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How Egypt plans to 'return to Africa'

Egypt is hoping to re-establish ties with other African countries and remain active in the Horn of Africa, as it is a strategic border area.
Ibrahim Mahlab (C), presidential adviser for national projects, attends the Africa 2016 forum on February 20, 2016, in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
More than 1,200 delegates including some heads of state will negotiate business agreements for the next two days at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, to attract private sector investments in Africa. / AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED        (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

CAIRO — Representatives from Egypt, other African nations and Japan met in Nairobi, Kenya, Aug. 27 for the launch of the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Summit. According to TICAD’s official website, the conference aims to highlight the importance and urgency of development issues in the African continent, as well as to “promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners.”

At the conference, Egypt, represented by a delegation headed by former Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb, signed a number of deals with Japan and other African nations aimed at promoting African development.

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