World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt has been fully readmitted into the African Union (A.U.) and has formally resumed its activities in the continental body, an Egyptian diplomat has said.
Egyptian Ambassador to Ethiopia Mohamed Idriss, currently in Equatorial Guinea to participate in preparatory meetings for the A.U. Summit due later this month, told Anadolu Agency that his country's participation in the meetings affirmed its readmission into the pan-African body.
"Egypt is looking forward to a better future and cooperation with African nations through its return to the A.U.," Idriss told AA.
The diplomat also confirmed that Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt's new president, would deliver an address on Thursday at the summit's opening session.
Earlier in the day, Idriss addressed the opening session of the meeting of permanent delegates in Malabo.
It was Egypt's first participation in a high-level African event since the country's A.U. membership was suspended on July 5 of last year following the ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi by the army.
On Tuesday, the A.U. Peace and Security Council, the union's decision-making body, unanimously approved Egypt's return to the African fold after a one-year hiatus.
The A.U. decision came after Egypt completed a major phase of an army-imposed transitional roadmap late last month with the election of al-Sisi as president.Last Mod: 21 Haziran 2014, 10:04