African Union Panel report recommends Egypt return to union
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CAIRO: The Panel of the Wise of the African Union (AU) recommended  Egypt return to the AU in a Friday report, Anadolu news agency reported.

The AU suspended Egypt’s membership on July 5, 2013 in response to the ouster of Mohamed Morsi.The report by the panel, a 5-person consultatory body of the union,also recommended the current authority to set free the political prisoners and allow peaceful demonstrations.

The report was sent to the chairperson of the African Union commission Dlamini Zuma after meetings of the body lasted for three days, Anadolu reported, adding that it also recommended Egypt hold an inclusive dialogue with political opposition, including the Muslim Brotherhood, release political prisoners and allow peaceful demonstrations in accordance with the constitution.

An anonymous source told the agency if the ambassadors let Egypt rejoin the union, the country could participate in the summit of the Peace and Security Council of AU, which would be held the day before the African summit slated for June 26 in Guinea.According to Anadolu about 12 ambassadors of 15 agreed on Egypt’s return to the AU, but if the decision were taken by the African summit so it would be difficult for Egypt to attend the summit.

Expert at Al Ahram for political and strategic studies Amr el-Shobaki told Youm7 the report was “balanced,” and that it allows Egypt to participate in African organizations.

Ethiopian News Website Nazert reported that Ethiopian Foreign Minister Redros Adhanom said Thursday that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi would visit Ethiopia within two weeks and would meet with the Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn to talk about the Renaissance Dam and other issues, however the site added the Egyptian government had yet to confirm Sisi’s visit.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat Wednesday, Ethiopian Ambassador to Cairo Mohamed Derir said Addis Ababa has invited Sisi, to visit Ethiopia, and that there would be a meeting between Sisi and Desalegn on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) summit being held in Equatorial Guinea from June 26-27.

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