CAIRO: Diplomatic delegations from many different countries will attend the inauguration of President-elect Abdel Fatah al-Sisi Sunday.
Sisi will swear in in front of members of the General Assembly of the Supreme Constitutional Court and a number of public figures and diplomatic delegations.
Many countries were invited to attend the inauguration, yet others were not invited for their perceived hostile attitude towards Egypt, including Qatar and Turkey. Israel was also not invited according to Sky News Wednesday.
Israeli radio announced that although Israel did not receive an official invitation to attend the inauguration, they will send representatives of the Israeli embassy in Cairo to the inauguration, according to Veto Gate Saturday.
However, The Cairo Post contacted Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdel Aty and he dismissed this report by saying “ignore this news completely.”
The Tunisian Embassy in Cairo confirmed in remarks to The Cairo Post Thursday morning that a Tunisian delegation has been invited by Egypt, and denied media reports that Tunisia had been snubbed.
Agence Tunis Afrique Press (TAP) reported Tunisian Foreign Minister Mongi Hamdi is scheduled to attend the inauguration.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, Sudan, Algeria, Morocco, Iraq and Palestine were the other Arab nations invited to attend. Iran was also invited in addition to Ethiopia, the United States, Russia, France, Britain, and countries from the African Union and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Youm7 reported.
Sources in the presidency told MENA that there were 22 invitations for different presidents, kings and heads of state.
The delegations of Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Iraq, Morocco, China, COMESA, the African Union and the United States arrived in Cairo Saturday and it is expected that Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah of Kuwait, King Abdullah II of Jordan, and UAE officials will arrive in Cairo Sunday, MENA reported Saturday.
Airport authorities denied the arrival of a Qatari delegation to attend the inauguration, an official source told Youm7 Saturday.
A Vatican delegation will also attend the inauguration represented by the Vatican Ambassador to Egypt, Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak and Bishop George Issac, Father Rafik Greish, a Vatican spokesman told The Cairo Post.