Egypt and Sudan affirm special and historic relations



Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Sudanese counterpart Asmaa Mohamed Abdalla at a joint press conference on Monday 9 September. Via YouTube

CAIRO – September 9, 2019: Sudanese Foreign Minister Asmaa Mohamed Abdalla affirmed the special and lasting relations between Sudan and Egypt, expressing appreciation for the visit of Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to Sudan.

During his visit to Sudan, Shoukry met his Sudanese counterpart Asmaa Mohamed Abdalla and Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdouk. Shoukry also held a joint press conference with his counterpart.

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According to a statement released on Monday by spokesman Ahmed Hafez, Shoukry underlined Egypt’s full support for the new Sudanese government.

During a meeting with Prime Minister Hamdouk in Khartoum, the two sides discussed different ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation and support Sudan in the transition phase, according to Hafez.

Shoukri congratulated the new Prime Minister on his post and on the announcement of the new Sudanese cabinet which reflects the country’s success in overcoming such a critical phase and entering a new stage full of prosperity and growth for the Sudanese people.

The two sides reviewed the activities of the joint technical committees, including the files of Nile water, river transport, foodstuffs and others, with the aim of strengthening cooperation and coordination in the face of common challenges.

Shoukri said Egypt would send relief supplies to areas affected by the floods, adding that the Sudanese official expressed appreciation for the distinguished relations between the two countries.

He also reviewed the priorities of the new government during the transition phase and stressed the need to strengthen regional and international relations at this stage, especially strategic relations with Egypt for the best interest of both peoples.
For its part, Sudanese FM Asmaa Abdalla told the meetings that relations between Egypt and Sudan are “historic because of religious and linguistic ties”.

Abdalla thanked the Egyptian people and government for supporting Sudan and its people in their choices and willingness to define their future and maintain ties between the peoples of the Nile.

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Shoukry stressed the need to strengthen political and institutional cooperation to help achieve stability, especially amid conflicts in Libya and the Horn of Africa, not to mention the spread of terrorism.

“We are acting, through advice, to provide all the political and economic support to the Sudanese government,” said the Egyptian foreign minister.

Shoukry also referred to bilateral cooperation with Sudan in many areas, referring to the electric link between the two Arab countries which is expected to come into effect in October.

Such cooperation, Shoukry noted, would surely help to maintain stability in Sudan.

Shoukry invited the Sudanese foreign minister to visit Egypt as soon as possible to continue their political negotiations.

On August 25, Sudanese Prime Minister Hamduk expressed his gratitude to all partners who have helped his country defuse its recent plight and reach a political agreement to form the institutions of the transitional regime.

Sudan’s partners include the African Union (AU), Ethiopia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, Chad, the European Union (EU), the United States and others neighboring countries to the south, as reported by El Masry El Youm.

On August 17, an agreement was signed by the Sudanese Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) alliance to pave the way for civilian rule. The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.


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