Sunday 17 December 2017

Sudan, Egypt bilateral talks continue in Khartoum after tension

Sudan, Egypt bilateral talks continue in Khartoum after tension
(AfricaNews 08/04/17)

Sudan and Egypt have reinstated their talks after a short-lived diplomatic row in May that resulted in the cancellation of a trip by the Sudanese foreign minister to Cairo.

The age-old tension was sparked following accusations by President Omar al-Bashir that Egypt is arming rebel groups to topple his government.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi also rejected the claim saying saying “Egypt does not conspire” against anyone.

On Wednesday, Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry visited Khartoum for the continuation of the bilateral talks with his Sudanese counterpart Ibrahim Ghandour which started four months ago.

The talks between the two countries aim to boost bilateral ties in the areas of politics and trade, among others.

The talks were agreed upon by the leaders of the two countries last year to quash the tensions.

The two countries have been at odds recently with Sudan accusing Egypt’s United Nations representative of supporting calls to extend international sanctions against them, which Cairo denied.

Egypt also criticized Sudan for backing Ethiopia in the construction of a dam on the Nile which Egypt fears will affect its water needs.

Ismail Akwei

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