Washington - 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 US 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 spokesperson.
"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."