Egypt to strengthen Afro-Arab ties

Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egyptian Prime Minsiter Essam Sharaf said Thursday that his country was keen on playing a pivotal role in strengthening African-Arab ties.

Dr. Sharaf, who is leading Egypt's delegation to the 17th African Union Summit in Equatorial Guinea, explained that Egypt would be boosting African-Arab ties through several economic and developmental investment schemes.

He pointed out that his recent visits to African countries and his meetings with several African leaders on the sidelines of the AU summit were held with the aim of achieving Egyptian and African interests.

In Malabo, Sharaf has met with the Presidents of Uganda, Tanzania and Botswana, as well as with the Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, and several other African leaders.

The meetings tackled means of boosting Egypt's bilateral ties with the other African countries, as well as means of enhancing regional cooperation.

The Egyptian Premier also said the discussions in Malabo proved, without doubt, that Africans were capable of solving the continent's problems and conflicts, highlighting that Africans also rejected interference in the continent's internal affairs.

The Egyptian PM handed to the African Summit Cairo's proposal regarding the establishment of an African reconstruction body to lead rebuilding efforts in post-conflict zones.

Sharaf is heading Egypt's delegation to Malabo on behalf of Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawy, because of recent flaring tensions on Egyptian streets, where activists are protesting the slow trial of top figures of the ousted regime of president Hosni Mubarak.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has been running the affairs of Egypt in the interim period, with a promise to lead the country to a democratically-elected civilian administration before the end of the year.
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01 july 2011 14:48:56

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