FILE – Egyptian ambassador to Ethiopia Osama Abdel Khaleq – Courtesy of Osama Abdel Khaleq
ADDIS ABABA, July 16 (MENA) - Egypt's main goal is protect the interests of African countries, Egypt's Ambassador in Addis Ababa Osama Abdel Khaleq said Tuesday.
The Egyptian state is also keen on promoting development in Africa and raising living standards for its citizens in cooperation with friendly African states, including Ethiopia, added Abdel Khaleq who is also Egypt's permanent representative to the African Union (AU).
Abdel Khaleq made remarks during a ceremony commemorating the the 67th anniversary of July 23 Revolution.
Highlighting the remarkable achievements of the revolution in Egypt's modern history, the ambassador said that it opened the door to African liberation movements.
Abdel Khaleq hailed the historical ties between Egypt and Ethiopia at all levels.
He also touched upon aspects of bilateral cooperation and mutual understanding, which has been clearly demonstrated by the bilateral meetings bringing President Abdel Fattah El Sisi together with Ethiopian Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed.
In addition, the ambassador shed light on the prominent achievements of the AU under Egypt's current chairmanship of the bloc, especially the official launch a landmark trade agreement at an AU summit in Niger on July 7.
Several senior officials form the Ethiopian government and the African Union Commission (AUC) attended the ceremony along with a host of diplomats, and representatives of regional and international organizations, Media Adviser at the Egyptian embassy in Addis Ababa Khalid Afifi said.