Tuesday,17 July, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1255, (23 - 29 July 2015)
Tuesday,17 July, 2018
Issue 1255, (23 - 29 July 2015)

Ahram Weekly


Compiled by Doaa El-Bey

Al-Ahram Weekly

Saud Al-Faisal: The world’s longest serving minister

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister for four decades, Prince Saud Al-Faisal was the key architect of Saudi diplomacy. He played an important role in shaping the country’s foreign policy and its response to the many crises affecting the Middle East.

His long term in office enabled him to witness some of the most dramatic and momentous events that faced the Middle East including the Israeli invasions of Lebanon in 1978, 1982 and 2006, the Palestinian intifadas that erupted in 1987 and 2000, Iraq invading Iran in 1980 and Kuwait in 1990, and the US-led coalition’s occupation of Iraq in 2003.

The son of former King Faisal bin Abdel-Aziz Al-Saud, Prince Saud was born in 1940. He was among the first generation of Saudi Arabians to receive a western education, earning a degree in economics from Princeton University in the US. In 1970, he was appointed deputy governor of Petromin, the former state-owned natural resources company, and the following year he was appointed deputy minister of petroleum and mineral resources. In 1975, he became the country’s minister of foreign affairs, a position he occupied till April this year.

He was replaced by Adel Al-Jubeir, the former Saudi ambassador to Washington: part of King Salman’s attempt to introduce the younger generation to the kingdom’s ruling circles.

Prince Saud had numerous health problems including chronic back pain, and he underwent various surgeries. He died at the age of 75 last month.

He left a more tumultuous and crisis-ridden Middle East than the one he found back in 1975. But perhaps his greatest frustration was that he left office and (two months later) the world before being able to resolve the Palestinian crisis or see a Palestinian state.

“After a few days, Egypt will launch one of its greatest challenges in the 21st century, the new Suez Canal.
This should show the patriot as much as the traitor, the confident as well as the hesitant that the future is different from life before 25 January and 30 July. I can safely say that post-6 August Egypt will take off with the speed that people dreamed of when they launched their own reality with their money, mind and will.”
Nasr Al-Kaffas, Al-Youm Al-Sabei

Last-minute deals

“In the last few days we witnessed two last-minute agreements that spared the world more trouble. The first was the US-Iran nuclear deal and the second was the EU-Greece deal. The first presents a de-facto reality that as Arabs we need to accept whether we had welcomed or feared it. The US Secretary of State will visit the region to appease those parties that are worried by the repercussions of the deal. Thus we should focus on a the target of making Iran a party in resolving the crises in the region rather than one that ignites them.”
Inas Nour, Al-Ahram

Thank you for your cooperation
“Meetings, discussions, differences and consultation offices on the Renaissance Dam -- and nothing has changed. Ethiopia is actively building the dam and we are wasting our time on nonsense. We will wake up one day to find Ethiopia is celebrating the inauguration of the dam. The Ethiopian Minister of Irrigation may send an invitation to his Egyptian counterpart stating ‘Thank you for your cooperation’.”
Ahmed Galal, Al-Akhbar

Celebrating Eid

“We should salute our army as it carries out its role in protecting the country and facing terrorism, giving all Egyptians the chance to enjoy the Eid in security, going to the seaside or enjoying the view on the Nile.”
Akram Al-Kassass, Al-Youm Al-Sabei

“Sinai is celebrating the Eid in its own way while Satan still wants part of Northern Sinai to annex it to Gaza and establish a Palestinian state. And when that deal failed, terrorist and criminal operations increased. That conspiracy is not new but Sinai will face it and will always celebrate the Eid in its own way.”
Selim Al-Hawari, Al-Fajr

“Those who look at the situation of the Arab states this Eid will be saddened and pained by misery and bitterness from the Atlantic to the Gulf.”
Mohamed Barakat,


“Failed revolutions cannot blame their defeat on their enemies. Ultimately, they have only themselves to blame. It’s time for self-criticism, it’s time to stop moaning and start learning.”
Hani Shukrallah

“The [Ahly-Zamalek] match will be played in Borg Al-Arab at 7.00 PM. I hope the sports minister, who stated that those who did not like the fact that the match would be played in Al-Gouna might choose not to attend, will now resign.”
Mina Rami Adly


Armed Forces spox says army controls “every inch” of Sinai. Similar proclamations have been made over the past 2 yrs.

The Associated Press @AP  
Militants attack 2 checkpoints in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 5 soldiers.

Nervana Mahmoud @Nervana_1  
Diary of terrorism in Egypt: Expect more terrorist attacks 1-2 days before the opening of Suez Canal, and 1-2 days before #Rabaa anniversary

Dee_Kholaif @Dee_Kholaif  
Akeed. State tv: terrorists want to ruin some great day for #Egypt. This time its Suez Canal launch. Barakat’s was June 30. Sinai was July 3.

Egyptian Essence: 58,000 vacancies

“The Minister of Manpower Nahed Al-Ashri stated that there are 58,000 vacancies for young people. However, most young people believe that these jobs are beyond their ambition and refrain from applying to them.”

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