Sisi heads to Algeria before attending AU Summit in Malabo
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi (R) and President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (L) - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will travel to Algeria Wednesday before flying to Equatorial Guinea, according to a presidential statement Tuesday evening.

Sisi will meet with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to discuss bilateral relations in economics and politics, the statement added.

The meeting will also tackle international and regional issues of mutual concern, the statement read.

Sisi will then head to Malabo, the Equatorial Guinean capital to attend an annual African Union summit. He will give Egypt’s speech at the summit.

“In keeping with tradition, the newly elected Presidents of Malawi, H.E. Peter Mutharika; H.E. José Mário Vaz of Guinea Bissau and H.E. Abdel Fatah al-Sisi of Egypt will be welcomed by the Assembly and will address the opening session on [June 26, 2014],” read the statement on the AU official website.

On June 20, an Egyptian delegation attended meetings of the permanent members of the African Union in Malabo.

Sisi’s attendance at the summit is the first official participation since the AU Peace and Security Council unfroze Egypt’s participation in the AU on June 17. The AU froze Egypt’s activities two days after the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on July 3 following mass protests against his regime on June 30.

Regarding the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, it is expected that Sisi will discuss the issue with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Both sides will hold a meeting on the sidelines of the summit, Ethiopian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Berhane Gebre-Christos told a MENA correspondent in Malabo.

“We in Ethiopia consider Egypt a strategic partner and we wish Egypt peace and progress,” he was quoted as saying.

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