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President of German parliament explains refusal to meet Al-Sisi

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The president of the German parliament, Norbert Lammert, has justified his cancellation of a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on the basis that there is nothing to discuss, given Egypt's lack of democratic progress, he told Anadolu news agency. The meeting was initially scheduled as part of Al-Sisi's visit to Germany next month.


Erdogan: Democracy is to respect people's will

Turkish president, Tayyip Erdogan. [File photo]

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday said that democracy can only be achieved by respecting people's will.


Norway warns Netanyahu of international pressure following nuclear deal

Flag of NorwayNorwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende warned Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday evening that international pressure on Israel over the Palestinian issue will be renewed after the signing of the final nuclear deal with Iran in June. According to Haaretz, a Norwegian diplomat familiar with the details of the meeting said that Brende stressed the need for a political initiative by the new Israeli government when international attention focuses once again on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


EU appoints permanent envoy in Jerusalem

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Local media have reported that the European Union has decided to appoint a permanent envoy in the occupied city of Jerusalem to push forward the political process between the Palestinians and Israelis.


Norway: Morsi’s death sentence ‘unacceptable’

Norwegian foreign minister, Borge Brende

Norway yesterday said the death sentence handed down against ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders was "unacceptable".


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