Iran deputy-FM to attend Sisi’s inauguration

TEHRAN, June 8 (MNA) – Iran’s deputy foreign minister for Arab and African Affairs has left Tehran to Cairo to attend president Sisi’s inauguration ceremony.

Egypt already invited Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani to the inauguration ceremony of its newly elected President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Sisi, the former army chief who last year toppled Egypt’s first freely elected leader, Mohamed Mursi, won a landslide victory in last month’s election.

Egypt holds the presidential inauguration ceremony today, Sunday, with a good number of delegations going to Egypt.

One of the first delegations to arrive was that of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who arrived at Cairo International Airport accompanied by a high level delegation, Egypt News Daily reported.

The News Agency also named some other world officials attending the ceremony in Egypt. Iraqi Vice President Khodeir al-Khozaei arrived to take part in Al-Sisi’s inauguration on Saturday afternoon.

More delegations were set to arrive, including the US and those of several Persian Gulf states, including State Department Counselor Thomas Shannon, official from the Department of Treasury and David Thorne, senior advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry.

Top Persian Gulf officials scheduled to arrive on Sunday morning, include Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and deputy commander of the Emirati armed forces, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Oman’s Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said will be represented by an official delegation headed by the personal representative of the Sultan, Assad bin Tariq Al-Said.

Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom arrived on Saturday.  Other delegations from Africa include Mauritania’s Foreign Minister Ahmed Ould Teguedi who represents President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. Teguedi arrived in Egypt in the early hours of Saturday. Djibouti delegated Islamic and Cultural Affairs and Endowments Minister Adam Hassan Adam, who has already arrived in Egypt, to represent the country in the inauguration. Mohamed Al-Arabi Ould Khalifa, chairman of Algeria’s People’s National Assembly, the Lower House of Parliament, will also attend the inauguration.

As a special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Minister of Industry and Information Technology Miao Wei, arrived in Cairo on Saturday. French Ambassador to Egypt Nicolas Galey will be representing France in the ceremony.

Secretary General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Sindiso Ngwenya has arrived to partake in the inauguration, as officials from several other international bodies prepare to land in Cairo.

Abdelwahed Radi, president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, an international organisation of parliaments founded in 1889, was scheduled to arrive Saturday.  So are Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Iyad Madani and Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary General Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani, expected to arrive Saturday evening.

Iran decided to send the deputy foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, for a single-day trip to Egypt for the newly elected president i inauguration ceremony.

By Mehr News Agency

 

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