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Monday,24 September, 2018
Issue 1249, (4 - 10 June 2015)

Ahram Weekly


Compiled by Doaa El-Bey

Al-Ahram Weekly

Mohamed Javad Zarif: No excessive demands

In the run-up to a 30 June deadline, the Iran nuclear deal may face another hurdle after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif clearly reiterated that Tehran rejects a key Western demand for site inspections, saying it was tantamount to re-negotiating the deal.

Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry held talks in Geneva to secure a nuclear deal in which a thorough and comprehensive discussion of all pending issues was undertaken. However, the talks failed to bridge the gap between Iran and the West.

Zarif underlined the same stand after another meeting last week with his Greek counterpart, Nikos Kotzias, in Athens, saying, “I would expect my negotiating partners to refrain from making excessive demands.”

These remarks were in response to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius’s statement that Paris would not approve a final nuclear deal that rules out the inspection of Iran’s military sites.

Zarif underlined that France’s stand contradicts the mutual understanding reached between the two sides in the Swiss city of Lausanne on 2 April.

He clearly stated, “We can only have agreements in which both sides can claim that they have achieved positive results. You need to either win together, or lose together.”

The latest round of negotiations between Tehran and the P5+1 group — Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany — came to an end in the Austrian capital city of Vienna on 22 May. There is still hope that the differences may be resolved when talks resume next week at the level of deputies and experts, but it is unlikely that Zarif will change his stand.

German Radio station Deutschlandfunk introduced a weekly programme called ‘The Interpretation of the Quran’ two months ago. The aim of the programme, that lasts for 4 to 5 minutes, is to inform the listeners about Islam via interpretation of verses of the Holy Quran by specialised scholars. The above picture is of Schwetzingen Mosque, the oldest mosque in Germany.

“The most important factor supporting the state’s comprehensive strategy for confronting the MB is the strength of its internal front. This can be achieved by respecting the constitution and law and facing all facets of corruption. Civil society institutions such as political parties, syndicates and unions could positively contribute to strengthening the unity of that front by supporting the political authorities and improving public awareness.” Mohamed Habib, Al-Masry Al-Youm

FIFA’s game not over yet

“Blatter wins, but football, reason and morality have lost. That is the result of the FIFA elections up till now. I say up till now because the game is not over yet. The worst crisis in the 111-year history of the FIFA will not pass; there will be more battles during which political, economic, sports and football weapons will all be used.”
Hassan Al-Mastekawi, Al-Shorouk

“For two days before the elections, the world lived under the illusion that there might be a purging campaign within FIFA, which ended up giving Blatter power that exceeded that of some presidents. But Blatter emerged victorious to respond to those who called on him to quit with three words, ‘I will purge football’.”
Mohamed Yehia, Al-Watan

“The defeat of Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein in the FIFA elections was no surprise. He won one third of the seats without any support from the Arab states. He was not the official candidate of the Arab states and he has never sought to win that status.”
Osama Ismail, Al-Ahram

A president’s controversial visit to Germany

“This is not the president’s first visit to a European state, but it is the first one to generate this much controversy. The president insisted on going ahead with the visit despite various calls to cancel or postpone it. Thus, we should be ready for the battle to come.

I expect it will be a battle because Germany has been a historic headquarters of the international terrorist organisation called the MB for a long time. I would not rule out the possibility that the decision of the German parliament’s speaker not to meet Al-Sisi was prompted by that organisation.”
Suleiman Gouda, Al-Masry Al-Youm

The Egyptian nationality humiliated

“Mohamed Sultan, the young member of the MB, had to give up his Egyptian nationality to be pardoned and deported to the US. The question is: are all the detained youth required to rescind their Egyptian nationality and search for another nationality to be pardoned? How can the Egyptian nationality be humiliated in this way?”
Ibrahim Mansour, Al-Nahar

Egyptian Essence: 10,000 plots of land for new schools

“Although Egypt has some 50,000 schools that can house 18,000 students, nearly half the schools are in bad condition or need maintenance. We need some 10,000 plots of land to build new schools. At least 1,000 of these are needed for the next academic year.”


“With all my respect for actresses Youssra and Elham Shahin, who will accompany the president on his trip to Germany, if I were an official, I would include Bahaa Taher, Farouk Shousha, Ismail Serageddin, Dr Mona Mina, Dr Hanna Greis, Gamal Al-Ghitany in the presidential delegation. They represent Egypt.”
Nour Farahat

“That building is the symbol of corruption in our country. It was the headquarters of the Socialist Union, then the National Democratic Party — which was not democratic at all. It deserved to be demolished and replaced by a board that narrates its black history.”
Ahmed Al-Sheikh


T. @Engr_Tabi  
I am just unable to understand, What kind of Muslim can kill Muslims praying in masjid???

Syedih @SyedIHusain
This monster is out of control now. #Dammam blast.

Egypt Speaks @Egypt_Speaks  
#MB traitor, Sultan, thanking his God for landing in the #USA.

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