pursuing their dialogue and cooperation to further attain more concrete progress in all areas in line with their constitutional and international obligations.