Egypt bids for AU’s Peace and Security Council membership
African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa - AFP/Enny Vaughan
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CAIRO: Egypt is seeking the support of African states to secure a seat in the African Union’s (AU) Peace and Security Council ahead of election of the new members scheduled for January 2016, Youm7 reported.

During his meeting with ambassadors of African states Saturday, Assistant Foreign Minister on the African Civil Society Amgad Abdel Ghaffar said the “The bid comes within the efforts Egypt is currently making to continue the building of African peace and security. Acquiring that seat will add to Egypt’s status and impact regionally,” the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement.

The AU’s Peace and Security Council is made up of 15 members, Abdel Ghaffar said, adding that Egypt is bidding to win one of two seats allocated to North African states.

In October, Egypt has secured a non-permanent United Nations Security Council seat for the fifth time with 179 votes.

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