Egyptian Diplomat Says Africans Are “Dogs And Slaves”

Egyptian Diplomat Says Africans Are "Dogs And Slaves"
A roundtable discussion at the second U.N. Environment Assembly in Nairobi on May 25.

AFRICANGLOBE – Egypt has been asked to apologise to other African countries for calling them “dogs and slaves” during the recent United Nations Environment Assembly meeting in Nairobi.

Yvonne Khamati, chairman Africa Diplomatic Corps Technical Committee, condemned the utterances made by the country’s head of delegation Mohamed Hesham Shoeir at at the summit which ended on May 27.

The committee said the verbal attacks by current President of African Ministerial Conference on the Environment impedes gains made in promoting the continent’s unity.

“We feel that these uncivilized, racist, discriminatory and vindictive utterances do not advance the vision of the 2063 African Agenda and the Pan-Africanism that was advocated by the founding fathers of the African Union,” said Khamati in a press statement.

She said the committee resolved that the Egyptian delegation be barred from negotiating or undertaking any leadership position on behalf of Africa further asking the said official to resign as President of AMCEN “with immediate effect.”

“This issue should be raised to the Permanent Representative Committee in Addis Ababa, New York, Vienna, Geneva and subsequently to the Heads of State summit to be held in Kigali, Rwanda in July 2016,” she said.

Khamati added that the utterances undermines UNEP, hosted in Africa, and shows lack of loyalty to the continent.

The Egyptian head delegation made the utterances following divisions among member states on adopting the Gaza resolutions caused by lack of quorum because most delegates had left.

The President of AMCEN dismissed other delegates’ concerns when approached on grounds his country (Egypt) “would speak their sovereign capacity.”

The utterances became public when a memo by the chair of the African Diplomatic Corps, Yvonne Khamati, addressed to the dean of the corps was leaked to the Kenyan media.

In the May 29 memo, Khamati condemned the behavior of the head of the Egyptian delegation, Mohamed Hesham Shoeir, as “undiplomatic, irresponsible, uncivilized and insulting.”

Khamati overheard the remark at the end of a heated debate about resolutions affecting the Gaza Strip — which the Egyptian delegation did not want to adopt and was pressuring other North African nations to reject.

Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement, not apologizing, but condemning Khamati’s memo, saying that it rejected “any doubts on its belonging to Africa and its perpetual defence of the continent’s interests” and that Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry had launched an investigation into the incident.

Meanwhile, on Egyptian Twitter, where Khamati’s memo went viral, ordinary Egyptians were quick to apologize, many tweeting her directly. On Kenyan Twitter, the hashtag #YvonneKhamati was the top trending subject, with many remarking that the incident is emblematic of the Arab invader’s hatred for Africans.


By: Samuel Kisika

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