Egypt parl’t speaker, South African president discuss issues of mutual interest  
parliament speaker Ali Abdel Aal - YOUM7
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CAIRO: Egypt’s speaker of parliament Ali Abdel Aal is set to hold talks with South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday to discuss bilateral regional and international issues of mutual interest, Youm7 reported.

The meeting comes on the sidelines of Egypt’s participation in the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) second ordinary session which runs from May 3-13. The participation marks the resumption of Egypt’s activities in the PAP after a three-year lapse.

Egypt was suspended from participating in African Union meetings after former President Mohamed Morsi was ousted in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule.

Abdel Aal, who heads an Egyptian parliamentary delegation of four MPs, delivered a speech during the inaugural meeting of the PAP’s ordinary session. On Wednesday, Abdel Aal met with Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa Baleka Mbete and discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation and exchange expertise.

The PAP, a legislative organ of the African Union, held its inaugural session in March 2004. It aims to ensure the full participation of African peoples in the development and economic integration of the continent, according to APA webpage.

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