Introduction

Egyptian-African relations on the rise

Egypt's relations with other African states are on the rise. This is what Foreign Minister Nabil el-Araby meant by his statement on the Africa Day; the annual anniversary of establishing the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1963.

Africa represents to Egypt its strategic and security depth; it is the lifeline of Egypt; its history and cultural extension. Africa is the land of joint battles for realizing independence and freedom and for maintaining the dignity and sovereignty of the African citizen.

Despite the importance of the geographic and historical dimensions that govern the new Egyptian orientation towards Africa and especially the Nile Basin countries, Egypt has special relations with Sudan out of the strong ties that bond the two brotherly peoples. Recent meetings of the Egyptian-Sudanese higher committee yielded unprecedented results that will help foster joint cooperation.

There are several indicators that Egypt is seeking to improve its ties with other African states. Besides the popular delegations that visited Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya, Prime Minister Essam Sharaf also paid a visit to Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan to affirm maintaining Egypt's relations with Africa for achieving the high interests of all the countries of the African continent.

Moreover, Egypt was selected to deliver the opening statement, on behalf of 26 African countries, of the second three-way summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the East African Economic Community (EAC) and the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

Egypt once again is giving its relations with the other African nations a high priority; something that bolsters the African states and prevents international powers from exploiting their resources.








 
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