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The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said that African Union officials had "showed understanding" regarding ongoing developments in Egypt and reiterated their solidarity with the Egyptian people.
In a Thursday statement, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said that Ambassador Mona Omar, an envoy of interim President Adly Mansour, had met with a number of senior officials at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa.
She explained the developments in Egypt since the June 30 mass demonstrations that led to the ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi, stressing Egypt's rejection of an AU decision to suspend its membership in the pan-African body.
The statement said that AU officials had shown an understanding of current events in Egypt and had expressed solidarity with the Egyptian people at this critical stage.
AU officials have also welcomed Egypt's decision to receive a high-level delegation from the AU Commission tasked with looking into the current situation in Egypt.
The powerful army ousted elected President Mohamed Morsi on July 3 after mass protests against his regime.
It subsequently suspended the constitution and installed Mansour, the head of Egypt's constitutional court, as interim president.
Since then, thousands of Morsi loyalists have been staging daily demonstrations and sit-ins to defend his democratic legitimacy and demand his reinstatement.
According to the Foreign Ministry statement, Omar met Wednesday with Ethiopian Premier Hailemariam Desalegn, whose country currently holds the AU's rotating presidency, to convey a message from interim President Mansour.
She explained the latest developments in Egypt, stressing Egypt's rejection of the African Peace and Security Council's decision to suspend Egypt's membership – a move she described as "hasty."
The Ethiopian premier expressed appreciation for the wisdom of the Egyptian people, saying that he understood that recent changes in the country were in line with the popular will.
According to the statement, Desalegn lauded the army-imposed roadmap for Egypt's interim phase, stressing his agreement with Egypt's vision regarding the importance of reconsidering the AU decision.
The Egyptian envoy also met AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma; the Cameroonian ambassador, whose country currently holds the presidency of the AU Peace and Security Council; and the Congolese ambassador, whose country will chair the council next.
The Egyptian envoy also met with AU Commissioner for Peace and Security Ramadan Lamamra and Commissioner for AU Political Affairs Aisha Abdullah.
Meanwhile, presidential envoy Ambassador Ibrahim Ali Hasan on Wednesday briefed South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on developments in Egypt.
The Foreign Ministry statement said the envoy had reiterated the interim government's keenness to see all parties participate in the political process without exception.
The statement quoted Nkoana-Mashabane as reiterating support for the Egyptian people and appreciation for Egypt's support for the South African people during the apartheid era.
The South African minister went on to express hope that the transitional period in Egypt would succeed and that the constitution-drafting process would include all political parties.Last Mod: 26 Temmuz 2013, 10:11