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The Ugandan government is critical of the Egyptian army's ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi, but still believes that the interim administration should be given a chance to restore democracy.
"Uganda is against the unconstitutional change of government, but we also believe that the interim Egyptian government should not be isolated by world leaders," Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo told Anadolu Agency in a phone interview on Sunday.
"It [interim government] should instead be given a chance to restore democracy and the rule of law," he added.
The African Union Peace and Security Council had suspended Egypt's membership in the pan-African body following the army's July 3 ouster of Morsi's the country's first freely-elected president.
During a visit to Egypt in September, a high-level AU delegation led by former Malian president Alpha Oumar Konare called on Egyptian political forces – including the embattled Muslim Brotherhood – to join the army-imposed transitional roadmap.
Opondo said a top Egyptian diplomat had recently approached Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to lobby world leaders into giving Egypt's interim authorities a chance to restore democracy.
"Egyptian leaders approached president Museveni to lobby world leaders on their behalf because he is one of Africa’s respected and senior statesmen."
Egypt's powerful military ousted Morsi on July 3 following mass protests against his rule.
The country has since been in the grip of a lingering political crisis with Morsi's supporters staging almost daily rallies protesting what they describe as a military coup against an elected president.
The Ugandan government spokesman confirmed that a high-profile Egyptian delegation led by Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi is currently in Kampala for talks with Ugandan officials.
"The Egyptian ministers of agriculture, trade and foreign affairs are here to discuss bilateral and economic cooperation," he told AA.
Opondo said the Egyptian delegation will meet with Ugandan ministers on Monday, with economic cooperation expected to be high on the agenda.
"Egypt has invested in beef processing factories in Uganda and several other agricultural investments. So matters of economic cooperation will be a major issue on the agenda," he explained.
When asked if there would be any discussions regarding the Nile waters, Opondo said the issue is not on the agenda.
The Egyptian delegation is on a multi-leg African tour that will also include the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi.Last Mod: 20 Ekim 2013, 23:39