25 April 2013

Egypt: Mursi, Zuma Review Preparations for AU Summits

President Mohamed Morsi held talks Wednesday 24/4/2013 with Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the visiting Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, on preparations for the AU's extraordinary summit to be held on May 25 to mark the 50th anniversary of establishing the Pan-African organization.

The talks also tackled arrangements for the AU's ordinary summit on May 26-27.

The summits will focus on means of resolving African problems.

During the meeting, Morsi said Africa comes at the top of Egypt's foreign policy agenda, adding that Egypt is committed to supporting development in Africa.

The two sides highlighted the importance of putting into effect the agreements reached during a recent meeting of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and BRICS - which groups Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - that was attended by Morsi.

Zuma told Morsi that she is holding contacts with BRICS member states in this regard and will post him on the outcome of these contacts in May.

Zuma lauded Egypt's active role in maintaining peace and security in Africa, noting that the AU commission is keen on coordinating efforts with Egypt concerning the commission's priorities and strategic action plan.

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