Egypt: Next African Summit to Consider Resumption of Egypt Activities Within AU - Mahlab

Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said Thursday that the next African summit in June will address the issue of the resumption of Egypt's activities within the African Union after their suspension a year ago.

Mahlab, who is currently on a visit to Equatorial Guinea, underscored painstaking efforts exerted by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry on that score, stressing the importance of Egypt's return to its African fold, given that it was one of the key founders of the Organization of African Unity, which has now become the African Union.

Asked by reporters about the strained relations between Egypt and Ethiopia which houses the AU headquarters, he said the relationship between both African nations is historical and deeply-rooted. "The ties between us are too strong to be affected by any passing differences and I am certain that tension between us will be over soon."

He expressed pleasure for visiting Equatorial Guinea, thanking the officials there for the warm welcome accorded to him and his accompanying delegation.

Egypt must return to its distinguished standing in Africa and the world and it is determined to do so and most particularly, to foster its cooperation with all countries in the continent in all fields and at all fronts, he said.

Equatorial Guinea's Vice President Ignacio Milam Tang welcomed Mahlab to his country and voiced hope that his visit would further broaden the scale of bilateral relations.

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