23 May 2019 01:37 PM

Egypt elected president of COMESA Committee of Elders

Saturday، 23 February 2019 - 03:24 PM

Egypt has been unanimously elected as the president of the COMESA Committee of Elders, the body which is responsible for the political affairs at the organization.

Egyptian Ambassador Ashraf Rashed was elected during the committee's meetings held in Kampala on February 20-21.

The committee comprises Elders from nine member states including Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Seychelles, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Egypt.

Rashed was the former assistant foreign minister for African affairs in 2003-2004, and European affairs in 2004-2006.

He was also Egypt's ambassador in Rome and Dublin.

During its Eleventh Summit, the COMESA Authority made a decision to establish a Committee of Elders comprising nine members.

The main role of the Elders is to assist the Office of the Secretary General on preventive diplomatic missions. Eminent persons were nominated by respective Member States on the basis of their extensive knowledge on developmental, peace and security challenges that face the region.


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