Egypt’s el-Sissi Scraps Attendance at Summit in Mauritania

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, May 18, 2016. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was holding talks Wednesday with Egyptian officials on the country's political situation and to explore Egypt's ideas for supporting a new Israeli-Palestinian peace bid. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has canceled his visit to Mauritania to attend the Arab League summit there, sending instead his premier as the head of the delegation.

The presidential statement gave no reason for the cancellation, but the Egyptian press carried unconfirmed reports that there could be an attempt on el-Sissi’s life during the gathering in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott.

Egypt’s delegation at the summit, which starts on Monday, will be headed by Prime Minister Ismail Sherif.

Private-owned Al-Masry al-Youm daily reported that the president’s office received “credible information” about the plot and based on it, the president decided not to go.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu-Zeid declined to comment on the reports.

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