Egypt sends envoys to have AU membership suspension revoked

The AU decision to revoke membership is an automatic measure taken by the body following any military interruption of constitutional rule in a member state.

Egypt sends envoys to have AU membership suspension revoked

World Bulletin/News Desk

Egypt has sent high-level envoys to African countries to explain the latest developments in the country and demand revoking a recent decision by the African Union to suspend the country’s membership after the army ousted elected President Mohammed Morsi.

"Six high-level envoys have been tasked to travel to African countries to communicate with heads of states and senior officials in the African Union and some of them have already arrived," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel-Aati told the Anadolu Agency.

"They would explain the Egyptian position, inform them of Egypt's objection to the suspension of its membership and demand a rethinking," he added.

The African Union has suspended Egypt’s membership following the army's removal of Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president, on July 3.

The AU decision is an automatic measure taken by the body following any military interruption of constitutional rule in a member state.

"This decision is totally unaccepted," said the Foreign Ministry spokesperson.

He denied reports that Egypt has refused to receive a delegation formed by the African Union to discuss Morsi's ouster.

A diplomatic source with the African body earlier told the AA that they proposed to send a delegation headed by former Malian President Alpha Oumar Konaré to hold talks with all sides concerned in Egypt, but the new administration refused to receive it.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson denied that.

"Egypt has no reservation about receiving foreign delegations as long as that happens within the framework of common respect and respecting the Egyptian sovereignty," he said.

"On the contrary, Egypt had proposed receiving an AU delegation before rushing to take the membership suspension decision but the African Union's Peace and Security Council insisted on taking this decision."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Temmuz 2013, 09:57
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