Egypt’s foreign ministry said on Friday that the allegation that an Egyptian official referred to African delegations as “dogs and slaves” during a conference in Nairobi was “pure fabrication.”
The ministry added in a statement that it conducted an investigation into the incident after reports emerged that Egypt’s Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy, who was heading the Egyptian delegation at the United Nations Environment Assembly in May, made racist comments against other African delegations during the conference’s closing session.
In a memorandum dated May 29, the chairman of the Africa Diplomatic Corps Technical Committee, Yvonne Khamati, said that Fahmy “referred to sub-Saharan Africa as dogs and slaves in Arabic.”
Fahmy is believed to have made the alleged remark in question after miscommunication over a resolution that was not adopted.
Khamati demanded that Egypt “unreservedly apologise to Africa of the utterances made,” and that Egypt not take part in any negotiations on behalf of Africa in the future. She also demanded that Fahmy resign from his post as the president of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN).
Egypt assigned the Egyptian ambassador in Nairobi to demand the dislodging of the Kenyan diplomat Khamati and to reject any attempts to close the case without taking action against her.
After reports of the comments allegedly made by Fahmy were circulated on social media, many Egyptian social media users shared their apologies for the comments and distanced themselves from them.
Source: Aswat Masriya