Egypt PM leaves for Guinea to discuss AU membership

Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab on Thursday left Cairo for Equatorial Guinea for a two-day visit.

Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab on Thursday left Cairo for Equatorial Guinea for a two-day visit.

CAIRO – Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab on Thursday left Cairo for Equatorial Guinea for a two-day visit.

During his stay, Mahlab will discuss the possibility of Egyptian assistance with several projects in Guinea in the fields of agriculture, housing, electricity and oil, Egyptian Cabinet spokesman Hossam al-Qawesh said.

Talks will also tackle the reactivation of Egypt's membership – currently suspended – in the African Union (A.U.), he added.

Equatorial Guinea is scheduled to host the 23rd A.U. Summit in June, during which participants will discuss Egypt's suspended membership in the pan-African body.

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.

Thursday's visit is Mahlab's second visit abroad since he assumed his post in March.

Last month, the Egyptian premier visited Chad and Tanzania.

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