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Egypt dispatches envoys to Africa to defend the coup

Egyptian ambassador and former deputy foreign minister Nehad Abdul-Latif has travelled to Togo as a presidential envoy at the start of an African tour to explain the views of the interim government concerning the military coup. The African Union suspended Egypt's membership in the wake of the coup and called for a return to the democratic process.


Diplomatic sources in Cairo said that the tour is part of the foreign ministry efforts to tackle the AU suspension. "The envoy's task is to explain," said the sources, "the actual developments of June 30 in Egypt." He will visit several African countries including Senegal, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau.

This is the second such tour. In the past few days, Ambassador Raof Sad headed to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Malawi.

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