FILE – Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ali Abdel Aal FILE – Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ali Abdel Aal

House speaker: Egypt persists in leading development diplomacy in Africa

Mon, Aug. 5, 2019
CAIRO, Aug 5 (MENA) - House of Representatives Speaker Ali Abel Aal on Monday asserted that Egypt was resolved on deepening its political, economic, social and cultural partnership with African countries.

Abdel Aal's remarks were read out on his behalf by Head of the House's African Affairs Committee Tarek Radwan during the opening session of meetings of the Pan-African Parliament's Committee on Cooperation, International Relations and Conflict Resolution, which kicked off earlier in the day and are to run for four days.

The Egyptian speaker noted that Egypt insists on spearheading Africa's "development diplomacy" in the same way it led national liberation movements across the continent during the 1950s of the past century.

He noted that Egypt has many geographical and historical affiliations in Africa, a matter which pushes it for buttressing its cooperation with its fellow African states in the face of regional and international challenges.

The speaker made it clear that one of the top priorities of Egypt during its current presidency of the African Union is to achieve economic and social development for the African peoples based on a strategy to overhaul the agricultural and manufacturing systems in the continent with a special emphasis on the pivotal role played by youths and women to realize the goals of Agenda 2063 which is the blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse of the future.

Such goals could also be realized through encouraging the private sectors and civil society so as to increase their contribution to the development programs and projects in Africa along with enhancing cooperation with international partners based on the principles of mutual respect and realizing of common interests, with an emphasis on not interfering in the internal affairs of any country, he added.
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