Fatma Lotfi
567 Articles
A journalist in DNE's politics section with more than six years of experience in print and digital journalism, focusing on local political issues, terrorism and human rights. She also writes features on women issues and culture.
Libyan rivals to pick transitional leaders in run-up to elections
New, reformed Presidency Council must be formed along with unified government before December elections
Fatma Lotfi
February 1, 2021
COVID-19 death toll among Egyptian doctors rises to 348: Medical Syndicate
Total of 1,315 Egyptian doctors and medical workers across the country have so far received first dose of COVID-19 vaccine
Fatma Lotfi
January 30, 2021
Egypt will not compromise on interests in River Nile, water rights: Shoukry
Foreign Minister briefs House of Representatives on Ethiopian dam, regional crises
Fatma Lotfi
January 27, 2021
US designates Hasm, IS in Sinai as foreign terrorist organisations
The US has increased sanctions against “Harikat Souaid Misr” (The Arms of Egypt Movement), commonly known as the Hasm Movement, and designated the militant group as a foreign terrorist organisation.
Fatma Lotfi
January 17, 2021
Egypt COVID-19 tracker shows intensifying 2nd wave, peak expected in January, February
Total of 251 doctors have so far died from COVID-19, with about 10,000 others infected
Fatma Lotfi
December 27, 2020
Egypt’s Al-Sisi arrives in France to discuss Eastern Mediterranean issues
Egyptian President is scheduled to meet French counterpart on Monday to discuss regional updates, particularly in Libyan crisis
Fatma Lotfi
December 6, 2020
Analysis: What if Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri really died?
Leader’s death will have serious implications for Al-Qaeda, as he was bridge leader after bin Laden and allowed entity to remain cohesive, says senior research fellow at The Soufan Center
Fatma Lotfi
November 30, 2020
Palestine’s Mahmoud Abbas commences regional tour to Jordan, Egypt
Palestinian Ambassador to Cairo Diab Al-Louh said that Abbas’s visit comes “in the framework of joint coordination between the Palestinian and Egyptian leaderships to face political challenges.”
Fatma Lotfi
November 28, 2020
EU welcomes holding Libyan elections in December 2021
EU also emphasizes need to enforce arms embargo, prevent oil smuggling in Libya
Fatma Lotfi
November 17, 2020
Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command killed in Iran 3 months ago: Report 
Two Israeli agents secretly shot Egyptian-born top militant in Tehran, but Iran denies reports
Fatma Lotfi
November 15, 2020
Libya’s 5+5 joint military commission launches 6th round of talks in Sirte 
The talks, which will take place from 10-13 November, aim to “advance the implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement signed in Geneva on 23 October, and to build on the progress achieved last week in Ghadames,” the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said. 
Fatma Lotfi
November 10, 2020
UN opens Libyan Political Dialogue Forum amid efforts to end crisis   
Solution is for Libyan people to regain their full sovereignty, says Tunisian President Kais Saied
Fatma Lotfi
November 9, 2020
Ultimate freedom is best for artists: Nobel Prize portrait painter
Niklas Elmehed is the talent behind unique gold-leaf portraits of Nobel Laureates published in October every year 
Fatma Lotfi
November 8, 2020
France at knifepoint as IS, Al-Qaeda incite new terrorist wave  
Current wave of Islamist terrorism in France is reminiscent of recent attacks when IS had caliphate in Syria and Iraq, says professor Max Abrahms
Fatma Lotfi
November 2, 2020
Al-Sisi, Al-Burhan assert commitment to reaching GERD agreement
Pair emphasise significance of water issue for both countries as matter of national security
Fatma Lotfi
October 27, 2020
COVID-19 healthcare response to remain Egypt’s priority for 18-24 months: Official
Presidential Adviser for Health Affairs outlines Egypt’s strategy in handling pandemic during AmCham Special Briefing and Discussion
Fatma Lotfi
October 26, 2020
Sudan-Israel normalisation receives mixture of support, condemnation 
On Friday, US President Donald Trump announced that Sudan has agreed to normalise relations with Tel Aviv, making Sudan the third Arab country to do so, following the UAE and Bahrain in recent weeks. The new deal marks a new foreign policy achievement for Trump ahead of the US presidential election.
Fatma Lotfi
October 24, 2020
UN-facilitated permanent Libyan ceasefire hailed internationally, regionally
In a statement on Friday, an Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson praised the agreement which aims to maintain calm on the front lines and avoid escalation. The spokesperson also called on the countries involved in Libya to contribute to the current efforts and ensure a non-escalation. 
Fatma Lotfi
October 24, 2020
TAYET’s melds passion, long-time dream to create handmade rope products
Founder and creative force behind new Egyptian brand has struggled to bring her dream to reality
Fatma Lotfi
October 24, 2020
Khartoum welcomes US intent to remove Sudan from terrorism list 
Egypt hopes US move will mark beginning of new horizon for Sudan towards prosperity
Fatma Lotfi
October 20, 2020
Azerbaijan would not start war without Turkish political, military support: Armenian Ambassador 
Armenia has contacted several friendly countries, including Egypt, to unite efforts and stop senseless bloodshed from both sides, says Ambassador Karen Grigorian
Fatma Lotfi
October 14, 2020
Russia is keen to end Armenia-Azerbaijan bloodshed: Russian Ambassador 
Moscow is aware of reports of ceasefire violations in Nagorno-Karabakh, and hopes both sides of conflict will abide by agreements, says Georgiy Borisenko
Fatma Lotfi
October 13, 2020
Egypt’s GIS chief meets US ambassadors to resolve Libya crisis
Abbas Kamel met with US ambassadors to Libya and Egypt to discuss latest updates on conflict in Egypt’s neighbour
Fatma Lotfi
October 6, 2020
 Aguila Saleh is unifying figure for Libyans, international community: Political analyst 
Libyan political dialogue team is expected to meet on 15 October to discuss political path for crisis, says Ibrahim Belgacem
Fatma Lotfi
September 29, 2020
Questions arise on next Arab country to normalise ties with Israel
Following Bahrain, UAE normalisation of ties, Trump claims that as many as nine Arab countries are ready to make peace with Israel
Fatma Lotfi
September 21, 2020
Russia offers help in COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Egypt: Ambassador
‘We believe vaccine will be ready for public use in Russia by October,’ says Ambassador Borisenko
Fatma Lotfi
September 15, 2020
Egypt is our window to Africa: Russian Ambassador 
Russia is trying to make connections with, participate in different economic projects in Africa countries, says Ambassador Georgiy Borisenko
Fatma Lotfi
September 12, 2020
We recognise Egypt’s rights to protect its territories, national security: Russian Ambassador 
Moscow has no military forces in Libya, we have no plans to establish military bases there, says Ambassador Georgiy Borisenko
Fatma Lotfi
September 10, 2020
Egypt passes 100,000 COVID-19 case mark, as daily count remains stable
Country ranks in 31st place worldwide in terms of case-load
Fatma Lotfi
September 8, 2020
Italy’s Di Maio visits Libya to meet heads of warring parties
EU Foreign Affairs Minister also visits Tripoli, emphasises Libya remains top priority for Europe
Fatma Lotfi
September 1, 2020

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