Visiting delegation calls for review of AU charter after Egypt’s suspension
Alpha Omar Konary, Former Mali President - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: An African delegation headed by former Mali President Alpha Omar Konary sympathized with Egypt’s frustration over the country’s absence from the African Union during a Tuesday meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cairo.

According to a statement issued by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel-Atty on Tuesday, Konary said during his meeting with Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy that the African delegation is convinced that what happened in Egypt on June 30 was not a military coup.

The African Union decided to suspend Egypt’s membership after the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Konary added that the Egyptian experience should push the AU to review its charter to take into account popular revolutions. He expressed appreciation to the efforts exerted by the Egyptian government to cooperate with the African delegation during its visits.

This is the third visit of an African delegation since the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. The first visit came immediately after the decision to dismiss Morsi, followed by a second in September.

Abdel-Atty said Fahmy welcomed the African delegation, stressing Egypt’s keenness to cooperate with African countries.

The statement added that Konary praised the efforts exerted by the Foreign Minister to restore Egypt’s position in Africa.

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