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Latvia’s FM visits Egypt, discusses energy cooperation, Russia/Ukraine war, others

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North African country, Egypt is hoping to strengthen its relations with the European Union, particularly regarding energy cooperation and policy migration matters in the Mediterranean.

The Egyptian Foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry held talks with his Latvian counterpart Edgar Rinkevich in Cairo Sunday to discuss a broad array of issues.

Part of the discourse included possibilities of stronger cooperation for food security was also top of the agenda as the consequences of the war in Ukraine continue to unfold.

Russia is the world’s largest wheat exporter and Ukraine is among the top five. Global grain markets are facing turmoil following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, with the two countries accounting for about 30 percent of the world’s wheat supply.

Beyond food security, Rinkevich insisted particularly on the important key role Egypt could play as a new energy supplier to the Baltic state.

I would stress that we see a new and very important sector that’s energy cooperation” Rinkevich said. Especially taking into account that now the EU is diversifying its oil and gas supplies from Russia and seeking new alternative ways and I think that this is where Egypt can and will play a very important role.”

The ministers also touched on developments on the continental level including the situation in Ethiopia and Libya during their talks.

“The solution (to be reached) has to be agreed upon by the Libyan parties and that is what Egypt is trying to facilitate by hosting the talks about the constitutional amendments between the Libyan parties – whether Libya’s (east-based) parliament or the High Council of State in order to reach a Libyan-Libyan solution that the Libyan people agree on and leads to achieving various entitlements in order to restore Libya’s stability and preserve the integrity of its territories.”Rinkevich concluded.

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Tunisia’s Interior Ministry alleges threats to President Saied’s life

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The Tunisian Interior Ministry has alleged serious threats to the life of President Kais Saied as concerns over a mounting political crisis in the North African country grows.

The Ministry said the country’s intelligence apparatchick revealed that both internal and external elements were involved in plans targeting the president.

Ministry spokesperson Fadhila Khelifi said in a news conference that “the goal was to undermine Tunisian public security by eliminating the President.”

Though Khelifi did not give out names of the purported planners, he however assured that they would soon be rounded up and made to face trial.

President Saied has been having a running battle with the opposition in Tunisia with opponents accusing him of a coup for seizing most powers last summer to rule by decree and preparing a new constitution that he plans to put to a referendum next month.

This year alone, Saied has moved to consolidate his powers by dissolving the parliament, annuling the electoral commission and taking also taking the war to the judiciary by sacking 57 judges after accusing them of protecting Islamists.

Critics have also accused him of clamping down on the opponents with the arrest of leading opposition figures and a widespread crackdown on the opposition parties.

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Senegal’s opposition leader calls for nationwide mega protest on June 29

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Despite clashes between government security forces and anti-government protesters which led to the death of three people last week, Senegal’s main opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko, has called for a fresh demonstration to be held on June 29.

Sonko who came third in the last presidential election in the country and has a large followership made up of mainly youths, had also called on citizens to bang pots and pans in protest on Wednesday which was a huge success, prompting in his call for the July 29 showdown.

“On the 29th of July, with or without authorization, we are going to organize our demonstration,” Sonko, a leader of the PASTEF party said in a press conference on Friday.

“If President Macky Sall wants to prevent this affair, he should be ready to arrest us or terminate us.

“Let the whole of Senegal rumble and let Macky Sall understand that the Senegalese people do not agree with his dictatorial designs or his ill-fated plan for a third term,” Sonko added.

Though the police has banned protests in the West African country citing risk of unrest, Sonko and other opposition figures have called on citizens to come out enmasse for the demonstration.

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