Sunday, June 22, 2014

Egyptian ambassador to Addis Ababa and AU says ‘hard work is still ahead’

(Jun 22, 2014, (Addis Ababa))--Anticipating the participation of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in the African Union summit at the head of the Egyptian delegation later this month and at the African-American summit, upon an invitation expected to be handed over by US Secretary of State John Kerry, Ambassador Mohamed Idris said that the high-level presentation of Egyptian at African quarters should launch the beginning of efficient and committed Egyptian engagement in Africa.

Speaking to Ahram Online from Addis Ababa by phone following the lifting of Egypt’s suspension from the African Union imposed after the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi, the Egyptian ambassador to the AU and Addis Ababa said that there is a definite wish on the side of African countries to see Egypt restoring its committed interest in the affairs of the continent but that it is no longer enough for any of the African states to hear Egypt speak of this commitment without acting accordingly.

“We over-stretched references to the role of Egypt in helping the African liberation movement during the colonial era; the past was good but it was followed by years of relatively reluctant interest and we need to really pick up on the ground rather than just talk about the way things were,” Idris stated.

The Egyptian ambassador also denied news reports suggesting that the return of Egypt to the activities of the African organisation is conditional. Read more from Ahram Online » 

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