IGAD summit to review three files
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 1/8/2002
The IGAD summit, to be held in Khartoum on January 10-11, will review three files, Egypt's Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs Ambassador Sami Yassa said late Monday.
In statements, Yassa, also member of the Egyptian delegation to the IGAD summit, added that the three files are Sudan, Somalia and international terrorism as being linked to the situation in the Horn of Africa.
Egypt has been pursuing efforts to bring closer the standpoints of the Egyptian-Libyan initiative and that of the IGAD, Yassa said.
As regards Somalia, discussions will centre on means to back current interim government and close ranks between the Somali factions, the diplomat said.
Egypt's efforts aiming at realising Somalia's territorial integrity were backed by the EU and the US, he added.
With respect to international terrorism, Mogadishu has been denying the presence of terrorists on their lands, Yassa said.
During the summit, they are expected to reaffirm readiness to cooperation with the current international anti-terror campaign, he added.
Foreign Minister Ahmad Maher is scheduled to leave for Khartoum Wednesday to lead the Egyptian delegation to the IGAD summit.
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