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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.
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck off the coast of Guatemala early on Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
A blind elderly man gets help while being led to a voting booth to mark his ballot during a parliamentary election at a polling station in the Tajik capital Dushanbe March 1, 2015.
Yemen's Hadi declares Sanaa occupied by the Shiite Houthi, saying that the government takeover is nothing less than a coup.
Aliyev had been due to testify at the trial of other inmates he said had threatened to kill him.
Egyptian court labels Hamas as terrorist organisation
White House says president would block legislation forcing him to submit text of any nuclear agreement to Congress
Egypt has been cracking down on militancy in Sinai
Avijit Roy, whose blog championed liberal secular writing in the Muslim-majority nation, was attacked along with his wife.
Roivas' Reform Party has best chance to keep power worries about Russia, minimum wages dominate campaign
Egypt has been without a parliament since June 2012
The war correspondent was seriously wounded in shelling around Donetsk before and died in the hospital
Netanyahu's controversial visit will test the relationship of both countries.
About 400 people attend PEGIDA march, while 2,000 gather in anti-PEGIDA rally
Minister Sedki Sobhi will discuss military and security cooperation with the country
Abu Sabga said that the Erez crossing is not considered safe by many Palestinians, who fear that they would be arrested by Israeli authorities for "resisting the occupation"
Boris Nemtsov was shot several times from a passing car near the Kremlin late Friday