US Secretary of State Stops in Egypt in Middle East Treatment

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with Egypt's foreign minister in the capital Cairo for a week's visit to the Middle East.

Monday's meeting with Sameh Shoukry was held while Egypt was conducting a military operation which is large in Sinai, where Islamic militants have been fighting for years, and in remote areas of Egypt's mainland where extremists have attacked security forces and civilians.

Tillerson will Press Turkey to Restrict in Afrin

Tillerson and Shoukry will hold a joint press conference before Tillerson meets with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi later that day.

Washington has held back a portion of $ 1 , 3 billion military aid annually to Egypt, under the pretext of human rights abuses.

From Egypt, Tillerson will travel to Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, to meet with officials there as well as Saudi, Emirat, Iraqi and Syrian delegates. [gp]

US vice president vows Egypt strong support for fight against terrorism

United States Vice President Mike Pence pledged America to continue supporting Egypt in the fight against terrorism

"America stands shoulder to shoulder with Egypt," Pence told reporters after meeting President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to discuss security issues and terrorism, in Cairo on Saturday (20/1).

Egypt faces serious security issues, including ISIS attacks in North Sinai. Sissi said the two leaders discussed ways of combating terrorism cancer in the country.

Pence's visit to Egypt was the first stop on a four-day trip to the Middle East. In this tour, Pence will also visit Jordan and Israel, which will be the first high-ranking US official visit to the region since President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December.

Pence, a Conservative Christian, The capital of Israel, a decision welcomed by American evangelists who greatly honor Jerusalem. Pence and Sissi did not address the issue in a statement to journalists.

The visit was originally scheduled for December but was postponed because Pence was involved in the reshuffling of tax laws and because Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas refused to meet him in Bethlehem.

the decision of President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which makes Palestine reject the role of America as a mediator in the region. [ds]

US Vice President Visits Today to Egypt

US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, will land in Egypt on Saturday, the first stop of a four-day trip to the Middle East which will also include visits to Jordan and Israel.

Saturday morning (20 / 1), the American vice president Air Force Two stops at Shannon Airport in Ireland to refuel. Pence was greeted by American troops inside the airport.

"We will tackle this in Washington," Pence told the American troops, referring to the closure of government funds. "You are still focused on your mission," the vice president said.

The vice president earlier issued a statement about the closure of an American government office, saying "instead of solving the problem, Democrat party leaders prefer the closure of government offices and this has dangerous consequences for our national defense. Their actions tonight or their absence, are outrageous. "

In Cairo, Pence will hold meetings with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and other officials before flying to Amman, Jordan where he will rest the night before a meeting with King Abdullah Second and Queen Rania. Sunday afternoon he flies to Israel.

Pence is the first high-ranking US government official to visit the Middle East since President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move widely criticized by world leaders.

Trump has also announced that America will move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. [gp]

Guilty Hina Court, Ex-President of Egypt Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, along with 19 other defendants, were sentenced to up to 3 years in prison for an offensive indictment of the court. Morsi was also sentenced to a fine of 2 million Egyptian pounds or equivalent to Rp 1.5 billion by the Cairo court. The other defendants on trial in the same case as prominent Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah and members of parliament who are also television presenter Tawfik Okasha were fined between 30 thousand – 1 million Egyptian pounds (Rp 22.9 million – Rp 765 million).

This verdict can still be sued by the defendants, including Morsi.

In this case, the Morsi who came from the Muslim Brotherhood group was considered to make an insulting statement to the court when he was still the President of Egypt. In his remarks several years ago, Morsi called 22 judges cheating the 2005 parliamentary elections.

Morsi was Egypt's first civilian president elected through free and fair elections in 2012. He took office after Hosni Mubarak resigned in 2011. But a year later, Morsi was ousted by former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is now the President of Egypt.

Al-Sisi deposed Morsi in a military coup following a massive rally protesting Morsi's leadership took place in Egypt. After the resignation, Morsi immediately arrested and snared various cases. The case of insulting this court is only one of four cases that ensnare him.

The 66-year-old Morsi is serving a 20-year sentence for instigating the killing of protesters during a massive rally in 2012. He also served a 25-year sentence for another case, spying for Qatar .

In two other cases, Morsi has been sentenced to life imprisonment and sentenced to death. He was sentenced to life in prison in an espionage case for Iran, Lebanon-based Hizbullah group and Hamas control of the Gaza Strip. But in November 2016, the Egyptian Supreme Court annulled this life sentence and ordered a re-trial.

The death sentence was handed down to Morsi in a jailbreak and violence against the police during the 2011 riots. Just as in the previous case, the death sentence for the case this has been aborted by the Egyptian appeals court as well as in November 2016. The case was also ordered for re-trial.

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Armed Men Telling Coptic Church in Egypt, 9 Dead

 A group of gunmen opened fire at the gate of a Coptic Christian Church in Helwan, Egypt. At least 9 people, including three local police, were killed in this armed attack.

Local security sources reported, as reported by Reuters Friday (29/12/2017), attacks began when two gunmen opened fire at the entrance of Mar Mina Church in Helwan district, southern Cairo.

At the time of the shooting, the church is being heavily guarded by the police because it is still in the Orthodox Christmas celebration until next week. The move is part of an increase in security measures imposed by the Egyptian Police.

The Egyptian news agency, MENA called one shooter eventually shot dead by police on guard at the scene. While one other actor was reported successfully captured.

 The situation at the site after the shootings occurred The situation at the site after the shootings occurred Photo: REUTERS / Amr Abdallah Dalsh

The Egyptian Health Ministry said in a statement that 9 people were killed by the shootings. This number was detached from one of the perpetrators who were shot dead.

Five others were injured, with two of them female sex reported in serious condition at the hospital.

Egyptian local media reported the perpetrators shot dead, wearing an unexploded explosive belt. Two other bombs found near the church were successfully defused.

Neither parties nor certain groups have claimed responsibility for this attack.

But the barrage of terror attacks against the Coptic Christian minority in Egypt has increased in recent years. The attack included two Palestinian bombings on Palma last April and an explosion at the largest Coptic Cathedral in Cairo in December last year that killed 28 people.

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