World Bulletin/News Desk
Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said on Saturday that he felt a "certain desire" on the part of African officials for resuming Egypt's membership in the African Union (A.U.).
"I felt a certain desire on the part of all officials I met in Chad, Tanzania and Equatorial Guinea for Egypt to retain its seat in the A.U.," Mahlab was quoted by the official MENA news agency as saying ahead of concluding his visit to Equatorial Guinea.
He described Egypt's role in the African continent as both "important" and "vital" at all levels.
He said African leaders he met during his recent his visits described as a "great loss" Egypt's absence from the pan-African organization.
Mahlab concluded a three-day visit to Equatorial Guinea on Saturday.
Egypt's A.U. membership was frozen two days after the army unseated elected president Mohamed Morsi last July. The measure is taken by the A.U. automatically in the event of an unconstitutional change of government in a member state.
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