Sisi will not attend African summit in Washington: presidential Spokesperson
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will not attend the African Summit scheduled to be held August 4-6 in Washington, said Egypt’s presidential spokesperson Ihab Badawy Sunday.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab will represent Egypt in the summit, since President Sisi will not be able to attend, Badawy added in remarks to the reporters in the headquarters of the presidential office, Youm7 reported.

Egypt was invited by the United States on July 14 to attend the African Leaders summit in Washington, said White House spokesperson for the National Security Council Ned Price, Reuters reported.

The U.S. invitation came after Egypt restored its membership in the African Union. The AU suspended Cairo’s membership two days after the July 3, 2013 ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi by the army following mass protests calling for him to step down.

On June 17, 15 member states of the AU’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) in Addis Ababa decided unanimously to unfreeze Egypt’s membership.

“When the invitations were first issued, both Egypt and Guinea Bissau were suspended from the AU. Upon their readmission to the AU, we made the decision to invite them,” said Price.

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