Sisi honours Egypt's medal-winning Mediterranean Games team
President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Tuesday honoured a number of medal-winning Egyptian athletes following an impressive performance in this year's Mediterranean Games.
In an official statement، El-Sisi’s spokesman Bassam Rady said the president had received the winning athletes who had participated in the games، which were held in Spain from 22 June to 1 July.
The Egyptian delegation، constituting of around 170 athletes، won 45 medals، including 18 golds، 11 silvers، and 16 bronzes، and coming fifth in the medal rankings.
El-Sisi granted medals to the Egyptian delegation during a ceremony in Cairo on Tuesday which was attended by the athletes، their training team، Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly، Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy، and the head of the Egyptian Olympic Committee Hesham Hatab.
According to Rady، El-Sisi praised the athletes’ accomplishments at the games، saying that they had lived up to Egypt’s good name in international sports events.
The president added that the state had not spared any efforts to provide all means of support to Egyptian sportsmen and women، expressing his aspiration for more efforts by athletes to accomplish further achievements that would boost Egypt’s status regionally and internationally.
The Mediterranean Games include basketball، volleyball، boxing، equestrian، handball، judo، cycling، rowing، water polo، weightlifting، shooting، swimming and gymnastics events.
Egypt's foreign minister heads to Belgium for the 'mini-summit' on Syria
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry travelled to Brussels on Tuesday to participate in a “mini-summit” on Syria with Western and Arab countries.
In an official statement، foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said Shoukry will participate in the select meeting on Syria for the first time with the foreign ministers of the US، France، the UK، Germany، Saudi Arabia، and Jordan.
According to Abu Zeid، the meeting will include discussions on the latest developments in Syria، especially escalations in the south and the north; and about efforts made by the UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura in cooperation with international and regional partners to reach a political resolution to the crisis according to UN Security Council resolutions، including Resolution 2254.
Resolution 2254، adopted in 2015، outlines a road map for the peace process in Syria، setting out a timetable for UN-sponsored talks between the Syrian government and opposition members، as well as the outlines of a nationwide ceasefire to begin as soon as the parties concerned take initial steps towards a political transition.
De Mistura will also brief the attendees of the results of his consultations carried out to establish a constitutional committee، with the identification of its mandates and terms of reference.
Abu Zeid said this participation came due to Egypt’s active role through its extended talks with different regional and international partners to put in place a political solution for the Syrian crisis and stop the bloodshed to preserve the entity and unity of the Syrian state and the safety of the Syrian people.
Egypt deputed world’s 25th most powerful country
Egypt was ranked 25th most powerful country in the world according to the US News and World Report’s annual report of 2018.
Egypt was selected by the media company as the 42nd overall best country، surpassing Peru، Morocco، Bahrain، Tunisia، Jordan and Lebanon.
U.S. News & World Report worked with partners at WPP’s brand strategy firm BAV Consulting and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to identify a set of 65 country attributes - terms that could be used to describe a country and that are also relevant to the success of a modern nation.
Attributes by nation were presented in a survey where participants assessed how closely they associated one with the other.
One of the world’s earliest and greatest civilizations،” US News described Egypt in the report. “The country is a literary center for the Arab world and art forms such as music combine Arab، African، Mediterranean and Western elements.”
The top 25 countries come as part of the media organization’s annual “Best Countries” report; it evaluated 80 countries based on the responses from 21،000 people.
The study analyzes a number of features to determine the ranking of a certain country، including adventure، citizenship، heritage، movers، cultural influence، power، quality of life، and Entrepreneurship.