Home | News    Saturday 28 June 2014

Egyptian president concludes lightning visit to Sudan

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

June 27, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi has departed Khartoum on Friday following a short visit to meet with his Sudanese counterpart Omer Hassan Al-Bashir.

JPEG - 14.3 kb
Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir (L) farewells Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) as he departs Khartoum on 27 June 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Al-Sisi flew to Khartoum from Equatorial Guinea’s capital Malabo where attended the 23rd Ordinary African Union (AU) summit, Egypt’s first after the suspension of its membership in the AU was lifted last week.

Sudan’s official News Agency (SUNA) reported that the Egyptian president was “on a short visit to hold talks with president Al-Bashir”.

Sudanese diplomatic sources said the meeting discussed bilateral relations particularly the issue of the Ethiopian renaissance dam which led to deterioration in relations between Cairo and Khartoum.

The Sudanese president, in a joint press conference at Khartoum airport following the talks, expressed appreciation for al-Sisi’s visit, saying the latter insisted on visiting Khartoum despite his busy schedule.

He pointed that they discussed many bilateral and regional issues, saying the two peoples would benefit from these discussions.

“This visit will push Cairo-Khartoum relations forward along the right direction,” Bashir said.

The Sudanese president added that ties between the two countries are deeply rooted not only by virtue of geographical proximity but also for the historical, cultural, religious and ethnic ties.

Bashir also pointed to convergence of views on containing conflicts in the region and promoting regional relationships to the benefit of the peoples of the region.

Al-Sisi for his part underscored there are many issues that the two sides can work on, pointing to the need for coordinating positions on regional issues.

“We agreed to coordinate our positions on regional issues and we are looking forward to president Bashir’s visit to Egypt”, he added.

The Sudanese ambassador to Egypt, Abdul-Mahmoud Abdul-Halim was quoted by SUNA as saying that the neighboring countries are on the verge of new phase in their relations, noting the existence of political will by the two sides to bolster them.

He further said that al-Sisi emphasized the importance of reactivating bilateral relations and mechanisms of joint cooperation.

Relations between Cairo and Khartoum have taken a downward spiral, particularly after Sudan announced its strong support of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Al-Sisi met on Thursday with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on the sidelines of the AU summit in Malabo.

The two countries’ foreign ministers issued a joint statement afterwards saying that they will form a joint committee in the upcoming three months to enhance bilateral relations.

They also agreed to resume work of the tripartite technical committee on the dam project.

In June 2012, a panel of international experts tasked with studying the impacts of the Ethiopian dam on lower riparian countries, including Sudan and Egypt, found that the dam project will not cause significant harm to either country.

Cairo remains unconvinced and has sought further studies and consultation with Khartoum and Addis Ababa.

Egypt fears that the $4.6 billion hydropower plant will diminish its share of the river’s water flows, arguing its historic water rights must be maintained in line with the 1929 and 1959 colonial agreements.

Sudanese officials accuse Egyptian media of seeking to provoke their government against Khartoum in light of this position.

Many Egyptian politicians and observers have expressed fury over Sudan’s stance with some going as far as calling Khartoum an "ingrate" and "treacherous".

Some commentators have speculated that Khartoum wants to use the dam issue as a bargaining chip to claim back Halayeb which has been under Egyptian control since the 1990s.

The genesis of the disputes over Halayeb dates back to as early as 1958 after Sudan gained independence from being ruled jointly by Britain and Egypt. The wrangle is a result of a discrepancy in the demarcation of political boundaries set by the Anglo-Egyptian Condominium and the ones set earlier by the British in 1902.

Egypt brushed aside Sudan’s repeated calls for referring the dispute to international arbitration.

Khartoum is also accused by Egyptian media of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood movement which has been pushed off Egypt’s political scene after the toppling of president Mohamed Morsi last year by then army chief al-Sisi in response to mass anti-Morsi demonstrations in the country.

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

Unlike most Arab leaders, the Sudanese president did not congratulate interim Egyptian president Adli Mansour on his new role.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Riek Machar treacherous journey 2014-08-21 04:41:42 From plotting a failed coup to ending in foreign land By Steve Paterno August 20, 2014 - After failing to ascend to the helm of power through party structures, the overly ambitious Riek (...)

Sixty years of the Sudanese Armed Forces went unheeded 2014-08-20 06:01:50 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman August 19, 2014 - This article comes against the backdrop of the Sudanese armed Forces (SAF) celebration on Thursday 14th August 2014, for its Sixtieth Anniversary. (...)

Freedom of Expression in South Sudan: does it exists? 2014-08-18 22:02:01 By Joseph Stewart Sr. “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a (...)


MORE








Latest Press Releases


Friends and Diaspora of South Sudan urge leaders to choose peace 2014-08-19 20:29:59 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Esther Sprague, Founder & Director, Sudan Unlimited 415.713.2495, esprague11@yahoo.com FRIENDS AND DIASPORA OF SOUTH SUDAN URGE LEADERS TO CHOOSE PEACE UNSC (...)

Local group calls to investigate assassination attempt on civil society activist 2014-08-03 08:29:24 The South Sudan Human Rights Society For Advocacy (SSHURSA) PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release, 2 August 2014 SSHURSA condemns attempted assassination on the life of the Alliance’s leader Deng (...)

Memory, healing and transformation in South Sudan 2014-07-23 05:55:08 Memory, Healing and Transformation in South Sudan A Working Paper by David K. Deng July 2014 Contents Introduction 1 What is memorialization? 2 Timing 2 Risks 3 Principles 3 Integrity 3 (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2014 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.