Egypt bids for AU Peace and Security Council membership
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CAIRO: Egypt will launch a bid for membership in the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council during the 26th AU summit scheduled to be held in Addis Ababa Jan. 30-31, Youm7 reported Wednesday.

The issue will be discussed during the meeting of the African foreign ministers Jan. 28, Ambassador Amgad Abdel Gaffar, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director of the African Organizations was quoted by Youm7.

The Peace and Security Council is the AU’s decision-making body and consists of 15 members.

“Egypt has officially submitted a request to join the Peace and Security Council of the African Union. The new 15 members of the council will be elected on the sidelines of the 28th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the AU in order for the new members to assume their missions in April 2016,” the foreign ministry stated in December.

Ten of the council’s members are to be elected for two-year term and five for three years, on a rotating basis.

Egypt was elected to council membership from 2006-2008 and 2012-2014, but its last term was not completed due to the suspension of its membership in the African Union in 2013 following the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi.

The AU summit will be held under the theme: “2016: African Year of Human Rights with a particular focus on the Rights of Women.”

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