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January 3, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The Egyptian President, Mohamed Mursi reiterated his willingness to bridge the gaps between Sudan and South Sudan over post-secession issues and to end the current disputes between the two countries.

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Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi receives the Sudanese FM Ali Karti on 3 Jan 2013 (photo Egyptian presidency)

The Egyptian president made the remarks following a meeting between with Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti who handed him a message from president Omer Al-Bashir on bilateral relations and recent developments with South Sudan.

Yasir Ali, spokesperson of the Egyptian presidency, said that Mursi welcomed the signing of the Cooperation Agreement between the two countries and repeated Egypt’s readiness to play a role in the ongoing efforts to mediate the disputes or to narrow the gaps between the two countries.

Last December, in a meeting with the Sudanese presidential assistant Abdel-Rahman Sadiq Al-Mahdi, Mursi announced Egypt’s keenness to be involved in the ongoing African and international efforts to settle the post-secession issues between the two countries.

Egypt which usually gives a special attention to its relations with Sudan and South Sudan, has recently been paralysed by the recent political changes in the country after the fall of the regime of the former president Hosni Mubarak.

Sudan’s foreign minister, in a speech he made after inaugurating the new building of the Sudanese embassy in Cairo, said the two countries plan for more joint investment projects in the commercial and tourism sectors.

Karti stated that "despite the political upheavals in both countries, we are now opening a big door to develop bilateral relations aiming achieve (economic) integration and close cooperation".

The newly elected Islamist government in Egypt has made efforts to strengthen its relationships with its neighbours in the Nile Basin including Sudan and South Sudan.

Sudan and Egypt share many interests, but security and water are at the top of the list. Egypt has concerns about the South Sudan’s intention to join the Antibes Water agreement to distribute allocations of the water among the Nile Basin countries.

After South Sudan captured Sudanese hostages during a border conflict in April, Juba accepted Egyptian mediation in order to negotiate their release and has expressed interest in future collaboration with Egypt.

Ethiopia has been the main venue for negotiations following South Sudan’s independence in July 2011, with an African Union panel, led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki, the lead mediator. With elections this year in South Africa it remains to be seen if Mbeki will be able to commit as much of his time to the ongoing issues between Sudan and South Sudan in 2013, compared to the previous 12 months.

Meanwhile, Sudanese opponents in Cairo organised a sit-in outside the new embassy to protest against the ongoing conflicts in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

The protesters received the minister with anti-government slogans among the presence of a large deployment of Egyptian police and security agents.

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  • 4 January 2013 09:12, by zulu

    Morsi, in what capacity can you really do that fairly? You are a hyena in a goat skin. Thanx no thanx

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    • 4 January 2013 13:26, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Two Al Qaddar can solve south Sudan &sudan problem? Morsi is an Hyiene in a goat as Zulu put it,incase of the final failure in South Sudan and Sudan problem let us go back to war it better because the world will known who is strong and weak one.
      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 4 January 2013 16:50, by Baring

      Egypt has no values to mediate between his Arab brathers and African country because the end result is clear. Egypt is finished is having it own problems not to care about others we know that North Sudan are the slaves of Egypt they can accept what their master said all the time.

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  • 4 January 2013 09:13, by Deng II

    brush your teeth first Egypt , we don’t need your mediation.

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    • 4 January 2013 10:33, by EES Kingmaker

      Deng II,
      Egypt must set its house in order first before diving its nose in someone’s affairs. Mursi manipulated the elections and the just concluded referendum on the new constitution. What fresh mediation gains will he bring to both sides of parties in conflict? Egypt must keep its hands off mediation. AUHIP and Ethiopia have the capacity to end South Sudan-Sudan stand-off over contentous issues

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      • 4 January 2013 13:22, by Paul Ongee

        Regarding the investment projects in the tourism sector, how can Sudanese be allowed to tour Halayib Triangle freely without suspicion of planning to reclaim the territory? Remember, Egypt’s political landscape has yet to stabilize. I see it keeps hitting international headlines news. Khartoum will make money only when tourists are allowed to come and see its tail wagging.

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        • 4 January 2013 13:23, by Paul Ongee

          To let Khartoum forget about Halayib Triangle as it tails off now, continue to express willingness to resolve the issue of Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile since they don’t know the value of freedom, cultural diversity, equality and justice for all before they all end up in The Hague for charges of war crimes committed in those areas.

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        • 4 January 2013 14:25, by EES Kingmaker

          Paul Ongee,
          The Sudanese have given up the Alaib issue. It makes no claim of that territory. Sudan looks at Egypt as a model to Islam and civilization. Tourists will never come to Khartoum and other scenery in the country as Sudan remains classified as a pariah state. Europeans and Americans are not comfortable in their tourist destination when it comes to Sudan. RSS can do well in this sector.

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  • 4 January 2013 09:58, by Piny Amec Abethool-Jesus

    Hahaha...this is very laughable EGYPT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    We would prefer Talaban to be our mediator but not Morsi or EGYPT.
    Egypt has never wish peace or economic development for both South South and Sudan.
    A VERY BIG NO TO EGYPT MEDIATION.
    NO NO NO TO EGYPT MEDIATION
    EGYPT HAS BEEN GIVEN A LICENCE BY THE ARABS COUNTRIES TO MAKE PROFITS OUT OF PALESTINIAN AND ISRAELI CONFLICT.
    HA HA

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    • 4 January 2013 10:19, by EES Kingmaker

      Some days back Turkey expressed its interest to mediate in South Sudan-Sudan talks. Now it is Egypt showing to do the same. What is really the problem of these Arab countries? Were their not part of our stalemate as far as their historical roles are concerned? Both nations can be friends of South Sudan but they are not fit to mediate. What will they mediate? Confusion or what really?

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      • 4 January 2013 10:54, by Tutbol

        EES Kingmaker,
        The Europeans, the US corporations & their gulf arabs states want Chad, C.A.R, ethiopia & S Sudan, their resources’ suppliers of would be created NEW DUBAI & in the N Sudan & their port Sudan as their looting port, Egypt & ethiopia, the brown peoples will give services to the neo-colonalism & the dark africans savages will provide man power to their neo-colonalist empire. get it!

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        • 4 January 2013 11:15, by Tutbol

          Even some dark Africans who have crossed the open seas to Europe or arabiya would just be re-imported back to their mother Africa to build the Europeans, the US corporations & their gulf states financiers’ neo-colonalism empire. Don’t get me wrong guys, we need their money but not in their current plot, greed & forms. Anyway, they will be sent back with bloody noses as we know it.

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          • 4 January 2013 14:11, by EES Kingmaker

            Tutbol,
            It said "Europe civilizes Africa while Africa re-humanizes Europe." Do you see this equation of the ongoing interaction?

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          • 4 January 2013 14:38, by EES Kingmaker

            Tutbol,
            Skilled Africans come back from overseas to mother Africa as part of arranged brain gain after years of brain drain that caused African economic collapse. When we want to re-construct and re-vamp our economy in South Sudan we need every one to help us. Yet we must remain watchful ever, lest they are tempted to reverse our economic gains, even in a single tinkle.

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        • 4 January 2013 14:02, by EES Kingmaker

          Tutbol,
          When it comes to national interests, EU and US change their strategies to deal with every nation, even be in league with known devil. Neo-colonialist tentacles have gone everywhere on earth to see the West taps as much wealth as possible. I think you have problem. Why are you us calling dark African savages? We are not savages unless you are suffering from historic inferiority complex.

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