African Union to reconsider suspension of Egypt’s membership
African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa - AFP/Enny Vaughan
By THE CAIRO POST

CAIRO: Representatives of 15 countries members of the African Union (AU)’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) met in Addis Ababa on Tuesday to discuss the lifting of the Egypt’s suspension from membership in the AU, Al Ahram reported.

The meeting comes following a report that was previously drafted by Alpha Oumar Konare, chief of Africa’s Committee of the Wise. The report emphasized that the AU’s decision to freeze Egypt’s membership was based on a “misunderstanding and misestimating” the circumstances that led to the June 30 Revolution.

The PSC suspended Egypt’s AU membership on July 5, 2013, only two days after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. The PSC viewed the ouster as “unconstitutional”, which violated its charter.

Head of the Arab League’s department on Africa Samir Hosny told Al Ahram that there are “strong indications” that Egypt would resume its membership in the AU.

“The PSC will held a session to give the final word on the Egyptian cases on June25,” said Hosny.

Egypt “will definitely take part in the African Summit” scheduled to be held on June 26 and 27 in Guinea, Hosny added.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty was quoted on Monday by the state-run Al Ahram saying that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi was invited to the AU’s Extraordinary Summit on Employment and Poverty Eradication, scheduled to take place in Burkina Faso on Sept. 6-7.

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