CAIRO: Speaking at African Union summit meetings held in Equatorial Guinea, Egyptian Ambassador to Ethiopia and permanent representative to the AU Mohamed Idris said that the Egypt-Ethiopia dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will not be discussed during the summit, Youm7 reported.
Idris added that the Nile water issue will be discussed in sub meetings between President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, and that Egypt is keen to start projects and bilateral missions in Africa.
He said Egypt’s commitment is to promote peace, security and economic development in Africa.
Idris said that during the opening ceremony of the AU summit, it was clear to him delegates were pleased that Egypt had been reinstated to the AU.
During the opening of the meeting of the executive council of the foreign ministers of the AU, AU Commission Chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma welcomed Egypt’s resumption of its activities in the AU, MENA reported.
The title of the summit is “Agriculture and Food Security in Africa”, and Zuma said this should be a top priority in African countries.
She also praised the recent Egyptian presidential election: “The presidential elections which were held in Egypt and other countries including Malawi, Mauritania and South Africa were free,” Zuma said.
“Egypt’s return to attend the African summit meetings could pave the way for a continuous interaction and fruitful cooperation in projects that materialize the aspirations of the African people for development using the huge potential of the African continent,” Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri said during the summit.
The African summit to be held later this month in Equatorial Guinea will discuss regional and international issues, Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdel Atty said in a Sunday press statement. He added that African leaders will discuss the possible expansion of the U.N. Security Council, peace and security in Africa and the 2015 development plan in Africa.
The two-day foreign minister meeting started Tuesday ahead of the 23rd Ordinary Session of the African Union set from June 20-27. Sisi is planned to head Egypt’s delegation during the ordinary session.