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African Union endorses Egypt's bid for Security Council: FM

Egypt's FM is currently in Addis Ababa ahead of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's visit to Ethiopia to attend the African Union Summit

Ahram Online , Tuesday 27 Jan 2015
An image of the 17th African Union Summit held last year in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (Photo: Embassy of Equatorial Guinea)
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The African Union will officially endorse Egypt's bid to become a non-permanent member at the UN Security Council for the period 2016 to 2017, Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry announced on Tuesday.

This endorsement will be officially announced in the 24th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Friday.

Shoukry revealed that Cairo's bid has been approved during the meeting of the African foreign ministers on Tuesday, meaning that Egypt is the official North-African candidate for the non-permanent seat. 

Egypt first expressed its wish for a non-permanent seat last September, during President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's speech in front of the UN General Assembly.  

Egypt's foreign minister is currently in Addis Ababa ahead of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's visit to Ethiopia to attend the summit, MENA reported. The minister met his Ethiopian counterpart on Tuesday to discuss possible talking points for the meeting between the Egyptian president and Ethiopia's premier Hailemariam Desalegn. 

The visit to Ethiopia comes at a time when the two countries are trying to patch up their relationship after a few years of tensions over the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam.

The 6,000 megawatt dam is currently under construction on the Blue Nile, the Nile's most significant tributary. It is set to be Africa's largest, and is expected to be completed in 2017.

Egypt, a downstream country, fears that the dam will affect its water share from the Nile.

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have set up a tripartite committee to solve the dispute over the dam. As recently as mid-January, Egypt called for reducing the dam's storage capacity, currently set at 74 billion cubic meters.

Diplomatic visits back and forth have been ongoing between the two countries, including visits to Egypt by Ethiopian parliamentarians and Ethiopia's Orthodox Coptic patriarch.

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28-01-2015 01:26am
We need to earn it
On paper our Resume is good enough for the job: leading African nation, moderate Arab society, 90 m people, history, culture, peace with Israel for 30 years, centrist politics, harmony with the US and Russia, and the list goes on. This was a great resume for the 90’s, the world moved on and now demands more in 2016; such as religious freedom, equality for women, freedom of expression (not freedom of hate speech), political reform, and economic development. No one expects us to accomplish all that in one or two years; we need to sow the seeds now, and convince the world that we are heading in the right direction. President El-Sisi is architecting the right course, what is still missing are the builders and the contractors.
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