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"The Finance Ministry has intensified its contacts (with Gulf states) to stand on the volume of financial aid announced," caretaker Finance Minister Fayyad Abdel Moneim told the Anadolu Agency in a phone interview Saturday.
Abdel Moneim spoke of contacts with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Kuwait for urgent aid.
Saudi Arabia has already announced $8 billion, including $1 billion in non-refundable grant, he said.
Analysts said the country needs some $19.5 billion until June 2014 to cover debts and a $5.4 billion trade deficit.
Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi phoned Saudi Kind Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz and UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nuhayyan yesterday on the latest developments in Egypt.
King Abdullah was the first Arab and foreign leader to congratulate interim president Adly Mansour after his swearing-in ceremony.
Egypt's relations with both Saudi Arabia and the UAE took a downturn under Morsi.
UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura, who was also at the Rome conference, voiced concern about the Assad regime's advances in Aleppo.
10-year extension of sanctions, many currently waived, is criticized by Iranian FM and atomic energy agency head
Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court on Saturday ruled parts of an article of a controversial protest law were unconstitutional
Israel's defence minister Avigdor Lieberman has said the Knesset should delay voting on a controversial settlement till Trump's inauguration
In a further shake up of ministers King Salman has sacked the labour minister
Syrian American Medical Society physician says no-fly zones easy to set up, international community should push for it
A social worker who dressed as a clown to entertain children in Aleppo was killed Tuesday in an air strike on the Syrian city.
Civilians flee from one part of besieged city to another amid flurry of attacks by regime and its allies
Prominent lawyer and rights activist accuses authorities of shutting down two non-profit libraries in Cairo
"Iran has proved that it sticks to its international agreements but it also has appropriate responses for all situations."
Jean-Marc Ayrault accuses Syrian regime of systematic, arbitrary crimes, praises volunteer rescue group White Helmets
Kofi Anan-led Advisory Commission on Rakhine set to fly to region to probe alleged human rights violations against Rohingya
Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who flew in from Riyadh, held several hours of talks with Hadi at the hilltop Al-Maashiq palace, where members of his government are also staying, before leaving Aden, the official said.
Number of internally displaced people in Aleppo equivalent to number of Syrian refugees in all of Europe, UN says
Saturday's polls were the first in nearly four years contested by the opposition, whose diverse components agree on some issues such as rejecting government austerity measures but are split on many others.