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Egypt, Qatar sign MoUs after renewed diplomatic relations

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In the bid to strengthen its trade and diplomatic ties, Egypt and Qatar have signed three memoranda of understanding.

Egypt’s presidency made the announcement on Wednesday during a two-day trip by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Doha.

The signed agreement includes one between the two nations’ sovereign wealth funds,

President Sisi is visiting Qatar for the first time since Cairo and Doha restored relations last year following a regional diplomatic rift. The two countries have moved quickly to rebuild relations since, striking deals worth up to $5 billion.

In 2017, Egypt, along with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, boycotted Qatar in an attempt to force Doha to change its regional policies.

The boycott ended in 2021 when the four countries normalized relations with Qatar.

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Video: Iranian women protest in black of death of Mahsa Amini

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In this video, Iranian women dressed in black clothes hit the street in protest in the town of Saqes, Iran the hometown of Mahsa Amini who died in police custody after being arrested for wearing an “inappropriate attire”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, wife, get royal invite to visit Britain

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Preside Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa is set to make a state visit to Britain in his first visit to the United Kingdom since King Charles became the constitutional monarch.

The Buckingham Palace said on Monday that President Ramaphosa and his wife, Tshepo Motsepe, have accepted an invitation from the new British monarch for the Nov. 22-24 state visit.

President Ramaphosa’s visit will be in line with former South African presidents, Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, and Jacob Zuma all made state visits to Britain.

Camridge scholars, Henshaw, and Peter James argued in a study that Britain and South Africa continued to be bound closely together both by common interests and by mutually advantageous bargains founded on Britain’s indispensibility as a market, a source of goods, technology, and capital, and as a military ally.

Britain is South Africa’s fourth-biggest export market. In 2021, Britain exported 4 billion pounds ($4.5 billion) of goods and services to South Africa.

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