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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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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
Video Size: 83.9 MB
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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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
Video Size: 119 MB
Language: Arabic and English
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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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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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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
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Publishing Time: March 13, 2012
Length: 0:01:01
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Language: Arabic
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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