Egypt says not invited to US African summit

Egypt says not invited to US African summit
Mon Mar 31, 2014 18:22:04

Egypt's Foreign Ministry spokesman says that Cairo was not invited to a summit of African leaders to be held in Washington this summer, a decision it describes as ``wrong and short-sighted.''

Relations between the United States and Egypt have soured lately. The United States announced in October it was cutting hundreds of millions of dollars in response to the military's ouster last summer of the nation's first freely elected president, which followed millions-strong demonstrations calling for his removal, and a subsequent crackdown on protesters.

Spokesman Badr Abdelatty made his remarks Wednesday.

The White House announced the Aug. 5-6 summit on Tuesday. The White House did not say which African leaders planned to attend. The U.S. Embassy in Cairo could not be reached for comment.

Political analysts however said the US is adopting double standards on Egypt to safeguard its interests and those of Israel in case the Cairo military government falls. 

They said that the US favors politics of dictatorship in Egypt, particularly its close relations with Israel but at the same time Washington is wary about the emergence of a more radical government in case the current military dictatorship goes down.

This is while newly revealed documents show senior Egyptian opposition leaders who called for the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, had the financial backing of the US.

Egypt's army-backed authorities have intensified a crackdown on supporters of ousted president, Mohammad Morsi.


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