Friday, April 29, 2011

“popular diplomacy” delegation arrived in Addis Ababa

An Egyptian “popular diplomacy” delegation arrived in Addis Ababa on Friday morning for a four day visit, during which it will meet with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, President Girma Wolde-Giorgis and other top officials.The delegation is composed of 48 political and party leaders, including January 25 youth activists and potential presidential candidates Wafd Party President al-Sayyed al-Badawy, Karama Party President Hamdin Sabahi and Judge Hesham Al-Bastawissy, and media figure Buthayna Kamal.The delegation also includes writer and Democratic Front Party Vice President Sikina Fouad, former MP Mohamed Abul Ghar, who is a member of the board of trustees of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, Wafd Party leader Alaa Abdul, founding Kefaya member George Ishaq, poet Sayyid Hegab and ambassador Abdul Raouf al-Ridy. A number of January 25 youth activists including Ziyad Al-Ilimy, Saly Toma, Amr Ezz, Bassem Kamel and Mohammad Arafat are also making the trip. Ethiopian Ambassador to Egypt Mahmoud Dardir is accompanying the popular delegation. A large celebration featuring traditional Ethiopian folklore troops was organized in Addis Ababa airport to welcome the group.Ethiopian Minister of Culture and Tourism Daoud Mohammad Ali, a number of Ethiopian government officials, Egyptian Ambassador to Ethiopia Tarek Ghoneim, Egyptian Consul Mohammad Abdul Rehim and members of the Egyptian diplomatic corps and expatriate community also greeted the group. Source (ALMASRYALYOUM)

On a different note the delegation mentioned that Former Egypt president Mubarak has literally separated Egypt from the rest of Africa. “Historically and geographically we belong to Africa but, the previous regime detached Egyptian People from their African brothers and inclined to Europe and western countries; “it is now changed “said one of the delegates. The other delegate even went further and said, she doesn’t believe the 1929 Nile treaty as the treaty was signed by British not by Egypt . Click here to watch the visit of the delegation.

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