FM – President Sisi Not to Attend AU Summit Due to Internal Circumstances

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that President Abdul Fattah el Sisi is attaching a great importance to rapprochement with Africa through his participation in the past two African Union summits.

He said that the president will not attend the current African Summit in Johannesburg due to the current internal circumstances in Egypt which requires following up the economic developments and major national projects.

“The non-participation of President Sisi does not play down the importance of Egypt’s move towards Africa,” said Shoukry, noting that President Sisi assigned Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab to attend the summit on his behalf.

Regarding the topics on the agenda’s summit, Shoukry noted that the issue of terrorism will figure high on the summit’s agenda including the terrorist acts of Boko Haram group and other acts that took place in the past six months.

He added that Egypt will effectively participate in the summit, noting that the Egyptian premier will present a report on the latest developments regarding the climate change issue, as Egypt chairs the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change.

He further added that Egypt will have inputs on several issues under discussion including the AU summit organizational structure reform and UN Security Council reform.

Source : Egypt State Information Service