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Egypt denies one of its officials called Africans ‘dogs and slaves’

Last week, a Kenyan diplomat accused an unnamed Egyptian official of making the comments by during a United Nations Environment Assembly meeting

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Egypt’s foreign ministry has denied that one of its officials referred to Sub-Saharan Africans in a recent UN meeting as “dogs and slaves.”

Last week, a Kenyan diplomat accused an unnamed Egyptian official of making the comments by during a United Nations Environment Assembly meeting in Nairobi.

The diplomat, Yvonne Khamati, said in a memo that Egypt should be banned from representing Africa in any official capacity due to the remarks.

Khamati said that the Egyptian official had used the epithet during talks between Egypt and other African delegations over a failed UN resolution on the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

The unnamed Egyptian official “spoke to his delegation in Arabic in the presence of African delegates that speak [and] understand Arabic,” Khamati said on Twitter.

On Tuesday, Egypt's foreign ministry issued a statement quoted by local daily al-Ahram that it “denies completely that such statements came from Egyptian representatives during the African group meeting.”

“It is unacceptable to generalize and present weak accusations to the Egyptian state and the Egyptian people doubting their belonging to Africa,” the statement added.

The allegations from Khamati went viral on social media in Egypt earlier this week.