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Egypt’s New Supply Minister Khaled Hanafy Takes tour at Cairo Bakeries
Published 2014-03-03 13:09:24| Amwal Al Ghad English
Egypt's new Minister of Supply and Internal Trade Khaled Hanafy talks during a tour at bakeries in Cairo March 2, 2014. Egypt's new supplies minister said he would reconsider a decision to halt rice exports and look into French wheat imports which were excluded after Egypt changed its specification concerning wheat moisture levels, state media reported on Sunday. Source: REUTERs
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