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U.S. offers Egypt late invite to Africa summit

The invitation comes after a year of absence cause by the military coup against Mohammad Mursi

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The United States has invited Egypt to an African leaders summit in Washington next month, after initially barring Cairo following the military’s coup against the former Muslim Brotherhood-led government.

A U.S. official said the late invitation had been offered as Egypt had recently been allowed back into the African Union after a year’s absence.

“President Obama invited all African heads of state or government in good standing with the United States and the African Union to attend the US-Africa Leaders Summit,” said Ned Price, a National Security Council spokesman.

“When the invitations were first issued, Egypt was suspended from the AU.

“Upon Egypt’s readmission to the AU, we made the decision to invite them.”