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Egypt's interim president Mansour to join Arab-African summit in Kuwait

The summit will discuss prospects of coordination in diverse issues such as trade, food security, water resources and energy

Ahram Online, Sunday 17 Nov 2013

Interim President Adly Mansour headed to Kuwait on Sunday as part of the top-level Egyptian delegation attending the two-day Arab African Summit scheduled for 19-20 November.

The Egyptian delegation includes Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Cooperation Ziad Bahaaeddin, Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy and Minister for Industry and Foreign Trade Mounir Fakhry Abdel-Nour.

The presidential spokesperson, Ambassador Ihab Badawi, stated that the summit's importance rests in the necessary "cooperation and integration" between Arab and African states to serve their interests, maintain their security and cope with "a world that recognises only large and powerful alliances."

The summit took root in the 1970s when the notion of benefiting from the cultural and historical ties linking both regions began to gain momentum, Badawi stated.

"An Egyptian initiative [brought about the first] March 1977 summit in Cairo, which saw the issuing of ambitious declarations and decisions for joint cooperation within an institutional order," he said.

The presidential official added that the second Arab-African summit in Libya's Sirte city in 2010 had adopted a "new strategy" for cooperation during the period from 2011 to 2016.

"Member-states agreed during the Sirte summit to meet regularly every three years; the strategy tackled issues of economic collaboration, investments, trade, energy, the environment, water resources, agriculture, food security and socio-cultural coordination," he concluded.

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