Chronology: Egypt

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Jan. 17: US Vice President Dick Cheney met with Egyptian President Husni Mubarak in Cairo to discuss the Iraqi elections, USSyrian relations, and Iran's reconstitution of its nuclear program. [NYT, 1/17]

Egypt agreed not to deport Sudanese asylum-seekers, after the UN refugee agency asked for more time to process their resettlement requests. Four hundred Sudanese had been held since a protest outside UN offices in Cairo by hundreds of Sudanese refugees and asylum-seekers was violently dispersed by Egyptian police on December 30. [MEO, 1/17]

Jan. 18: The US suspended trade talks with Egypt over the jailing of leading Egyptian opposition figure Ayman Nur. The disruption in negotiations also followed the denial by the Egyptian government of Representative Frank R. Wolf's (R-VA.) request to visit Nur in prison. [NYT, 1/18]

Jan. 19: Egypt freed more than 450 members of the Muslim Brotherhood arrested during parliamentary elections in 2005. Over 300 members of the organization, rounded up during voting, remained in jail. [BBC, 1/19]

Feb. 1: Thirty-two people were killed and 54 wounded in two separate bus crashes in southern Egypt. [BBC, 2/1]

Feb. 3: An Egyptian ferry carrying nearly 1,400 passengers sank in the Red Sea en route from Duba, Saudi Arabia to the port of Safaga. The ship was carrying mostly Egyptian workers returning from Saudi Arabia and Hajj pilgrims. Weather was reportedly to blame for the sinking. More than 1,000 were killed. [Reuters, 2/3]

Feb. 6: A crowd stormed the Cairo offices of Al-Salaam Maritime Transport Company, angry at the lack of information about their relatives who had been aboard the company's ferry that sank in the Red Sea on February 3. The police used tear gas to disperse the crowd who set office furniture on fire in the street. [Al-Jazeera, 2/6]

Feb. 14: Egyptian officials announced the delay of local council elections for two years, a move criticized by Islamists and other opposition groups. [Al-Jazeera, 2/14]

Feb. 17: Prime Minister Ahmad Nazif confirmed that seven birds infected with the H5N1 strain of avian flu had been found in Egypt. [NYT, 2/18]

Feb. 22: In a joint press conference with visiting US secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Foreign Minister Ahmad Abu Al-Gheit said aid should continue to the Palestinian government but that Hamas should recognize Israel, end terrorist attacks, and accept previous diplomatic agreements. …