EU Pledges Egypt 1 Billion Euros in Financial Aid

 A boy checks the calendula flowers, usually exported and used for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and traditional medicine, during the annual calendula flower harvest, at a field in Al Fayoum Governorate, southwest of Cairo, Egypt March 21, 2024. (Reuters)
A boy checks the calendula flowers, usually exported and used for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and traditional medicine, during the annual calendula flower harvest, at a field in Al Fayoum Governorate, southwest of Cairo, Egypt March 21, 2024. (Reuters)
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EU Pledges Egypt 1 Billion Euros in Financial Aid

 A boy checks the calendula flowers, usually exported and used for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and traditional medicine, during the annual calendula flower harvest, at a field in Al Fayoum Governorate, southwest of Cairo, Egypt March 21, 2024. (Reuters)
A boy checks the calendula flowers, usually exported and used for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and traditional medicine, during the annual calendula flower harvest, at a field in Al Fayoum Governorate, southwest of Cairo, Egypt March 21, 2024. (Reuters)

The EU on Friday said it would provide Egypt with 1 billion euros ($1.07 billion) in short-term financial aid to help stabilize the country's economy.

Egypt agreed last month to an expanded $8 billion support program with the International Monetary Fund and a deal with the EU worth billions to boost cooperation and help curb migration, as it is struggling with a prolonged economic crisis linked to chronic foreign currency shortages.

The 1 billion euros in short-term aid is part of a bigger package worth 5 billion euros in loans, the statement said. Another 4 billion euros were scheduled as longer-term assistance over the period 2024-2027, but still had to be adopted by the bloc's 27 members.

The loan is meant to address Cairo's deteriorating fiscal situation and financial needs, notably after the outbreak of the Gaza war, the Houthi militia attacks in the Red Sea and the repercussions of Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine, the statement said.



GACA Authorizes ITA Airlines to Operate Regular Flights Between Saudi Arabia and Italy

GACA Authorizes ITA Airlines to Operate Regular Flights Between Saudi Arabia and Italy
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GACA Authorizes ITA Airlines to Operate Regular Flights Between Saudi Arabia and Italy

GACA Authorizes ITA Airlines to Operate Regular Flights Between Saudi Arabia and Italy

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) announced on Tuesday that Italian Airlines (ITA) will begin regular passenger flights between the Kingdom and Italy.

The flights will operate from Rome to Riyadh during the summer season of 2024, with five flights per week starting from June 2.

This initiative is part of GACA's efforts to improve air connectivity and link the Kingdom to the global network, which aligns with the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030.

The goal is not just to establish the Kingdom as a global logistics hub, but also to open up a world of travel opportunities, expanding horizons in alignment with the National Aviation Strategy.