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Khartoum and Cairo agree to strengthen military ties, protect joint borders

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February 3, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohammed Hussein, and his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel-Fattah Al-Sissi, have agreed to strengthen military ties and enhance security cooperation across the borders besides exchanging expertise between the two armies.

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Sudanese defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohammed Hussein (L) meeting with Egyptian counterpart, Abdel-Fattah Al-Sissi (R) in Caio, February 5, 2014 (MENA)

Hussein, who arrived in Cairo on Tuesday, is the first senior Sudanese official to visit Cairo since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi last year.

The Sudanese defense minister renewed in press statements following his meeting with Sissi on Tuesday keenness of the two countries to develop relations, saying he sensed Sissi’s understanding and interest in the future of bilateral relations and implementation of joint projects.

The two ministers affirmed historical ties between the two peoples of the Nile valley.

Hussein congratulated Sissi, Egyptian people and government for the success of the referendum on the new constitution which represents the first step in Egypt’s future roadmap, stressing Sudan’s support for Egypt in order to fulfill demands of their people.

The two ministers also agreed to establish a joint force to secure borders between the two countries besides conducting joint training sessions, cooperating in the domain of armament, and exchanging military expertise.

Hussein added they also discussed regional issues relating to peace and security of the region besides bilateral ties.

“We would keep communicating with the Egyptian government and Sudan’s foreign minister, Ali Karti, will visit Cairo soon”, he said

Sissi, for his part, underscored historical ties between the two countries and peoples, hoping for more integration and cooperation in the coming period in order to meet aspirations of the two peoples.

Sudan’s ambassador to Cairo, Kamal Hassan Ali, pointed the two ministers agreed to move forward to activate bilateral ties and implement joint agreements.

He disclosed that Karti will visit Cairo next week to discuss several issues including political issues, joint committees, border crossings, and regional issues.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Badr Abdel-Aati, denied that relations between Khartoum and Cairo is facing a crisis, describing ties between the two countries as eternal and blood relation.

“Sudan is a brotherly Arab country and we are proud to cooperate with it. There are many interests that tie the two countries together and the best proof for the importance of Sudan to Egypt is that it was the first foreign country to be visited by Egypt’s foreign minister, Nabil Fahmy”, he added

He expressed hope that cooperation agreements between the two countries be implemented, pointing that no date has been determined yet for the visit of Sudan’s foreign minister to Cairo.

Sudan’s Islamist government has appeared uncomfortable with the developments in Egypt given the common ideology they shared with Morsi and the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) which brought him to power.

However, Khartoum insisted that it is neutral to the change in Egypt and that it is an internal matter.

Furthermore, Cairo was irked by Khartoum’s support of Ethiopia’s plan to build the Renaissance dam which Egypt argues will impact its Nile water share needed for its population of 90 million.

The issue of the disputed border region of Halayeb flared up with officials in Khartoum asserting that it is a Sudanese territory despite Egyptian "occupation" of it.

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  • 5 February 2014 10:54, by Jalaby

    I am not really surprised because Khartoum government wants to strengthen its relationship with the coup government in Cairo which slayed the democracy in Egypt right in the neck from far left to far right and Sisi’s hands are full of Egyptian bloods who killed them with cold blood because they rejected his coup over democracy!
    Well, both governments in Khartoum and

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    • 5 February 2014 11:01, by Jalaby

      Cairo came to power through tanks and killed the democratic process in both countries!
      I strongly believe that the ruling regime in Khartoum has no principle at all, they claim to be "Islamists" but they’re very far away from that, ironically, they offered a safe haven to Arab Islamists who were rejected by their regimes during the ninety but when America and the

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      • 5 February 2014 11:06, by Jalaby

        influences countries in the region tightened the rope against their neck they immediately sacrificed the Arab Islamists and instead of at least ask them to leave Sudan to any other country they handed them over to their dictator countries where they had been killed immediately and Libyans Islamists were good example for that, they handed them to Ghadfi who spared no

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        • 5 February 2014 11:20, by Jalaby

          time and killed them immediately
          They also offered America and Saudi handing over Bin Laden himself when he was in Sudan despite they offered him security and safety,they took his money and then decided to sell him to America in return of America keeps them in power and ends the war against them!
          Shame on you Khartoum government you’re really shameful to Sudanese!

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  • 5 February 2014 16:07, by thomas

    I trust the Egyptian government even less than the Sudanese government. Regardless, I’m sure Sudanese aren’t foolish enough to be romanced by the Egyptian sweet talk of "fellow Arab" friendship. Us South Sudanese on the other hand, I sometimes wonder...

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