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President of Kurdistan Meets Arab Tribes
Dohuk
By Jawdat Ahmed
16 Mar 2015

March 15, 2015
Duhuk, Iraq


(IraqiNews.com) President of Kurdistan Massoud Barzani said on Sunday, that the doors are open for Arabs to fight in the ranks of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, calling the federal government to do its duty in the liberated areas. Barzani said during a meeting with Arab tribal elders attended by IraqiNews.com, “The doors are open for Arabs to join the Peshmerga ranks in their fight against terrorism, and without discrimination,” urging the federal government to do its duty and provide services in the liberated areas. Barzani added, “We should not feed grudges and hatred. Those who refused loyalty to ISIS must live freely and with dignity, while those who chose to be with ISIS, their fate will be like ISIS’ fate.” “All Kurdish areas have been liberated and are now ready to contribute in the operations to liberate the rest of Iraq,” calling on everyone to cooperate in order to build a spirit of cooperation and brotherhood.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Egypt, Spain FMs Discuss Economic Pro...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
09 Sep 2012

Egyptian and Spanish delegations led by the Foreign Ministers of both countries, Mohamed Kamel Amr and Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo, met Monday, September 10, in Cairo, where they discussed methods to strengthen economic ties between the two countries.
Margallo also met with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi but the meeting was closed to the media.
After the meeting, Egyptian and Spanish Foreign Ministers held a joint press conference where they talked about the future economic cooperation between Egypt and Spain.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Spanish) – Spanish FM Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo:
“This visit aims to increase cooperation and ties between the two countries. It will be followed by a visit of Spanish businessmen to Egypt. Through this visit, we want to prove that Egypt and the Egyptian government are important to Spain.” Spanish Florien Minister added that Egypt has the right to return its stolen funds by fugitive businessmen such as Hussein Salem, who fled to Spain and is being tried in absentia.
He noted that if the Egyptian judiciary convicts Salem, Spain has agreed to extradite him and return his funds in the Spanish banks to the Egyptian government.
For his part, Amr told reporters that the Egyptian-Spanish cooperation committee would be held soon for the first time in three years.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian FM Mohamed Kamel Amr:
“We agreed that the joint committee between Egypt and Spain, which was held last time three years ago, will be held at the end of this year or the beginning of next year at most. The Foreign Minister handed President Morsi an invitation from King of Spain to visit his country and the President accepted the invitation, and we’ll set a date for the visit in the upcoming period.”
Margallo said that Morsi discussed with him the difficulties facing Eygptians to get entry visas to Spain and the warning of Spain to its citizens against visiting Egypt, and Margallo promised to resolve these issues as soon as possible.
They also talked about increasing the number of Spanish tourists visiting Egypt as well as future Spanish investments in Egypt in the fields of renewable energy, particularly solar energy, and railway transportation.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: September 10, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: September 10, 2012
Length: 0:02:02
Video Size: 100 MB
Language: Spanish and Arabic
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1- Wide up, Egyptian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo
2- Wide shot, flag of Egypt at the entrance of the Foreign Ministry headquarters
3- Various shots of the meeting of the Spanish and Egyptian delegations led by the two FMs
4- Wide shot, the joint press conference at the presidency headquarters after Spanish FM’s meeting with President Mohamed Morsi
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Spanish) – Spanish FM Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo:
“This visit aims to increasing the cooperation ties between the two countries. It will be followed by a visit of Spanish businessmen to Egypt. Through this visit, we want to prove that Egypt and the Egyptian government are important to Spain.” 6- Various shots of the press conference
7- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian FM Mohamed Kamel Amr:
“We agreed that the joint committee between Egypt and Spain, which was held last time three years ago, will be held at the end of this year or the beginning of next year at most. HE Foreign Minister handed President Morsi an invitation from King of Spain to visit his country and the President accepted the invitation, and we’ll see a date for the visit in the upcoming period.”
8- Zoom out/pan right, both FMs leaving after the press conference

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Iran's Vice President Meets with Leba...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
04 May 2012

On his second day of an official visit to Lebanon, Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi, leading an Iranian delegation, met on Thursday, May 3, with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati during the meeting of the Iran-Lebanon High Joint Cooperation Commission.

Following the meeting, Mikati praised the Iranian supportive position to Lebanon's stability, independence, and stance against Israeli threats.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Prime Minister Najib Mikati:
"It was an occasion where I thanked the Islamic Republic of Iran for the support it has provided, and is providing to Lebanon, and for the willingness it shows to assist Lebanon in all areas. I recall the positions of the Iranian officials supporting the sovereignty and independence of Lebanon, and the security of its territories, and supporting Lebanon's struggle to liberate its land from the Israeli occupation."

Rahimi and Mikati expressed their hopes of seeing an end to the Syrian crisis, and the ongoing violence and bloodshed that has ravaged the country for over a year.

Rahimi stressed his rejection of any foreign interference in Syria's domestic affairs, recalling the support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the resistance of Gaza Strip, and Lebanon against Israel.

For his part, Mikati reaffirmed his commitment to Lebanon's disassociation policy from Syria's internal affairs, at the same time conveying the message of the dire need to quell the fighting that threatens to tear the country apart, and destabilize the region.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Prime Minister Najib Mikati:
"With regards to the events taking place in a number of dear Arab countries, particularly Syria, Lebanon takes a careful position not to interfere in the domestic affairs of these countries. Yet, Lebanon hopes for a solution that meets the wishes and aspirations of the peoples of these nations without violence, fighting and bloodshed."

The Iranian Vice President also held talks with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman in the presidential palace in Beirut, where he handed Suleiman a hand-written letter from Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inviting him to attend the conference of Non-Aligned Movement member states that will be in Tehran late September.

Suleiman welcomed the Iranian guest and his delegation, commending the good relations and constant cooperation between the two countries.

Rahimi arrived in Lebanon Wednesday, and has since held talks with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah as well as a number of Lebanese officials including Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.

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US Senator Kerry Says Egypt's SCAF De...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
03 May 2012

Cairo, Egypt | May 3, 2012

STORYLINE:
US Senator John Kerry, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, held a press conference in Cairo, Thursday, May 3, where he reported that he was encouraged to hear of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces’ (SCAF) determination to hold the presidential elections as scheduled.

SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - US Senator John Kerry:
"It is going to take time for the economy to rebound. A new constitution is going to have to be drafted, but what I was most encouraged to hear from the SCAF, as well as some others is that this election will take place on the 23rd of May, and if necessary the runoffs in June on the 16th. There is a determination to make certain that this election happens."

Kerry told reporters that Egypt's deteriorating economy will be a major challenge for the new president and his government, adding that it is imperative that they contend with this issue in a way that meets the demands and aspirations of the Egyptian people. He warned that if the people's demands are not met, it is possible that citizens could revolt again in the face of another impotent government.

SOUNDBITE 2 (English) - US Senator John Kerry:
"If the demands and needs of the people of Egypt are not met, in terms of economy and job opportunity and education and ability to talk to people and meet with people and express their views and live their lives – even in a religious context, you can do that. But if that is not allowed, then you may see people revisiting Tahrir Square."

Kerry arrived in Cairo on Tuesday evening and has since held talks with SCAF leaders, the Prime Minister, the Arab League Chief, Muslim Brotherhood leaders and a number of presidential candidates.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 3, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 3, 2012
Length: 0:02:07
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of Kerry's press conference in Cairo
2- SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - US Senator John Kerry:
"It is going to take time for the economy to rebound. A new constitution is going to have to be drafted. But what I was most encouraged to hear from the SCAF as well as some others is that this election will take place on the 23rd of May and if necessary the runoffs in June on the 16th. There is a determination to make certain that this election happens."
3- Various shots of Kerry speaking during the press conference
4- Wide shot, a reporter asking Kerry during the press conference
5- SOUNDBITE 2 (English) - US Senator John Kerry:
"If the demands and needs of the people of Egypt are not met, in terms of economy and job opportunity and education and ability to talk to people and meet with people and express their views and live their lives – even in a religious context you can do that. But if that is not allowed, then you may see people revisiting Tahrir Square." 6- Wide shot, Kerry speaking during the press conference
7- Zoom out, Kerry concluding the press conference and leaving

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U.S. Dignitary Feltman and Lebanese P...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
03 May 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | May 2 and 3, 2012

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, concluded his visit to Lebanon on Thursday, May 3, with a sit-down between he and Lebanese President Michel Suleiman in Beirut, where they discussed solutions to enhance bilateral relations. Also on the docket were pressing regional issues, notably, the crisis in Syria.

Some analysts see Feltman's visit as controversial, due to the fact that it coincides with the visit of Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi to Beirut, and a number of Hezbollah’s top members stated their beliefs that Feltman's visit is merely aimed at sowing strife in the country.

Feltman arrived in Beirut from London on Tuesday evening and during his visit to Lebanon he met with Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and other Lebanese political leaders.

During his talks with Berri, the U.S dignitary stressed his country’s support for democratic plural governments that protect the rights of all citizens, including ethnic and religious minorities. He also renewed U.S. commitment to a stable, sovereign and independent Lebanon.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 3, 2012 (and May 2 evening)
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: May 3, 2012
Length: 0:00:57
Video Size: 56.7 MB
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of the meeting of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman
  2. Various shots of Feltman accompanied by US Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly heading to meet with Lebanese Parliament speaker Nabih Berri
  3. Various shots of the meeting of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman with Lebanese Parliament speaker Nabih Berri
  4. Various shots of Feltman and Ambassador Connelly leaving after the meeting with Berri
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Egyptian and Japanese Foreign Ministe...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
03 May 2012

Cairo, Egypt | May 1 and 2, 2012

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr held talks on Thursday, May 3, with a Japanese delegation led by Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba.

The talks focused on the bilateral relations between Egypt and Japan, Egypt's transformation to democracy and other issues. They also talked about the regional developments in the region as well as the situation in Syria.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 2, 2012 (and May 1 evening)
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 2, 2012
Length: 0:00:52
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Various external shots of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo
  2. Various shots of the meeting of Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr with a Japanese delegation led by Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba
  3. Tilt down, external shot of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo
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Kabul's Reaction On Strategic Agreeme...
Afghanistan
By sarakeawal
03 May 2012

On May second, 2012, during the first anniversary of Osama Bin Laden's death, US President Barack Obama visited Afghanistan to sign a strategic contract between the United States and Afghanistan.

The broadly written agreement outlined US involvement in Afghanistan after 2014, and conveyed the goals and expectations that each nation holds.

After signing the strategic agreement, President Obama, in a speech at Bagram Airbase, stated that the war in Afghanistan has come to an end, raising many questions and concerns among the people of Kabul over the meaning of "end."

SOUNDBITES:
(00:17) - It’s obvious that the effect of this agreement on Afghanistan and its future is that at first it will cut the hands of neighboring countries out of Afghanistan.

(00:27) - And then the interference that the neighboring countries have had in Afghanistan’s affairs in the past thirty years of war will decrease.

(00:38) - That is what we expect as the outcome of this agreement. Hopefully it will be effective.

(00:44) – The presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan is never for the good of Afghanistan.

(00:50) - But signing such an agreement should happen with the awareness of Afghan people; National Assembly should make these kinds of agreements, not only the president and his advisers.

(01:08) - Every single person in this country is part of this decision, and so they should be aware of it. But it is still not clear what this agreement is.

(01:18) - All Afghans, especially civil citizens, need good security, so we really need the forces that have come to Afghanistan because they have come to bring security here.

(01:36) - Before these forces we didn’t have stability in Afghanistan.

(01:39) - So now that they have come here they should bring a permanent security to Afghanistan, because it is very important for Afghans and Afghanistan.

(01:56) - Even if we get into a war, the National Army, the Police, and the Border Police are powerful enough to take care of it.

(02:15) - Like when the attacks happen we see in television, and our national army fights against the insurgents.

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US Top Senator Meets Lebanese Preside...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
03 May 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | May 2, 2012 (and May 1 evening)

Top U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman held talks with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman on Wednesday, May 2, in Lebanon, where they addressed various issues including the Syrian crisis.

Lieberman also met with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati where they talked about Lebanon's disassociation policy from the Syrian internal affairs.

Lieberman told reporters after the meeting that the US Senate is concerned about the ongoing conflict in Syria and the lack of regional and international efforts to support the Syrian opposition against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

He also praised the Lebanese praised the government for its support to Syrian refugees.

SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman:
"I and a number of my colleagues in the US Senate are really concerned about the conflict in Syria and about the atrocities that are being carried out by the government forces against the people of Syria including a lot of innocent women and children and men. And I am focused on what we can do first to assist in the humanitarian crisis of within the country and in the neighboring countries like here in Lebanon with refugees coming in. But I am also concerned that people in the region and throughout the world have not done enough to be supportive of the opposition in Syria to Assad."

On Tuesday evening, Lieberman paid a visit to Progressive Socialist Party leader and Druze leader Walid Jumblatt where they discussed a number of issues including the US-Lebanese relations and the situation in Syria.

Earlier Wednesday, Lieberman visited the northern Lebanese bordering region of Wadi Khaled which hosts an estimated 24,000 Syrian refugees.

Lieberman's visit to Lebanon concludes a regional tour that included Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 2, 2012 (and May 1 evening)
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: May 2, 2012
Length: 0:01:51
Video Size: 109 MB
Language: English
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of the meeting of U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman
  2. Various shots of the meeting of U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati
  3. Wide shot, Lieberman heading to a press conference after his meeting with Mikati
  4. SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman:
    "I and a number of my colleagues in the US Senate are really concerned about the conflict in Syria and about the atrocities that are being carried out by the government forces against the people of Syria including a lot of innocent women and children and men. And I am focused on what we can do first to assist in the humanitarian crisis of within the country and in the neighboring countries like here in Lebanon with refugees coming in. But I am also concerned that people in the region and throughout the world have not done enough to be supportive of the opposition in Syria to Assad."
  5. Various shots of Lieberman's arrival and reception by Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt
  6. Various shots of the meeting of Lieberman with Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt
  7. Wide shot, Lieberman and Jumblatt shaking hands
  8. Wide shot of the meeting attending by US Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly
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Austrian President Visits Lebanon for...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
26 Apr 2012

Austrian President Heinz Fischer arrived in Beirut on Thursday, April 26, for a two-day visit at the invitation of his Lebanese counterpart Michel Suleiman, who held a welcome ceremony at the presidential palace for Fischer's arrival.

The visit began with a private discussion between the two presidents, and later included talks with senior Lebanese officials.

President Fischer’s visit marks the first time an Austrian head of state has paid an official visit to Lebanon.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 26, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: April 26, 2012
Length: 0:01:03
Video Size: 52.4 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of the arrival of Austria’s President Heinz Fischer and his reception by Lebanese President Michel Suleiman
2. Various shots of the welcome ceremony held at the presidential palace for Fischer
3. Various shots of a meeting between Fischer and Suleiman
4. Zoom out, an Austrian plane moving

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Fears of Economic Depression Loom in ...
Afghanistan
By sarakeawal
24 Apr 2012

The international community is going to hand over full responsibility of the security and defense of Afghanistan to Afghan forces by 2014. It has been declared by the international community that the military pullout of the international forces will be accompanied with a reduction in aid money.

This happens at a time when 90 percent of GDP of Afghanistan is dependent on the foreign aid, and within the past ten years, solid measures to help Afghanistan become self sustainable financially have not been taken by the Afghan government and its international benefactors.

Many in Afghanistan believe that the reduction of aid without solid measures will lead to a financial crisis in Afghanistan, which will pave the ground for political instability and pervasive insecurity.

According to the World Bank's recent report TRANSITION IN AFGHANISTAN LOOKING BEYOND 2014, which came out in November 2011, the reduction in aid money will reduce civilian service delivery and will thus lead to economic depression.

The report says, "Aid for Afghanistan in 2010-11 was about $15.7 billion and World Bank's estimation suggests that a $0.5 billion decline in the external budget, which is going to happen, could affect 11,000-18,000 job opportunities in Afghanistan (on a six-month basis.)

Amar Rezayee, who is 23-year-old Afghan and an employee of one of the projects of USAID, which is the biggest donor in Afghanistan, says,

Translation sound bite #1, Amar Rezayee (USAID employee) (00:57- 1:52): "After 2014 the situation in Afghanistan will get worse because America says that they will take their troops out of Afghanistan, so it will effect security and will also have a bad affect on the economic situation in Afghanistan. Now there are a lot of salaries from USAID that are very high and can help me pay for my tuition at the American University of Afghanistan. But when Americans leave this country there will be high salaries for a limited number of people. Personally for me, it will have a very bad effect and I will not be able to attend this university because I won't be able to pay."

The World Bank report also states that In 2010/11, total public spending, including the “core budget” and “external budget,” was $17.1 billion.

Of this total spending, $15.7 billion was financed by international aid and only $1.9 billion of it was Afghanistan's budget.

Some people in Kabul are already scared of Afghanistan's future after 2014.

Vox Populi:

Translation Sound bite #2 Shafiq saighani (Kabul resident) (2:00-2:27) " If the US leaves Afghanistan, the financial support will be cut from Afghanistan, educational scholarships will be cut from Afghanistan, the unemployment will raise up and not only Taliban but also Iran and Pakistan will interfere in Afghanistan's affairs."

Analysts are also pessimistic about Afghanistan's future because of the foreseeable economic crisis after 2014.

Translation Sound bite #3, Candace Rondeaux (Crisis Group’s senior analyst in Kabul)(2:47-4:33) "The impact of the economical transition and the lack of planning will be tremendous. Politically it increases competition between Afghan elites. but more importantly what it does is it creates an environment of instability and insecurity and that I think will create incentives around the accedes of many, many Afghans for major capital flight, and also it will raise competition and rivalry between communities that could become very, very violent.

The impact of the internationals being present here has increased income tenfold for the average Afghan man. It has created opportunities for Afghan women, which weren't there before. Once all of that collapses, first there is the impact on the family life which is going to be tremendous. Where women once had the ability to go out and work and find some sort of independence, I think that will go away quickly, in fact I think that will be the first thing that will go away. For young men, who have been earning a thousand dollars a month or in some case five thousand dollars if they were working on an international organization, for them, they have been in a certain standard of living in the past ten years and have become completely dependent on this type of money. They have cars now, they have got houses to maintain and suddenly that goes away. Imagine the impact on the family; already there is a lot of intentions around money issues in every family, doesn't matter if its Afghan or American but when income starts to shrink that always has an impact."

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Egypt's Foreign Minister Meets with S...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
23 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 23, 2012

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr met on Monday, April 23, with head of the Syrian National Council (SNC) Burhan Ghalioun in Cairo, where they held talks over the latest developments of the Syrian crisis.
Amr stressed that the Syrian opposition must unify under one group with one vision presented to the world about the future of Syria, which will send a reassuring message to all regional and international parties about the possibility of starting a dialogue with the opposition.
The meeting is a continuation of the minister's meetings with Syrian opposition forces urging for their unity to be able to engage in dialogue that will resolve the crisis and end the bloodshed in Syria.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 23, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 23, 2012
Length: 0:00:45
Video Size: 37.4 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Tilt down external shot of the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo
2- Various shots of the Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr meeting with the head of the Syrian National Council Burhan Ghalioun and other Syrian opposition figures
3- Wide shot of the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo

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Egypt's Al-Azhar Rejects Mufti's Visi...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
19 Apr 2012

Al-Azhar officially confirmed on Thursday, April 19, that it opposes Egypt's Mufti Ali Gomaa’s visit to Jerusalem. The statement was issued after an emergency meeting of Al-Azhar's Islamic Research Academy, chaired by Al-Azhar Grand Imam, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyib.

The Islamic Research Academy held a conference after the meeting where Sheikh Ali Abdel-Baqi, the Academy Secretary-General, explained that the opposition was due to the fact that Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque are still under the Israeli occupation.

Gomaa's visit to Jerusalem was made Wednesday, April 18, under sponsorship of Jordanian authorities. The Mufti reported that both Christians and Muslims in Jerusalem welcomed him, and that there were no Israelis inside Al-Aqsa Mosque during his visit. He concluded with the statement that the Palestinians of Jerusalem are under "detestable Israeli occupation," and called on all Muslims to resist the ongoing Judaization attempts of the city.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Sheikh Ali Abdel-Baqi, Secretary-General of Al Azhar's Islamic Research Academy:
"Al-Azhar reaffirms its opposing position on the visit [of Mufti Ali Gomaa’s] to Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque while they are under Israeli occupation. The Islamic Research Academy has listened to the clarifications of the Mufti and the circumstances of his visit. The Mufti mentioned that his visit was personal, not official and that he did not get a visa for the visit from Israeli authorities."

For his part, Gomaa stated that his visit was purely personal and that it did not represent any of Egypt's official Islamic institutions, adding that the visit was for academic purposes, and was not done for any normalization purposes, or under Israeli sponsorship.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Egypt's Mufti Ali Gomaa:
"The visit was not done under the principle of normalization, or the flag of Israel. Allah has granted me the honor of visiting this place, which is part of us all. This visit was not official, but it was a personal visit. It represents neither the Islamic Research Academy, Al-Azhar, or the House of Fatwa."

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 19, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 19, 2012
Length: 0:02:34
Video Size: 126 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various external shots of Al-Azhar administrative office in Cairo
2- Medium shots of the sign at the building reading, "Azhar Administrative Office"
3- Various shots of the emergency meeting of Al Azhar's Islamic Research Academy, chaired by Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayyib, on the visit of Egypt's Mufti Ali Gomaa to Jerusalem
4- Wide shot of the press conference of Sheikh Ali Abdel-Baqi, Secretary-General of Al Azhar's Islamic Research Academy
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Sheikh Ali Abdel-Baqi, Secretary-General of Al Azhar's Islamic Research Academy:
"Al-Azhar reaffirms its rejecting position on visiting Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque while they are under the Israel occupation. The Islamic Research Academy has listened to the clarifications of the Mufti and the circumstances of the visit. The Mufti mentioned that his visit was personal, not official and that he didn’t get a visa for the visit from the authorities of the Israeli occupation." 6- Various shots of the press conference of Egypt's Mufti Ali Gomaa
7- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Egypt's Mufti Ali Gomaa:
"The visit was not done under the principle of normalization or the flag of Israel. Allah has granted me the honor of visiting this place, which is part of us all. This visit was not official, but it was a personal visit. It represents neither the Islamic Research Academy, Al-Azhar, or the House of Fatwa." 8- Various shots of the Mufti speaking to reporters
9- Various shots of the Mufti concluding the press conference and leaving
10- Wide shot, Al-Azhar administrative office in Cairo

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Lebanese PM: Stability and Disassocia...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
18 Apr 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | April 17, 2012

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati held a general discussion with members of the parliament on Tuesday, April 17, at parliament headquarters in Beirut, where he stressed that stability and a self-disassociation policy from the Syrian conflict were his government's key priorities to protect Lebanon.
Mikati explained that Lebanon cannot affect the Syrian issue but can be affected by it, which is why, he added, that his government decided to adopt the policy of disassociation with regards to the situation in Syria.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Lebanese PM Najib Mikati:
"There are three factors for stability. The first is the South. We have done all that is necessary to maintain stability in Southern Lebanon, in cooperation with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). My first visit when the government gained confidence was to Southern Lebanon, which is a sign of our support for the UNIFIL and for stability in the South." Mikati elaborated that cooperation with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is one of the major factors for Lebanon's internal stability, noting that his government provided the required funds to the STL.
The Lebanese Prime Minister concluded that activating proper administrations and employing efficient diplomats, jurists and governors were also among his government's priorities.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Lebanese PM Najib Mikati:
"The second factor, as you all know, is the issue of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). There have been a lot of debates about this issue. We have provided the required funds to the STL and as you know things are going towards more stability regarding this issue."

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Lebanese PM Najib Mikati:
"Disassociation policy is maybe referred to by some as evading responsibility. However, I say that it's the core of responsibility because it protects Lebanon from inside. We cannot affect anything in Syria, but we can be affected by what's going on there according to the decisions we make. For this reason, our decision was to disassociate ourselves and avoid intervening in the internal affairs of Syria." Mikati pointed out that stability was based on three factors, the first of which is the stability of South Lebanon, where he paid his first visit after his government gained the parliament confidence.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 17, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: April 17, 2012
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SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot of parliamentarians inside the Lebanese parliament
2. Medium shot, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri speaking to one of the parliamentarians
3. Wide shot, parliamentarians inside the Lebanese parliament
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Lebanese PM Najib Mikati:
"There are three factors for stability. The first is the South. We have done all what's necessary to maintain stability Southern Lebanon in cooperation with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). My first visit when the government gained confidence was to Southern Lebanon, which is a sign of our support for the UNIFIL and for stability in the South." 5. Various shots of parliamentarians listening to Mikati's speech
6. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Lebanese PM Najib Mikati:
"The second factor, as you all know, is the issue of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). There have been a lot of debates about this issue. We have provided the required funds to the STL and as you know things are going towards more stability regarding this issue." 7. Medium shot, parliamentarians inside the Lebanese parliament listening to Mikati's speech
8. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Lebanese PM Najib Mikati:
"Since the events started in Syria, the government's policy has been self-disassociation. We talked about this policy here in the parliament. A disassociation policy may be referred to by some as evading responsibility. However, I say that it's the core of responsibility because it protects Lebanon from inside. We cannot affect anything in Syria, but we can be affected by what's going on there according to the decisions we make. For this reason, our decision was to disassociate ourselves and avoid intervening in the internal affairs of Syria." 9. Medium shot, parliamentarians applauding
10. Tilt down external shot of the Lebanese parliament headquarters in Beirut

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Italian PM and Arab League Chief Hold...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
10 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 10, 2012

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti held talks with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby on Tuesday, April 10, at the League headquarters in Cairo, where they discussed the obstacles of the Middle East peace process and the deteriorating situation in Syria.

Monti told reporters in a joint press conference after the meeting that his visit to Cairo concludes a tour in the region including Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories, stressing that Italy supports the two-state solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Italian) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti:
"In all these visits I conveyed the Italian vision which is based on a strong belief in the necessity of finding a solution for the Palestinian issue and that the way for that is the two-state solution for the two peoples."

In addition to the Palestinian issue, the talks of Monti and Al-Araby focused on the situation in Syria where they shared views and concerns over the ongoing violence in the country, urging immediate ceasefire.

Monti also voiced his country's support for the mission of the UN-Arab League recent envoy to Syria Kofi Annan.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
"We started with talking about Palestine and what is going on there. HE Prime Minister talked about his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah two days ago. We then moved to talk about the situation in Syria. We exchanged views on what's going on in Syria and that human conscience does not accept the violence and the killing taking place in Syria for more than a year. This must stop."

SOUNDBITE 3 (Italian) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti:
"Syria was the focus of our lengthy talk. There is complete agreement between our view and that of the Arab League. In addition, we express our full support of the mission of the special UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan."

The talks also dealt with the situations in Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Egypt, as well as the Iranian nuclear program.

Monti reaffirmed Italy's keenness on cementing the friendly ties with the Arab League, noting that the League's influence in the region grew remarkably in the wake of the Arab Spring events.

Monti arrived in Cairo Monday on a two-day visit and held talks with SCAF Leader Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi and Egypt's Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri.

It is the first time an Italian Prime Minister visits the Arab League in Cairo, Al-Araby told reporters.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 10, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 10, 2012
Length: 0:02:28
Video Size: 122 MB
Language: Italian and Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Wide external shot, the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
2- Close up, logo of the Arab League
3- Various shots of the meeting of Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti
4- Long shot, a joint press conference of Al-Araby and Monti
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Italian) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti:
"In all these visits I conveyed the Italian vision which is based on a strong belief in the necessity of finding a solution for the Palestinian issue and that the way for that is the two-state solution for the two peoples." 6- Various shots of the press conference
7- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
"We started with talking about Palestine and what is going on there. HE Prime Minister talked about his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah two days ago. We then moved to talk about the situation in Syria. We exchanged views on what's going on in Syria and that human conscience does not accept the violence and the killing taking place in Syria for more than a year. This must stop."
8- SOUNDBITE 3 (Italian) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti:
9- "Syria was the focus of our lengthy talk. There is complete agreement between our view and that of the Arab League. In addition, we express our full support of the mission of the special UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan."
10- Medium shot, two attending reporters during the press conference
11- Zoom out, Al-Araby and Monti leaving after the press conference
12- Medium shot, flags of Arab states at the the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
13- Wide external shot, the Arab League headquarters in Cairo

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Monti Praises Lebanon Dissociation Po...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
08 Apr 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | April 7, 2012

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman met on Saturday, April 7 with the Italian PM Mario Monti where they discussed the bilateral relations between the two countries.
Suleiman expressed his appreciation for Italy’s continuous support to Lebanon.
Following talks with Suleiman, Monti met with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati where Monti praised Lebanon’s policy of disassociation regarding events in Syria and affirmed his country’s commitment to the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL), saying there was no decision to reduce the number of Italian peacekeepers.
Mikati thanked the Italian official for his country’s historic and vital contribution to UNIFIL, praising the role of Italian peacekeepers in the local development and progress in south Lebanon.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Lebanese PM Najib Mikati:
"We thank Mr. Italian PM for historical and vital contribution of the United Nations Interim Forces in Southern Lebanon (UNIFIL) and their role as today for the second time, Italia holds the command of these forces at the south with their great aid to southern residents for the local development and progress in the south". Regarding the Syrian crisis, Monti affirmed that Rome fully backed a six-point plan put forward by international mediator Kofi Annan to find a peaceful solution in Syria that stipulates halting violence and starting a political process between the Syrian government and the opposition.
For his part, Mikati also said that Lebanon also supported the mission of Annan, the joint UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, to resolve the Syrian crisis.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 7, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: April 7, 2012
Length: 0:01:50
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Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Pan left shot of the Lebanese President Michel Suleiman with the Italian PM Mario Monti heading to their meeting at the presidential palace
2- Various shots of the meeting
3- Various shots of Italian PM meeting with his Lebanese counterpart Najib Mikati
4- Wide shot of a joint press conference of Lebanese PM and Italian PM after their meeting
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Lebanese PM Najib Mikati:
"We thank Mr. Italian PM for historical and vital contribution of the United Nations Interim Forces in Southern Lebanon (UNIFIL) and their role as today for the second time, Italia holds the command of these forces at the south with their great aid to southern residents for the local development and progress in the south". 6- Close up shot of the Lebanese flag
7- Medium shot of the Italian PM speaking during the press conference
8- Medium shot of a man shooting during the conference
9- Pan right shot of Lebanese PM and his Italian counterpart finishing the conference and leaving
10- Wide shot of Italian PM arriving to the south of Lebanon '

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Palestinian President Abbas Lays Foun...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
02 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 2, 2012

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas laid the founding stone for the new headquarters of the Palestinian embassy in New Cairo on Monday, April 2, in the presence of senior Egyptian and Palestinian officials.
Abbas said that the embassy would be as the Palestinian home in Egypt as it will include the home of the Palestinian ambassador, the home of the clerks of the embassy and the culture center which would be built under the supervision of Egypt’s Culture Ministry.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas:
"Paletine for Egypt is its strategic depth. Hence, this relation is based on love between us and our brothers in Egypt. We express this today by laying the founding stone for a Palestinian home, not only an embassy, because it will include the embassy, the ambassador's house, the employees' housing, a cultural center and others."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Palestinian Ambassador to Egypt Barakt al-Farra:
"Today, our President lays the founding stone for our embassy on the land of Egypt. Soon, Egypt will lay the founding stone for its embassy on the liberated land of Palestine."

Abbas praised the Palestinian-Egyptian relations and stressed the joint history between the two peoples, especially the Egyptian efforts and struggle to support the Palestinian case.
Egyptian officials, including Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr and Culture Minister Shaker Abdel-Hamid stressed the deep-rooted relations between Egypt and Palestine and the historical connection between the two peoples.
SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr:
"This is a new brick for a longtime history of our relation and our mixed blood on the land of the most honorable fights. Allah willing, this will be the embassy of the state of Palestine that will be established on the rest of the occupied lands, with the honorable Quds (Jerusalem) as its capital city."

SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) - Egyptian Culture Minister Shaker Abdel-Hameed:
"We will do our best to establish a Palestinian cultural center that suits the status of Palestine and its embassy in Egypt. This is just a symbolic expression of our love, cordiality and permanent appreciation of Palestine. Palestinians are not just brothers for us and Palestine is not only Egypt's strategic depth, but it is part of Egypt's history, not only the past history but also the present and the future too."

Abbas, who arrived in Cairo Sunday on three-day official visit to Egypt, met with head of Egypt’s ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, where they discussed endeavors underway to end the inter-Palestinian division, in addition to the Middle East peace process and the bilateral relations between the two sides.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 2, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 2, 2012
Length: 0:03:24
Video Size: 168 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arriving to the location of the intended new headquarters of the Palestinian embassy
2. Various shots of the location of the new headquarters of the Palestinian embassy
3. Medium shot of Palestinian president and Egyptian officials while laying the foundation stone of the new embassy headquarters
4. Medium shot of the Palestinian flag
5. wide shot of the Palestinian president and the attendees
6. Close up shot of a banner, reading “The Palestinian president laid the foundation stone of the Palestinian embassy in Cairo at April 2”
7. Various shots of the attendees standing, the national anthem playing in the background
8. Medium shot of the Palestinian president speaking during the ceremony
9. Various shots of the attendees at the ceremony
10. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas:
"Paletine for Egypt is its strategic depth. Hence, this relation is based on love between us and our brothers in Egypt. We express this today by laying the founding stone for a Palestinian home, not only an embassy, because it will include the embassy, the ambassador's house, the employees' housing, a cultural center and others." 11. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Palestinian Ambassador to Egypt Barakt al-Farra:
"Today, our President lays the founding stone for our embassy on the land of Egypt. Soon, Egypt will lay the founding stone for its embassy on the liberated land of Palestine." 12. Various shots of the ceremony
13. Medium shot of Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr speaking during the ceremony
14. Various shots of the ceremony
15. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr:
"This is a new brick for a longtime history of our relation and our mixed blood on the land of the most honorable fights. Allah willing, this will be the embassy of the state of Palestine that will be established on the rest of the occupied lands, with the honorable Quds (Jerusalem) as its capital city."
16. SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) - Egyptian Culture Minister Shaker Abdel-Hameed:
"We will do our best to establish a Palestinian cultural center that suits the status of Palestine and its embassy in Egypt. This is just a symbolic expression of our love, cordiality and permanent appreciation of Palestine. Palestinians are not just brothers for us and Palestine is not only Egypt's strategic depth, but it is part of Egypt's history, not only the past history but also the present and the future too."
17. Medium shot of the Egyptian flag and the Palestinian flag
18. Various shots of the Palestinian president leaving the location of the new headquarters of the Palestinian embassy

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Lebanese President Meets with Iranian...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
31 Mar 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | March 31, 2012

President Michel Suleiman and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri met on Friday, March 30 with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hussein Amir Abdollahian where Iranian senior official reiterated Iran’s support for the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine until all Arab territories have been liberated from Israeli occupation.
Abdollahian discussed with Suleiman the developments in the region. He also handed Suleiman a letter from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad confirming Iran’s permanent support for Lebanon in various fields and at all levels.
Abdollahian said that he had discussed with Lebanese officials means of cooperation between the two countries and renewed Iran’s offer to help improve electricity supply in Lebanon.
It was also reported that Abdollahian met with Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah and held talks with him also over the developments of the events in Lebanon and the Arab region according to a statement released by Hezbollah’s media office.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 30, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: March 31, 2012
Length: 0:00:54
Video Size: 41.3 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Medium shot of the Lebanese flag
2. Wide shot of the presidential palace
3. Wide shot of the meeting of the Lebanese President Michel Suleiman with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hussein Amir Abdollahian
4. Medium shots of Lebanese President reading the message that Iranian officials delivering for him from the Iranian President
5. Medium shot of Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hussein Amir Abdollahian
6. Various shots of the meeting
7. Various shots of traffic downtown Beirut

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Lebanese PM Mikati Says Lebanon Won’t...
Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
29 Mar 2012

Beirut, Lebanon | March 29, 2012

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said on Thursday, March 29, during the second regional conference of the Lebanese Army Research and Strategies Studies Center, that Lebanon would not change its disassociation and self-distance policy on the developments in Syria.
He stressed that Lebanon's positions has been clear from the very beginning, respecting the peoples' aspirations for freedom and democracy, without interfering in their domestic affairs.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Lebanese PM Najib Mikati:
“Lebanon’s position from what is happening was clear and firm in respecting people’s aspirations for freedom and for regimes that will realize their demands without interfering in their domestic affairs, because we wish for them stability and prosperity as we wish for our country. No one will succeed in luring us into changing our disassociation policy be it internally or externally, as well as the pressures don’t affect us that could be practiced upon us politically, economically and security whether internally or externally." Mikati expressed his wish that Syria would overcome the ongoing crisis and restore its role as a strong Arab nation, particularly in the face of "the Israeli enemy" and its aggressions against the Palestinian people.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Lebanese PM Najib Mikati: "Our policies set a framework for us in dealing with the situation in Syria and made us decide to distance ourselves from what's going on in Syria, for which we wish all the best and stability and hope it overcomes its crisis with the unity of its people and land until it restores its role among the Arab countries, especially in the face of the Israeli enemy, which still occupies a dear Arab land, displaces the dear Palestinian people and practices all kinds of torture, murder and displacement against them."

Mikati said he was confident that the Arab region, which had witnessed and overcome greater challenges throughout history, would be able to adapt to the new reality and interact with the new changes and developments.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 29, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: March 29, 2012
Length: 0:01:56
Video Size: 87.3 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of the second regional conference of the Lebanese Army Research and Strategies Studies Center
2- Wide shot of the attendees
3- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Lebanese PM Najib Mikati:
“Lebanon’s position from what is happening was clear and firm in respecting people’s aspirations for freedom and for regimes that will realize their demands without interfering in their domestic affairs, because we wish for them stability and prosperity as we wish for our country. No one will succeed in luring us into changing our disassociation policy be it internally or externally, as well as the pressures don’t affect us that could be practiced upon us politically, economically and security whether internally or externally." 4- Various shots of the conference
5- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Lebanese PM Najib Mikati:
"Our policies set a framework for us in dealing with the situation in Syria and made us decide to distance ourselves from what's going on in Syria, for which we wish all the best and stability and hope it overcomes its crisis with the unity of its people and land until it restores its role among the Arab countries, especially in the face of the Israeli enemy, which still occupies a dear Arab land, displaces the dear Palestinian people and practices all kinds of torture, murder and displacement against them." 6- Various shots of the conference and the attendees

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Sudan Parliament Holds Emergency Hear...
Khartoum, Sudan
By Video Cairo Sat
28 Mar 2012

Khartoum, Sudan | March 28, 2012

Sudan's National Assembly held an emergency hearing session on Wednesday, March 28, on the relations with South Sudan in light of the recent border conflict, particularly at the area of Heglig.
Interior Minister Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamed reaffirmed that Sudan was keen on maintaining good relations with South Sudan due to their shared history and more than 2,000-kilometer borders, adding that Sudan would not be silent to the threats to its security.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Sudanese Interior Minister Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamed:
"There can't be good neighboring and relations without security between the two countries. We hope that South Sudan return to their right mind because this is for their own good. Now there is famine in the South. There is a civil war in the South. They shut off their oil resources. I believe they have no way out except by having good relations with the North."

Sudanese officials expressed condemn of the recent aggressions of South Sudan army at the borders and their alleged support of the rebels in Southern Kordofan and the Blue Nile.
Sudanese Deputy Parliament Speaker Mohamed Hassan al-Amin said there would be no peace with South Sudan unless the latter halted aggression.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Sudanese Deputy Parliament Speaker Mohamed Hassan al-Amin:
"We consider stopping aggressions a basic thing. We cannot accept the support of the government of South Sudan for the rebels in Southern Kordofan and the Blue Nile. We don’t accept the presence of South Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) troops in the lands of Sudan. We consider this as daring interference in the Sudanese affairs. Therefore, there will not be permanent peace unless these acts are stopped."

Clashes broke out Monday between the armed forces of Sudan and South Sudan in disputed border regions, raising doubts about the anticipated meeting between the leaders of the two countries, Omar Hassan al-Bashir and Salva Kiir, scheduled for April 3.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 28, 2012
Shooting Location: Khartoum, Sudan
Publishing Time: March 28, 2012
Length: 0:02:37
Video Size: 130 MB
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Wide external shot of the Sudanese National Assembly headquarters in Khartoum
2. Close up, sign reading "the National Assembly" at the Sudanese National Assembly headquarters in Khartoum
3. Medium shot, banner of the session reading "The National Assembly, Foreign Affairs Committee, Hearing on the Relation with the South Sudan"
4. Various shots of the National Assembly emergency session on the relation with South Sudan amid recent border conflict
5. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Sudanese Interior Minister Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamed:
"There can't be good neighboring and relations without security between the two countries. We hope that South Sudan return to their right mind because this is for their own good. Now there is famine in the South. There is a civil war in the South. They shut off their oil resources. I believe they have no way out except by 0having good relations with the North."
6. Various shots of the hearing session and the attendees
7. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Sudanese Deputy Parliament Speaker Mohamed Hassan al-Amin:
"We consider stopping aggressions a basic thing. We cannot accept the support of the government of South Sudan for the rebels in Southern Kordofan and the Blue Nile. We don’t accept the presence of South Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) troops in the lands of Sudan. We consider this as daring interference in the Sudanese affairs. Therefore, there will not be permanent peace unless these acts are stopped." 8. Zoom in, Sudanese Interior Minister Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamed and Sudanese Deputy Parliament Speaker Mohamed Hassan al-Amin outside the hall after the session is over
9. Various shots of attendees leaving

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Egyptian Activists Meet Chinese Ambas...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
26 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 26, 2012

A delegation of the Egyptian Initiative to Support the Syrian Revolution, comprising political activists and party leaders, held talks on Monday, March 26, with China's Ambassador to Egypt Song Aiguo on China's official position on the Syrian crisis.

The media was prevented from covering the meeting, but the initiative members told reporters after the meeting that the Chinese Ambassador reaffirmed China's keenness on ending the ongoing violence in Syria, support for the mission of UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, encouragement of dialogue and political solution for the Syrian crisis and rejection of foreign interference in the Syrian issue.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Basel Adel, liberal parliamentarian, Free Egyptians Party:
"We told the Chinese Ambassador that we as Egyptians are against the violence in Syria and against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. We support any initiative at the moment but at the same time we demand pressure on the regime of Bashar al-Assad to stop the violence. It is unreasonable that the whole world is talking about initiatives while violence and bloodshed are continuing and inhabited towns are being hit by mortar shells."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Essam Shiha, Attorney, member of Al-Wafd Party:
"It's been a specific meeting that aims to push the Chinese government to exercise pressure on the Syrian government to stop the bloodshed in Syria, to provide assistance, to cooperate with the UN and to not use the Veto. We understand the Chinese position the rejects foreign interference in Syria because China is concerned that such interference leads to a sectarian fight inside Syria."

Members of the Egyptian Initiative to Support the Syrian Revolution held a similar meeting on Monday, March 19, with Russia's Ambassador to Egypt Serge Kerbetchenko over the Russian position on the Syrian crisis.

They said after the meeting that Russia also expressed support for a peaceful political solution in Syria and that Russia exercised pressure on the Syrian regime to cooperate with Annan.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 26, 2012 [and archive]
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 26, 2012
Length: 0:01:53
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Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

1- Long shot, members of the Egyptian Initiative to Support the Syrian Revolution coming out of China's Embassy headquarters in Cairo after the meeting
2- Wide shot, initiative members outside China's Embassy after the meeting
3- Close up, sign of China's Embassy in Cairo
4- Various shots of the initiative members outside China's Embassy headquarters in Cairo after the meeting
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Basel Adel, liberal parliamentarian, Free Egyptians Party:
"We told the Chinese Ambassador that we as Egyptians are against the violence in Syria and against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. We support any initiative at the moment but at the same time we demand pressure on the regime of Bashar al-Assad to stop the violence. It is unreasonable that the whole world is talking about initiatives while violence and bloodshed are continuing and inhabited towns are being hit by mortar shells." 6- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Essam Shiha, Attorney, member of Al-Wafd Party:
"It's been a specific meeting that aims to push the Chinese government to exercise pressure on the Syrian government to stop the bloodshed in Syria, to provide assistance, to cooperate with the UN and to not use the Veto. We understand the Chinese position the rejects foreign interference in Syria because China is concerned that such interference leads to a sectarian fight inside Syria." 7- Wide external shot of the Russian Embassy in Cairo
8- Medium shot, the Russian flag at the the Russian Embassy in Cairo
9- Close up, a sign at the Russian Embassy in Cairo reading "Embassy of the Russian Federation"
10- Various shots of the meeting of members of the Egyptian Initiative to Support the Syrian Revolution and Russian Ambassador to Cairo Serge Kerbetchenko

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Iranian, Chinese and Other Diplomats ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
25 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 24, 2012

Iranian diplomats along with ambassadors of other six states celebrated the Nowruz Festival on Saturday evening, March 24, for the first time in Egypt.

Ambassadors and diplomats of Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan jointly held the celebration in a big hotel in Cairo.

Ties between the mainly Sunni Muslim Egypt and predominantly Shiite Iran were severed in 1979 following Iran's Islamic Revolution and Egypt's peace treaty with and recognition of Israel. The relations improved since January 25 Revolution toppled Egypt's former regime in Feb 2011.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mojtaba Amani, Head of Iran's Interests Office in Cairo, Egypt:
"The relations are already existent. We're ambassadors of seven states sharing the Nowruz, besides some other countries. We are looking forward to more cooperation due to our shared cultures. None of these countries or those neighboring countries in the Arab region would want anything wrong for the other countries."

Other diplomats of other states also attended the celebration, including China's Ambassador to Egypt Song Aiguo who hoped that this happy feast brings nations together for more cooperation and enhanced relations.

SOUNDBITE 2 (English) - China's Ambassador to Egypt Song Aiguo:
"This is the first time for me to attend such a celebration of the Spring Festival, the celebration of Nowruz, in Egypt. I think it is a happy occasion to bring all those nations together. Now we're in the spring, in such a wonderful season. I think the spring will bring a lot of good things for the people of China, Egypt and those people celebrating this great event." In May, 2010, the United Nations announced March 21 as the International Nowruz Day.

The day is celebrated by more than 300 million people worldwide, marking the beginning of spring.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 24, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 24, 2012
Length: 0:02:24
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of the ambassadors of participant countries receiving the guests
2. Tilt down, banner of the festival with flags of participant countries at the entrance of the celebration hall
3. Wide shot, guests at the celebration hall
4. Medium shot, Mojtaba Amani, Head of Iran's Interests Office in Cairo speaking during the celebrations
5. Various shots of guests talking and eating during the celebration
6. Various shots of a dance performance during the celebration
7. Medium shot, the open banquet at the celebration hall
8. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mojtaba Amani, Head of Iran's Interests Office in Cairo, Egypt:
"The relations are already existent. We're ambassadors of seven states sharing the Nowruz, besides some other countries. We are looking forward to more cooperation due to our shared cultures. None of these countries or those neighboring countries in the Arab region would want anything wrong for the other countries." 9. Medium shot, a dance performance during the celebration
10. Various shots of diplomats speaking during the celebration
11. Medium shot of guests
12. SOUNDBITE 2 (English) - China's Ambassador to Egypt Song Aiguo:
"This is the first time for me to attend such a celebration of the Spring Festival, the celebration of Nowruz, in Egypt. I think it is a happy occasion to bring all those nations together. Now we're in the spring, in such a wonderful season. I think the spring will bring a lot of good things for the people of China, Egypt and those people celebrating this great event."
13. Medium shot, ambassadors of participant states standing side by side
14. Close up, the cake
15. Medium shot, ambassadors holding the knife and cut the cake together and clapping

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Egypt Muslims Commiserate With Copts ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
20 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 19, 2012

Muslims in Egypt commiserate with Copts over the death of Pope Shenouda III, head of Egypt's Orthodox Church and the Spiritual leader of Copts in the country, offering them condolences and sharing them grief over the man considered by both as a great symbol of the country.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hashem Mohamed, Muslim preacher:
"We would like to say that we're brothers. The Muslims and the Copts are brothers for better or worse. This is what we are urged by Islam Prophet Mohamed, peace and blessings be upon him, as he married Mariah who was Copt."

Pope Shenouda III is the 117th Patriarch of Egypt's Coptic Church and he died Saturday, March 17, at the age of 88 or almost 89.
Christians expressed appreciation of the condolences of Muslims and stressed keenness on maintaining love, mutual respect and national unity as the teachings of both religions.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Archbishop Silwan al-Zekri:
"Although there were few tensions and strives during his life, we have seen today love shown by Copts, Muslims, leaders and ordinary people. All currents of society agreed on one thing: that Pope Shenouda was a great person. So, this will surely reflect on the peace of Egypt in the future."

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Copt man:
"The Muslims brothers are as sad as the Christians. All Muslim leaders expressed sadness. The Muslims offer condolences to us on phone, in the streets, at the Church, etc. There are Muslims who are present at the Church just like Copts."

All top institutions offered condolence to the Copts of Egypt who represent 10% of the country's 80-million population while Muslims represent 90%.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 19, 2012
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1- Various shots of Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo
2- Medium shot, worshippers coming out of Al-Azhar Mosque after performing Muslim prayers
3- Various shots of Al-Azhar administrative headquarters in Cairo
4- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hashem Mohamed, Muslim preacher:
"We would like to say that we're brothers. The Muslims and the Copts are brothers for better or worse. This is what we are urged by Islam Prophet Mohamed, peace and blessings be upon him, as he married Mariah who was Copt." 5- Zoom out, the Cathedral in Cairo with Copts outside waiting to bid the last farewell to the body of the Pope
6- Various shots of Pope Shenouda III seated upright on a chair inside a room in the Church with a golden crown and formal attire, and prayers are held around him
7- Pan left, Saint Mark Cathedral in Cairo
8- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Archbishop Silwan al-Zekri:
"Although there were few tensions and strives during his life, we have seen today love shown by Copts, Muslims, leaders and ordinary people. All currents of society agreed on one thing: that Pope Shenouda was a great person. So, this will surely reflect on the peace of Egypt in the future." 9- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Copt man:
"The Muslims brothers are as sad as the Christians. All Muslim leaders expressed sadness. The Muslims offer condolences to us on phone, in the streets, at the Church, etc. There are Muslims who are present at the Church just like Copts." 10- Pan right, Saint Mark Cathedral in Cairo
11- Tilt down, a mosque in Cairo

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Egyptian Activists Meet Russian Ambas...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
20 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 19, 2012

Russia's Ambassador to Egypt Serge Kerbetchenko met on Monday, March 19, with members of the Egyptian initiative to Support the Syrian Revolution comprising political figures, party leaders and and parliamentarians and they held talks over the Russian position on the Syrian crisis.

The initiative members demanded Russian pressure on the Syrian regime to stop the bloodshed in Syria.

Russia's Ambassador Kerbetchenko said his country is keen on putting an end to the Syrian crisis and it works with the UN and the Arab League for a political solution for the issue.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Ibrahim Nawar, Democratic Front Party leader:
"Members of the Egyptian initiative to Support the Syrian Revolution demanded that the Russian government practice pressures on the regime of Bashar al-Assad to stop the bloodshed and protect the civilians in Syria. In fact, the reply that the Egyptian delegation got from the Russian Ambassador reaffirmed Russia's keenness on putting an end to the bloodshed in Syria."

Kerbetchenko affirmed that Russia supports Kofi Annan's mission at Syria, criticizing the Arab countries for withdrawing the monitoring mission and seeking military interference in Syria.

He revealed that Russia has previously pressured the Syrian government to sign the Arab League protocol to allow the monitoring mission and has recently encouraged the Syrian government to cooperate with Annan to end the ongoing violence.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Ibrahim Nawar, Democratic Front Party leader:
"The reply Annan got from the Syrian regime in the beginning was disappointing. The Russian Ambassador said that Moscow practiced pressures on the Syrian regime to change this response. Ambassador Kerbetchenko said that the Syrian regime's modified reply has already been sent to Mr. Kofi Annan and he's currently studying it."

UN and Arab League special envoy to Syria, former UN Chief Kofi Annan, started his mission in Syria on Saturday, March 8, and he described the initial response of the Syrian regime as "disappointing".

Russian Ambassador to Egypt said Russian pressure was why Annan received a more encouraging reply from Al-Assad's regime later on.

Annan sent a team of five UN experts to Syria on Monday, March 18, to work on the Syrian crisis.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 19, 2012 [and archive]
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 19, 2012
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SHOTLIST:

1- Wide external shot of the Russian Embassy in Cairo
2- Medium shot, the Russian flag at the the Russian Embassy in Cairo
3- Close up, a sign at the Russian Embassy in Cairo reading "Embassy of the Russian Federation"
4- Various shots of the meeting of members of the Egyptian Initiative to Support the Syrian Revolution and Russian Ambassador to Cairo Serge Kerbetchenko
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Ibrahim Nawar, Democratic Front Party leader:
"Members of the Egyptian initiative to Support the Syrian Revolution demanded that the Russian government practice pressures on the regime of Bashar al-Assad to stop the bloodshed and protect the civilians in Syria. In fact, the reply that the Egyptian delegation got from the Russian Ambassador reaffirmed Russia's keenness on putting an end to the bloodshed in Syria." 6- Various shots of the meeting
7- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Ibrahim Nawar, Democratic Front Party leader:
"The reply Annan got from the Syrian regime in the beginning was disappointing. The Russian Ambassador said that Moscow practiced pressures on the Syrian regime to change this response. Ambassador Kerbetchenko said that the Syrian regime's modified reply has already been sent to Mr. Kofi Annan and he's currently studying it." 8- Pan right, Former UN Chief and UN-AL Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan entering the Arab League headquarters in Cairo (Archive, March 8)
9- Various shots of the meeting of Annan with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby (Archive, March 8)
10- Long shot, Annan and Al-Araby heading to a joint press conference after the meeting (Archive, March 8)
11- Medium shot, reporters at the press conference (Archive, March 8)
12- Medium shot, Annan speaking during the press conference (Archive, March 8)
13- Wide external shot (low angle), the Arab League headquarters in Cairo

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US Congresswoman Pelosi Visits Egypt'...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
16 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 15, 2012

Former speaker of the US House of Representatives and US congressional minority leader Nancy Pelosi paid a visit on Thursday, March 15, to Egypt's parliament and held talks with Parliament Speaker and MB leader Mohamed Saad al-Katatni and other parliamentarians.
The two sides discussed Egypt's transitional stage and transformation to democracy and the writing of Egypt new constitution, amid tensions over the recent issue of American NGO workers who allegedly received foreign funds to shake Egypt's stability.
Pelosi commended the meeting as productive and stressed the significance of Egypt to the United States, the region and whole world.
SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - US congressional minority leader Nancy Pelosi:
"We thank them for sharing their views with us on subjects of mutual concern to the national security of both of our countries, the economic growth of Egypt which is important to this region and to the world, and for making progress on behalf of each and every person in Egypt, honoring the hopes that they placed in the revolution and giving them safety and opportunity for the future."

Egyptian parliamentarians who attended the meeting said that they made clear that Egypt does not accept any interference in its domestic affairs.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Eng. Saad al-Husseini, parliamentarian and Muslim Brotherhood leader:
"All parliamentarians said clearly that we're for the freedom and strength of NGO's and for giving them a great opportunity for reestablishment. We're preparing a legislation to ensure their strength and flexibility. However, we do not accept foreign politicized funds, which really happened as a means of intervening in our political affairs. I think that they do not accept that in their countries too."

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Essam al-Erian, parliamentarian and Muslim Brotherhood leader:
"We finally agreed that out joint consultations should continue with exchanging visits to discuss details in depth as we both represent two freely elected authorities and we could accomplish a lot of things as representatives of the two peoples."

The meeting came after the US delegation met with head of Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.
Observers see that the recurrent US visits to Egypt as attempts to bridge the gap and remove the tension created by the recent NGO issue.

SHOTLIST:
1. Wide external shot of Egypt's parliament headquarters in Cairo
2. Various shots of US congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and her delegation meeting with Egypt's Parliament Speaker and MB leader Mohamed Saad al-Katatni and other parliamentarians
3. Medium shot, Pelosi getting out of the meeting room to make a statement
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - US congressional minority leader Nancy Pelosi:
"We thank them for sharing their views with us on subjects of mutual concern to the national security of both of our countries, the economic growth of Egypt which is important to this region and to the world, and for making progress on behalf of each and every person in Egypt, honoring the hopes that they placed in the revolution and giving them safety and opportunity for the future." 5. Various shots of US congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and her delegation meeting with Egypt's Parliament Speaker and MB leader Mohamed Saad al-Katatni and other parliamentarians
6. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Eng. Saad al-Husseini, parliamentarian and Muslim Brotherhood leader:
"All parliamentarians said clearly that we're for the freedom and strength of NGO's and for giving them a great opportunity for reestablishment. We're preparing a legislation to ensure their strength and flexibility. However, we do not accept foreign politicized funds, which really happened as a means of intervening in our political affairs. I think that they do not accept that in their countries too." 7. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Essam al-Erian, parliamentarian and Muslim Brotherhood leader:
"We finally agreed that out joint consultations should continue with exchanging visits to discuss details in depth as we both represent two freely elected authorities and we could accomplish a lot of things as representatives of the two peoples." 8. Various shots of Pelosi and her delegation leaving after the meeting
9. Medium external shot of Egypt's parliament

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Pelosi: US-Egypt Ties Strong Despite ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
16 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 15, 2012

US Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday, March 15, in a press conference in Cairo, that the relations between the United States and Egypt would remain strong despite the controversial NGO issue which she described as "a bump in the road" of the strong ties between the two countries.
SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - US congressional minority leader Nancy Pelosi:
"Whatever the NGO issue was, it should not be a barrier to the future possibilities between our two countries. The Egyptian people, if they want to have cooperation from the United States in their interest and we want to help them in our interest, let us proceed with the greatest respect and not let bump on the road, which you have with many countries, be an obstacle to that."

Pelosi commended Egypt’s recent elections of the two houses of the parliament as the first step towards democracy, reaffirming that the stability of Egypt serves the US interests in the region.
She also lowered the tone of Washington's threat to cut off financial aid to Egypt, saying that the United States would be there for Egypt provided the Egyptians were aware of the friendship between the two countries.
SOUNDBITE 2 (English) - US congressional minority leader Nancy Pelosi:
"The United States is well served by a strong and stable Egypt, to the extent that that assistance is in further ends of that stability, we'll certainly be there. However, we want to be there in a way that is directly beneficial to the Egyptian people and that they are aware of our friendship."

SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of the press conference of US congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and her delegation in Cairo
2. Various shots of reporters asking questions and Pelosi speaking in reply
3. Medium shot, Pelosi speaking during the press conference
4. Long shot, a reporter asking and Pelosi listening
5. SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - US congressional minority leader Nancy Pelosi:
"Whatever the NGO issue was, it should not be a barrier to the future possibilities between our two countries. The Egyptian people, if they want to have cooperation from the United States in their interest and we want to help them in our interest, let us proceed with the greatest respect and not let bump on the road, which you have with many countries, be an obstacle to that." 6. Various shots of the press conference
7. SOUNDBITE 2 (English) - US congressional minority leader Nancy Pelosi:
"The United States is well served by a strong and stable Egypt, to the extent that that assistance is in further ends of that stability, we'll certainly be there. However, we want to be there in a way that is directly beneficial to the Egyptian people and that they are aware of our friendship." 8. Various shots of the press conference
9. Zoom out/pan right, Pelosi concluding the press conference and all leaving

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Debate in Egypt Over Parliament's Dem...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
14 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 14, 2012 [and archive]

Egypt’s Parliament demanded the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt and withdrawal of the Egyptian Ambassador from Israel over the Israeli attacks on Gaza strip, urging the government to cut off diplomatic ties with Israel during an evening session on Monday, March 12.
The Egyptian parliament made a list of demands including halting export of natural gas to Israel, and reexamining the 1979 peace treaty with Israel.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed al-Said Edrees, Head of Parliament Arab Affairs Committee:
"We demand expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt and withdrawal of the Egyptian Ambassador from Tel Aviv and halting export of natural gas to this entity (i.e. Israel)." The parliamentary recommendations also included extending humanitarian aids to the Palestinians, adopting all forms of resistance against Israel, and urging the Arab League to oppose the Israel's attempts to turn Jerusalem to a Jewish city.
Egyptians have different opinions with regard to the demand of expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt. Some supports the demand wholeheartedly, some see it unrealistic, and some consider it very hazardous.
SOUNDBITES 2 – Egyptian Citizen:
“I support the demand of the Parliament Arab Affairs Committee to kick out the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt due to many issues. For example, our brothers have been recently killed at the Egyptian borders by Israelis and they just apologized as if the Egyptians are worthless.” SOUNDBITE 3 – Egyptian Citizen:
“We don’t have to make irresponsible hasty decisions such as expelling the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt and withdrawing our Egyptian Ambassador form Israel. Of course this is not the solution. The people must think well. We have to think of our country’s ongoing conditions, our economy and the conditions of Egyptian citizens.”

SOUNDBITES 4 – Egyptian Citizen:
“Of course I agree with the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt and the withdrawal of the Egyptian Ambassador from Israel, as Arabs are like members of the same body; if anything wrong happens to any member, the others are badly affected. We have to unite! Arabs and Muslims are brothers.”

The parliament also called on the government to reconsider the country’s nuclear policy if Israel continues to refuse international inspection of its nuclear facilities.
The suggestion of the lower house of the parliament is mostly symbolic because only the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) that took over ousted president Hosni Mubarak can make such decisions.

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Publishing Time: March 14, 2012
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SHOTLIST:
1- Wide external shot, the Egyptian Parliament
2- Various shots of members of the parliament entering
3- Various shots of members of the parliament, mostly breaded Islamists, at the parliament entrance and yard
4- Wide external shot, the Egyptian Parliament
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed al-Said Edrees, Head of Parliament Arab Affairs Committee:
"We demand expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt and withdrawal of the Egyptian Ambassador from Tel Aviv and halting export of natural gas to this entity (i.e. Israel)." 6- Medium shot, the parliament gate with Egypt's flag
7- Various shots of members of the parliament, mostly breaded Islamists, at the parliament entrance and yard
8- Various shots of army security men
9- Wide shot, over view of Cairo and the River Nile
10- Various shots of people in the street
11- SOUNDBITES 2 – Egyptian Citizen:
“I support the demand of the Parliament Arab Affairs Committee to kick out the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt due to many issues. For example, our brothers have been recently killed at the Egyptian borders by Israelis and they just apologized as if the Egyptians are worthless.” 12- SOUNDBITE 3 – Egyptian Citizen:
“We don’t have to make irresponsible hasty decisions such as expelling the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt and withdrawing our Egyptian Ambassador form Israel. Of course this is not the solution. The people must think well. We have to think of our country’s ongoing conditions, our economy and the conditions of Egyptian citizens.” 13- SOUNDBITES 4 – Egyptian Citizen:
“Of course I agree with the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador from Egypt and the withdrawal of the Egyptian Ambassador from Israel, as Arabs are like members of the same body; if anything wrong happens to any member, the others are badly affected. We have to untie! Arabs and Muslims are brothers.” 14- Wide shot (low angel) the building of the Israeli Embassy at Giza with Israeli flag hanging on the window [archive]
15- Various shots of a protest outside the Israeli Embassy with protestors raising Palestinian flag [archive]
16- Medium shot, protestors setting fire on a flag of Israel and treading on it with their shoes [archive]
17- Various shots of the construction of a wall outside the Israeli Embassy to protect it [archive]
18- Various shots of protestors pulling down the wall outside the embassy [archive]
19- Wide shot, Israeli symbolic star drawn on the ground of a street and cars driving on it

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Italy Against Military Intervention i...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Video Cairo Sat
14 Mar 2012

Beirut, Lebanon| March 13, 2012

Italian Foreign Ministry's envoy for the Middle East and the Mediterranean, Maurizio Massari, expressed his country's rejection of any military intervention in Syria, he said on Tuesday, March 13, after his meeting with his Lebanese counterpart Mansour Adnan in Beirut.
He added that the meeting was an occasion to renew Italy's cooperation with Lebanon, particularly through its participation with troops in the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
Massari pointed out that Italy is concerned with the situation in Syria, stressing that the humanitarian conditions in Syria were completely unacceptable and rejection of the violence of the regime against women and children.
He affirmed that ceasefire and halting of violence were among Italy's top priorities.
According to recent UN estimates, about 8,500 Syrians have been killed since the uprising started mid-March 2011.

Story: Italian Envoy to the Middle East Says Italy against Military Intervention in Syria
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Publishing Time: March 13, 2012
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of downtown Beirut, Lebanon
2. Various shots of the meeting of Italian Foreign Ministry's envoy for the Middle East and the Mediterranean, Maurizio Massari, with his Lebanese counterpart Mansour Adnan
3. Various shots of troops at the Lebanese – Syrian borders

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Muslim Brotherhood Official Visits Eg...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
13 Mar 2012

For the first time, Muslim Brotherhood General- Guide Mohamed Badie paid a visit to the Anglican Church in Cairo on Tuesday, March 13, accompanied by a delegation of the MB top leaders, including former General Guide Mahdi Akef.
The meeting aims to establish a joint national group that serves the interests of the country in order to achieve stability and remove misconceptions about some controversial concepts on both sides.
The Muslim guests and the Coptic hosts, led by Anglican Church leader Safwat al-Bayad, discussed number of important Egyptian issues apart from the political side, stressing the common value of national unity.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Muslim Brotherhood General- Guide Mohamed Badie:
"The Ten Commandments in the Torah, the Gospel and the Quran are the same. They haven’t changed and they will never change. It's strange that we have the same commandments and that we carry this shared responsibility and some others attempt to break this unity. Therefore I say that we have no choice but to put our hands together and not allow any power, authority or human being to divide this gathering. Whatever is united by Almighty Allah cannot be disunited by people."
Badie affirmed that Egypt needs the efforts of all its sons whether Muslims or Christians, adding that Egypt was going through a critical transitional phase where dialogue would lead to more understanding and common values.
Badie praised the Anglican sect and its leaders as they were the ones who called for such a meeting to hold talks with the MB for the sake of the country’s interests.
They both stressed the importance to follow the religious principles and values, commending January 25 Revolution as a turning point that allowed such meetings.
Anglican Church leader Al-Bayad expressed his appreciation of the MB’s visit, calling for more national dialogues for the sake of Egypt, praising the MB as moderate and keen on the country's best interest.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 13, 2012
Shooting Location: Egypt
Publishing Time: March 13, 2012
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of Muslim Brotherhood General- Guide Mohamed Badie and his delegation entering the Anglican Church
2- Various shots Badie and his delegation being welcomed by Anglican Church leader Safwat al-Bayad and other church members
3- Various shots of the meeting of both sides
4- Various shots of Badie making a statement during the meeting
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Muslim Brotherhood General- Guide Mohamed Badie:
"The Ten Commandments in the Torah, the Gospel and the Quran are the same. They haven’t changed and they will never change. It's strange that we have the same commandments and that we carry this shared responsibility and some others attempt to break this unity. Therefore I say that we have no choice but to put our hands together and not allow any power, authority or human being to divide this gathering. Whatever is united by Almighty Allah cannot be disunited by people."
6- Various shots of the meeting
7- Various shots of Badie and his delegation leaving

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Arab Leaders and Russian FM Meet in C...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
11 Mar 2012

Arab Foreign Ministers met in Cairo on Saturday, March 10, in presence of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the Syrian crisis, amid Arab and Western efforts to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime to end the violence going on for almost a year now.

The Arab League talks come as former UN chief Kofi Annan, who has been newly appointed as the UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, headed to Damascus for urgent talks with Assad.

While Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani criticized Russia and China for vetoing a UN resolution against Syrian regime and called for Arab - foreign troops in Syria, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby called on the Syrian regime to respond to the Arab and international calls to put an end to the crisis.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani:
"It's time to act according to the recommendation calling for sending Arab-international troops to Syria. We have to deliver a message to the Syrian regime that we and the world have run out of patience, and the time of silence to its (the regime's) practices is over."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
"We call the Syrian leadership to listen to the voice of uprising people, respond to their fair demands and take the steps necessitated by the developments of the situation. We also hope that the Syrian government and all forms of opposition will comply with the efforts of the Arab League and the United Nations to make the mission of the mission of the joint UN-AL envoy Kofi Annan successful."

For his part, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov stressed that his country does not protect a certain regime, but it protects the international law that prevents foreign interference in any country's domestic affairs, showing agreement that the immediate joint goal is to end the ongoing violence in Syria.

SOUNDBITE 3 (English) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov:
"(We have been) sticking to the international law, the charter of the United Nations and the principles of respect to the sovereignty territorial integrity and non-interference in domestic affairs of states, not to mention military interference. We're not protecting any regimes. We protect international law. And I believe that we all agree when we talk on Syria that the immediate task now is to end violence."

UN estimates that nearly 8,500 Syrians were killed since the anti-regime uprising erupted mid-March, 2011.

Arab League efforts have failed so far to resolve the issue through urging political reform and dialogue between the Syrian regime and opposition.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 10, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 10, 2012
Length: 0:02:17
Video Size: 113 MB
Language: Arabic and English
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SHOTLIST:
1- Wide external shot (low angle), the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
2- Long shot, the entrance of the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
3- Close up, logo of the Arab League at the conference hall
4- Various shots of the Arab Foreign Ministers and the meeting
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani:
"It's time to act according to the recommendation calling for sending Arab-international troops to Syria. We have to deliver a message to the Syrian regime that we and the world have run out of patience, and the time of silence to its (the regime's) practices is over." 6- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
"We call the Syrian leadership to listen to the voice of uprising people, respond to their fair demands and take the steps necessitated by the developments of the situation. We also hope that the Syrian government and all forms of opposition will comply with the efforts of the Arab League and the United Nations to make the mission of the mission of the joint UN-AL envoy Kofi Annan successful." 7- Wide shot, the meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers, Lavrov speaking during the meeting
8- Pan left, the speakers during the meeting
9- Various shots of Lavrov speaking during the meeting
10- SOUNDBITE 3 (English) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov:
"(We have been) sticking to the international law, the charter of the United Nations and the principles of respect to the sovereignty territorial integrity and non-interference in domestic affairs of states, not to mention military interference. We're not protecting any regimes. We protect international law. And I believe that we all agree when we talk on Syria that the immediate task now is to end violence." 11- Medium shot, flags of Arab states at the conference hall
12- Wide shot of the meeting
13- Close up, logo of the Arab League at the gate
14- Pan right, flags of Arab states at the entrance of Arab League headquarters