A.U. envoys to meet pro-Morsi bloc in Cairo
By Hussein Qabani, Tuesday, April 08, 2014
CAIRO – Members of a visiting African Union (A.U.) delegation have asked to meet representatives of Egypt's National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, the main support bloc for ousted president Mohamed Morsi, according to a leading alliance member.
"On Monday, A.U. envoys called [alliance leader] Mohamed Ali Beshr and requested a Wednesday meeting with members of the alliance," Omar Azzam told Anadolu Agency, adding that the pro-Morsi bloc had agreed to meet with the African delegation.
The three-member A.U. delegation, led by former Malian president Alpha Oumar Konare, arrived in Cairo two days ago for a four-day visit to meet with government officials.
The visit came at the invitation of Egypt's Foreign Ministry.
On Tuesday, delegation members met with interim Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi.
According to Azzam, there is no set agenda for the scheduled meeting between the A.U. envoys and members of the pro-Morsi alliance, which is slated to take place on Wednesday at an as-yet-unspecified venue in Cairo.
Azzam also said the Foreign Ministry had been informed of the meeting, which could be attended by a ministry representative.
Along with Konare, the A.U.'s High-Level Panel for Egypt delegation includes Festus Gontebanye Mogae, a former president of Botswana; and Dileita Mohamed Dileita, a former prime minister of Djibouti.
It will be the third such meeting between A.U. envoys and pro-Morsi alliance members in Cairo since Morsi's ouster by the army last July, according to Azzam.
The A.U. suspended Egypt's membership two days after Morsi's ouster in a measure taken automatically by the pan-African body in the event of unconstitutional changes of government in a member state.
In January, Egypt completed the first phase of an army-imposed transitional roadmap by holding a referendum on an amended version of its 2012 constitution.
Egyptians will elect a new president on May 26/27 in the second step of the roadmap, which will be completed later this year with the holding of parliamentary polls.
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