CAIRO: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab arrived in Egypt Sunday morning after his visit to Tanzania’s Dar el-Salaam and Chad’s N’Djamena, Youm7 reported.
Mahlab’s African tour represents his first foreign visit to other African countries since he took office last March, and lasted for 3 days.
The accompanying delegation with Mahlab included the Ministers of Housing and Agriculture and the Deputy Foreign Minister for African Affairs Ambassador Hamdi Sanad Loza.
Mahlab’s visit comes in the framework of Egypt’s keenness to enhance bilateral relations, developments in the roadmap, and several international and African issues.
Mahlab held a meeting with the Chadian President Idriss Deby, and delivered him a message from President Adly Mansour, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.
The message addressed recent developments in Egypt and the region, and discussed the “bonds of cooperation and friendship” between Egypt and Chad.
Mohamed Salah Zayed, Nasr Party chairman, praised Mahlab’s visit to Tanzania, where he attended its celebrations of the 50th anniversary of unity on behalf of the Egyptian president, noting that Tanzanians were holding pictures of the late Gamal Abdel Nasser in recognition of his efforts for their country, Al-Dostour reported.
The visit’s agenda included talks with the two countries’ presidents regarding the reinstatement of Egypt in the African Union, which was suspended on July 5 in reaction to the overthrow of former president Mohamed Morsi.
In response, the two countries’ presidents said that suspending Egypt’s membership in the African Union is a matter of time, adding that African leaders cannot ignore Egypt’s role in the continent, Youm7 reported.
Further, the two presidents stated that they will make efforts to bridge the gap in views between Egypt and Ethiopia regarding the crisis of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
Mohamed Nasr Allam, former Minister of Irrigation, welcomed Mahlab’s visit to Chad, in a phone call to Mehwar channel, adding that Chad is a member in the African Peace and Security Council, and it may vote for reinstating of Egypt’s membership in the African Union.
Allam said that Mahlab chose to start his tour with Chad because it recently signed the Entebbe Agreement, along with 6 other African countries, but its parliament has not ratified it yet.
The Entebbe Agreement opens the door for establishing projects on the Nile without Egypt’s approval, thereby reducing its share of the Nile water.
Allam said that in the case that Egypt convinces Chadian parliament and another country to reject the agreement, it will be permanently canceled.
Additional reporting by Hend Mokhtar.