Mursi, First Egyptian President to Visit Ethiopia After 17yrs

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Mohammed Mursi

Egypt’ newly elected president Mohammed Mursi

Egypt’s new Muslim Brotherhood President, Mohammad Mursi will attend this weekend’s African Union (AU) Commission summit in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.

Mursi’s attendance at the AU summit will be the first by an Egyptian president since an assassination attempt on former President Hosni Mubarak in 1995.

Mubarak survived an assassination attempt in Addis Ababa when armed gunmen ambushed his motorcade, as he arrived for a summit of African leaders.

The former president’s car was peppered with gunshots, but he escaped unhurt.

The gunmen were said to Egyptian citizens who had earlier entered Ethiopia and rented a house for their mission.

Two of the gunmen were killed, while two police officers were injured and another died in an ensuing standoff following the botched assassination attempt.

The attack was blamed on Arab Muslim extremists, who wanted to turn Egypt into a religious state.

Since then, Egypt would send its foreign ministers to attend the summit.