Egypt’s Participation in the 24th African Union Summit
Monday، 02 February 2015 - 12:00 AM
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The African Union holds its 24th Summit from 30 to 31 January, 2015. Attending will be 54 African Heads of State and Government. Egypt's delegation will be led by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, whose visit to Ethiopia is his first.
Meanwhile, the African Union will officially endorse Egypt's bid to become a non-permanent member at the UN Security Council for the period 2016 to 2017. This endorsement will be officially announced in the 24th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 30 January, 2015.
Egypt wishes to present itself as a candidate for the committee on International Law within the African Union
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry arrived in Addis Ababa to attend the Ministerial meetings of January 2015.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel-Aati said that Minister Shoukry will take part in the preparatory meetings for the summit where Egypt's stance on a number of important foreign and African issues will be discussed. Examples are the expansion of the African Security Council, the combating of the Ebola virus, alternative sources of funding for the AU, Climate change, water management and combating terrorism. He added that Egypt's active participation in these meetings comes at a time in which Egypt seeks to strengthen its ties with the African Union.
The spokesperson stated that the Minister will hold meetings with several African and Arab Foreign Ministers. Discussed will also be regional issues and cooperation between these nations in preparation for the summit. Minister Shoukry has met already with the Liberian Foreign Minister and has discussed way to enhance bilateral relations in various issues, as well as Egyptian, regional and international aid to help combat the spread of Ebola.