Egypt, Sudan presidents agree to patch up differences

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hosted his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir for talks in Cairo on Monday, with the pair pledging to boost cooperation after tensions between their neighbouring countries.

Bashir’s visit comes two weeks after the reinstatement of Sudan’s ambassador to Cairo following his recall to Khartoum in January.

Ties deteriorated between Egypt and Sudan last year when Bashir accused Egypt’s intelligence services of supporting opposition forces fighting his troops in the country’s conflict zones like Darfur.

One bone of contention is Egypt’s administration of the Halayeb triangle, in a mineral-rich border area near the Red Sea, which Sudan claims as its own.

“We reiterate the eternal brotherly relations and common links that unite the two peoples of the Nile valley,” Sisi said in a televised news conference following a meeting with Bashir.

In turn, Bashir said as “Egypt is now going through an election period”, his delegation “timed our visit now to reiterate our support for Egypt’s stability and to support President Sisi.”

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