Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki will attend Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s inauguration as the new president of Egypt, a government official said.
The Egyptian authorities sent invitations to the leaders of some 22 countries to attend the ceremony, which will be held next Sunday after Al-Sisi takes the national oath, according to Egyptian media.
Among the invited countries that have agreed to attend are Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, Iran, the UAE, Palestine, Iran, Russia, the US, South Africa, Nigeria and a number of the Nile Basin countries, including Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan, and Ethiopia.
According to Egyptian sources, Qatar, Turkey, and Tunisia have been excluded from attending due to their opposition of the military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, while Israel has been excluded for other political reasons.
Al-Sisi won the presidency with nearly 97 percent of the vote, making him the fifth Egyptian president of military background since the 1952 coup against the monarchy.