Egyptian ‘popular diplomacy’ delegation arrives in Ethiopia

April 29, 2011

The delegation is composed of 48 political and party leaders, including January 25 youth activists and potential presidential candidates Wafd Party President al-Sayyed al-Badawy, Karama Party President Hamdin Sabahi and Judge Hesham Al-Bastawissy, and media figure Buthayna Kamal.

The delegation also includes writer and Democratic Front Party Vice President Sikina Fouad, former MP Mohamed Abul Ghar, who is a member of the board of trustees of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, Wafd Party leader Alaa Abdul, founding Kefaya member George Ishaq, poet Sayyid Hegab and ambassador Abdul Raouf al-Ridy. A number of January 25 youth activists including Ziyad Al-Ilimy, Saly Toma, Amr Ezz, Bassem Kamel and Mohammad Arafat are also making the trip.

Ethiopian Ambassador to Egypt Mahmoud Dardir is accompanying the popular delegation. A large celebration featuring traditional Ethiopian folklore troops was organized in Addis Ababa airport to welcome the group.

Ethiopian Minister of Culture and Tourism Daoud Mohammad Ali, a number of Ethiopian government officials, Egyptian Ambassador to Ethiopia Tarek Ghoneim, Egyptian Consul Mohammad Abdul Rehim and members of the Egyptian diplomatic corps and expatriate community also greeted the group.

source: almasryalyoum.com