A.U. envoys did not ask to meet: Pro-Morsi bloc

CAIRO – A senior leader of the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy said a visiting African Union delegation had not requested a meeting with the members of the alliance, which supports ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

"The alliance has not been approached by the delegation for a meeting like they did in the last two times they came to Egypt," Amr Farouk told Anadolu Agency.

"We will consider any request from the delegation to meet but we will not request a meeting," he added.

An African Union delegation arrived in Cairo early Sunday on a four-day visit for talks with senior government officials.

The African Union High-Level Panel for Egypt delegation comprises panel chairman Alpha Oumar Konare, the former Malian president, Festus Gontebanye Mogae, former president of Botswana and Dileita Mohamed Dileita, the former premier of Djibouti.

The delegation is scheduled to hold talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi, Transitional Justice Minister Mohamed Amin al-Mahdi, Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb and Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II.

The delegation will also meet with members of the electoral commission, according to committee's chief Abdel-Aziz Salman.

The African Union suspended Egypt's membership two days after the army ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi last year, a measure taken automatically by the pan-African body in the event of unconstitutional change of government in a member state.

Egypt completed the first phase of an army-imposed transitional roadmap in January by holding a referendum on an amended version of its 2012 constitution.

Egyptians will elect a new president on May 26-27, the second milestone of the roadmap that should be completed with parliamentary polls later this year.

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