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Egypt troubled over exclusion from American-African summit

Egypt will not receive invitation for American-African summit as African Union membership remain suspended

Ahram Online, Wednesday 22 Jan 2014
Badr Abdel-Ati
Badr Abdel-Ati, a ministerial spokesman (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egypt's foreign ministry criticised a decision by the US administration to exclude Egypt from attending the African-American summit on trade ties with the US, as well as development and security in Africa.

"This decision is wrong and short-sighted," said Badr Abdel-Ati, a ministerial spokesman, in a statement on Wednesday.

According to AFP, US President Barack Obama will send invitations to all African nations that are currently in good standing with the United States and are not suspended from the African Union (AU).

As a result, Egypt, whose membershiin the AU is currently suspended, will not receive an invitation to the summit scheduled for 5- 6 August.

Abdel-Ati stressed that the summit is not taking place within the framework of the AU, pointing out that Egypt has recently participated in similar meetings in other foreign capitals.

Egypt was suspended from the AU following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July by the military amid mass protests against his one-year rule.

The AU's decision is considered a standard response to any interruption of constitutional rule by a member state.

Since the ouster of Morsi, the US has frequently expressed concerns about the implementation of democracy and human rights by the interim government.

In October, Washington announced it would withhold deliveries of tanks, fighter aircrafts, helicopters and missiles as well as $260 million in cash aid to the interim-government, pending progress in the areas of democracy and human rights. The decision came after interim-authorities launched a crackdown on Islamists, leaving hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members, leaders and sympathisers behind bars.

Washington has said, however, it would continue to support efforts to counter terrorism, weapons proliferation and provide security in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula.

Last week, several media reports suggested that the halted aid would be restored after the newly-amended Egyptians constitution is ratified as the US government has called Egypt to follow its self-declared transitional roadmap.

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Omar, Tanta
22-01-2014 06:58pm
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We are part of African etheric group. We need to change our image as a silly white man smiling. We need to advise our Ethiopian brothers about the pitfall and loss of money on the proposed, failed project. It will be filled by silt in few years.
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Waliya Antelopes
23-01-2014 12:51pm
wake up
Hey bro you just wake up and understand you are in africa, lol shame on you
23-01-2014 08:19am
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Dear Egypt brothers we are now 21 century .we knows what we do.we do not old fashion adviser .
23-01-2014 08:05am
What does the news have to do with Ethiopia?
Brother Omar! You seem to be obliged to say anything about Ethiopia, heh? The news is entirely about Egypt and no body said you are not on the African continent. So, I found your comment meaningless and out of place. About the project, I assure you that Ethiopia does not need your advice, and time will tell that you that you were absolutely wrong!
22-01-2014 10:00pm
Ethio dam
well come to Africa.

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