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Egypt MP calls on interior, communication ministers to account for Sisi phone leak

Ahram Online , Sunday 5 Feb 2017
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Egyptian MP and 25-30 coalition member Abdel-Hamid Kamal asked Parliament on Sunday to summon the ministers of interior and communication before the House of Representatives to discuss the leaking of a phone call between Egypt's Foreign Minister and the country's president.

Last Tuesday, the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Mekamelin channel, reportedly airing from Turkey, broadcast what it said was a phone call between Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

In the 20-minute phone call, Shoukry can be heard speaking with the president on regional issues, including Egypt's relations with Gulf countries and an invitation from Iran requesting Egypt's attendance at a conference on the Syrian crisis hosted by Tehran in October 2016.

The president's voice appears not to have been recorded and cannot be heard at any point in the phone call.

Kamal demanded that the person(s) responsible for leaking the call be identified, saying the leak represents an imminent danger to Egypt's national security.  

The MP also called on the parliament's national security committee to convene to discuss the matter as soon as possible.

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