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Incident involving alleged racial slurs against Sub-Saharans is over: Egypt foreign ministry

Ahram Online , Wednesday 8 Jun 2016
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Reuters)
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Reuters)
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The foreign ministry said on Wednesday that the incident involving allegations that an Egyptian diplomat called Sub-Saharan Africans "dogs" and "slaves" was over.

In a meeting with diplomatic correspondents in Cairo, the foreign ministry spokesman, Ahmed Abu Zeid, said that the Kenyan government assured Egypt of "its appreciation for its leading role in Africa".

The head of the Egyptian delegation was accused of making the comments last month at a United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) meeting in Kenya.

Abu Zeid added that the head of the African Diplomatic Corps Technical Committee Yvonne Khamati, who initially raised the accusation in late May, does not represent Kenya's official position towards Egypt.

Khamati had demanded that Egypt be banned from representing Africa in any official capacity.

The Egyptian foreign ministry demanded that Khamati resign from her position after conducting an investigation into the allegations, which the ministry said were proved to be false.

The Egyptian delegation at the UNEA meeting was headed by ambassador Hisham Shaeer, the assistant foreign minister for environment affairs and sustainable development.

Khamati is holding firm on her accusation and is refusing to resign.

"I am not resigning and we shall be in touch on that issue," Khamati said on her official Twitter account on Monday. 

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