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Analysis - After pact, much still divides the Sudans

By Hereward Holland | Reuters | 28 Mar 2013

South Sudan's deal to sell oil to Swiss-based trader Trafigura, made public on Wednesday, shows how new detente with Sudan may revive trade, but much can yet derail a pact meant to stifle hostility along their disputed border.

Landlocked South Sudan, independent since 2011 after decades of civil war, is to resume oil exports it shut off 14 months ago in a dispute over transit fees with Sudan's government in Khartoum. The Trafigura deal, to pump crude to Sudan's Red Sea terminal at Port Sudan, is a mark of its intent.

Egyptian president visits India to boost cultural, trade and tourism ties

By Al Arabiya with Agencies | 19 Mar 2013

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi began his India visit with a ceremonial welcome at the presidential palace in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Mursi is leading a high-level delegation of business leaders and ministers, including the ministers of communications, information technology, trade, commerce and investment.

Bilateral trade between the countries has increased significantly in the recent years in spite of the political transition in Egypt and currently stands at USD 5.5 billion.

Israel, Turkey row over Zionism deepens rift between ex-allies

By Reuters | 01 Mar 2013

Israel’s prime minister accused his Turkish counterpart on Thursday of making a “dark and false” statement by calling Zionism a crime against humanity- a comment likely to hit efforts to repair ties between the two former allies.

The Turkish premier’s statement, made at a U.N. meeting in Vienna a day earlier, was also condemned by the head of Europe’s main rabbinical group who called it a “hateful attack” on Jews.

Ahmadinejad: First Iranian leader to visit Cairo in more than 30 years

By Al Arabiya with Reuters | 05 Feb 2013

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Cairo Tuesday to attend the Islamic Solidarity Organization conference, a step that marks the first visit of an Iranian president to Egypt in 34 years.

President Mohamed Mursi kissed Ahmadinejad as he disembarked from his plane at Cairo airport, footage broadcast by Egyptian state television showed.

On the sidelines of the summit, Ahmadinejad will also meet Al Azhar’s Grand Imam Ahmad el Tayyeb, head of Egypt’s leading Sunni Islamic institute.

France’s Hollande says not in Algeria to ‘apologize’

By Agencies | 20 Dec 2012

French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday that he had not come to Algeria to offer “apologies” for crimes committed during the colonial period.

“I have not come here... to offer repentance or apologies. I have come to say what is true,” Hollande told a news conference in Algeria, on the first day of his landmark visit to the former French colony.

Syria opposition coalition names London ‘ambassador’

By AFP | 26 Nov 2012

Syria’s opposition coalition on Monday named a human rights activist as its “ambassador” in London, it said in a statement posted online, the second such appointment by the newly formed coalition.

“The coalition of the opposition announces the nomination of the president of the Syrian Commission for Human Rights, Walid Safur, as ambassador to London. He is the second ambassador of the Syrian revolution,” the National Coalition said on its Facebook page.

Violence in Israel challenges U.S.-Egypt ties

By Bradley Klapper | AP | 16 Nov 2012

The Obama administration struggled Thursday to deal with the biggest flare-up in Israeli-Palestinian violence in years, unable to call on its old ally, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, to negotiate an end to rocket attacks on the Jewish state.

Instead, the administration relied on Egypt’s untested Islamist President Mohammed Mursi, who - like the Gaza Strip’s rulers, Hamas - is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Britain’s Cameron visits Gulf to sell jets, discuss security

Source : AFP | 05 Nov 2012

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron arrived Monday in the Gulf on a three-day visit aimed at selling Typhoon Eurofighter jets and discussing regional security threats, the British embassy in the UAE said.

The embassy said on its Twitter account that Cameron had arrived in the United Arab Emirates “for a series of meetings.” It later tweeted that he had breakfasted with British troops based in the Gulf state.

Riyadh, Paris stress need to halt Assad, Iran nuclear plan

By Jassim Abuzaid | 05 Nov 2012

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and French President François Hollande met briefly yesterday to discuss an agreement to support the Syrian opposition to topple President Bashar Assad.

Turkish minister calls EU "most hypocrite union of all time"

Source : Agencies | 16 Oct 2012

Turkish Minister of Economy Zafer Caglayan has said, "EU is the most hypocritical institution of all time and the most hypocrite association in the world."

Speaking at the Elita Oil Factory's opening ceremony in southern province of Adana, Caglayan said, "EU is the most hypocrite union of all time and the most hypocritical association in the world and this hypocrite EU has had Turkey wait at its door for 50 years."

Minister Caglayan added that EU grew 1.5 percent last year and on the other side, Turkey grew 8.5 percent.

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