CAIRO: Foreign Affairs Minister Nabil Fahmy met Monday with the Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union, Ambassador Smail Chergui, to discuss Egypt’s future in the African Union, according to a Tuesday statement from ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty.
They also talked about Egypt’s participation in peace keeping efforts in Africa.
Chergui stressed upon the need to help Egypt fight terrorism, calling on all African nations to cooperate with Egypt to put an end to terrorism in the country and the entire continent.
The minster and the commissioner also discussed the situation in Africa and the current conflicts ongoing in the continent.
Chergui also met with journalists Monday and said the AU is evaluating whether to observe the presidential elections, adding that a decision will be announced soon.
He added that restoring Egypt’s membership is the decision of the Peace and Security Council of the AU and not the commission.
On the sidelines of the African Summit in Ethiopia on Jan. 30, the council said it will not back away from the decision of suspending Egypt’s membership in the union after June 30 and the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.
AU suspended Egypt’s membership on July 5, denouncing Morsi’s ouster.
Egypt’s Ambassador to Addis Ababa Mohamed Edriss commented on the incident, saying that the voices of millions of Egyptians who protested against Morsi’s role could not be ignored, and that military forces supported their opinion, Al-Ahram reported on July 6.
The Foreign Ministry spokesperson commented on the decision by saying that Egypt was deeply saddened by the AU’s decision.