CAIRO: Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said that the Egyptian authorities are following the details of the arrest of three Egyptians in Ethiopia.
He added in a press statement on Saturday, during his current visit to Equatorial Guinea, “I have been informed that there was a problem relating to the issue of the three Egyptians who were arrested.”
Anatolia News Agency reported that Ethiopian security authorities arrested three Egyptians in Gambella on the borders with South Sudan. It added that two citizens were arrested in Osusa city, the capital of Beni-shangul province, while the other was arrested in Barrow River area during taking photos of one of the dams established on the river.
In the same context, diplomatic sources told Sada al-Balad news website that the ministry is in contact with the Egyptian Embassy in Addis Ababa to verify the news of the arrest. They stated that they have not received any notifications from the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry in this regard.
The news of the arrest of Egyptian citizens in Ethiopia came days after reports about the arrest of 12 Egyptian soldiers in South Sudan. According to Sudanese Intbaha Newspaper, the opposition White Army detained and killed 14 Egyptian soldiers during their participation in the battle that took place in the Ayod district to support the governmental troops.
Dr. Gamal Salama, Professor of Political Science in Suez Canal University, stated that the reports aim to undermine Egypt’s relations with the African states.
He added in a statement to Al-Shorouq news website on Friday, “The foreign press is playing a major role to undermine these relations and to prevent Egypt from restoring its membership in the African Union.”