Egypt’s new foreign minister sworn in

Mohamed al-Orabi was sworn in on Sunday as Egypt’s new foreign minister, replacing Nabil al-Araby, who was recently named Arab League secretary general.

At his first official meeting as foreign minister, Orabi sat down with the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to discuss the situation in the region, as well as methods to boost Egypt’s foreign policy and recoup its international prestige.

Orabi's first official visit abroad as minister will take him to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea’s capital on Monday, where he will take part in the African Union Summit. Prime Minister Essam Sharaf will lead Egypt's delegation.

The minister expressed his happiness at visiting Africa in his new official role and said that African countries will be a focus of Egypt’s foreign policy. He also referred to the summit as an opportunity to exchange points of view with African ministers for the sake of boosting Egyptian-African relations.

Sharaf named Orabi last week as the acting minister of foreign affairs.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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