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Egyptian president to meet with VP Taha during his visit to Cairo


February 3, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak will hold talks with Sudanese 2nd Vice president Ali Osman Mohamed Taha during his visit to Cairo that starts this weekend, Sudan official news agency (SUNA) reported today.

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Sudanese 2nd Vice president Ali Osman Mohamed Taha

SUNA reported that Taha will also hold talks with Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazeef to discuss bilateral ties and latest regional and international developments as well as meeting with Sudanese expatriates living in Egypt.

The Sudanese VP will be accompanied Minister of International Cooperation, Al-Tigani Fideil, the Minister of Information and Communication, Al-Zahawi Ibrahim Malik, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Mohamed Yusuf Abdallah, the governor)of Khartoum State, Abdul-Rahman Al-Khidir, the State Minister at the Council of Ministers, Kamal Abdel-Latif, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ali Karti, the Director of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), Mohamed Atta, Chairman of the Sudanese Businessmen Union, Saud Al-Berair, and Chairman of the Trade Chamber, Yusuf Ahmed Yusuf.

This will be the first meeting of its kind in almost two years between Mubarak and the man widely believed to have been one of the main masterminds behind his assassination attempt in Ethiopia back in 1995. The Egyptian president narrowly escaped and flew back to Cairo accusing Khartoum of supporting and harboring the assassins.

Cairo enjoys far less warm relations with Taha as compared to president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir because of that. In one incident Mubarak refused to meet with Taha when he was in Egypt and instead met the next day with a special envoy to Bashir who was the then minister of information Mahdi Ibrahim.

Makram Mohamed Ahmed, a prominent Egyptian journalist with close links to presidency, revealed at the time that Mubarak did not want to receive someone “who conspired to kill him”.

It is not clear what the primary motive behind the visit. Egypt is closely monitoring the development in the South months away from voting in a referendum which will determine their fate either as part of united Sudan or a separate state.

Taha is the official in the ruling National Congress Party responsible for relations with Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) which rules the semi-autonomous region.

Cairo is increasingly worried over the growing probability of South Sudan opting for independence in the 2011 referendum warning that this will further deepen poverty and ethnic violence in the new state.

South Sudan president Salva Kiir paid a visit to Cairo last year where officials there expressed hope that his citizens to vote for unity.

But Kiir told reporters after his meeting with Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak that Southern Sudanese will likely vote for independence because unity has become “unattractive”.

Sources at the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) told Sudan Tribune at the time that Kiir cut short his visit to Egypt “after feeling uncomfortable with the level of pressure exerted by Egyptian officials on the issue of preserving Sudan’s unity”.

Egypt is likely concerned over the its share in the Nile water if the South chooses to secede even though legal experts say that the water agreements are still binding to the new state.

The Egyptian government has stepped up its presence in South Sudan inaugurating projects in the health and education sector saying they hope it will make the unity choice more attractive.


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  • 4 February 2010 20:44, by David_N

    The high technology can able to make salt water into purified drinking water, so Egyptian government shouldn’t worry too much about it.

    I’m more happy that I’m not going to drink anymore poluted toilet water on my table, so go with separation.

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    • 4 February 2010 21:08, by braveheart

      It cost em more to purify salt h20 from the mediterianian sea than the free flow from lakes in ugandan. haa! ha!

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      • 4 February 2010 23:51, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        what Taha and the many acompanying NCP party delegations plus the Egyptain president Mubaraka want to said in their Arabs meeting in Cairo?
        Or the agenda will be the SPLM party should withdraw their candidate member for presidency comrade Yasir Arman.Or Taha went for apology to president Mubaraka for his attemp to kill Mubaraka in Adiss-Ababa.Currently there is no any solution to make the unity attractive between the north and south Sudanese.

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        • 5 February 2010 00:58, by James

          Egypt should begin to think of other sources of income or else take to purifying the Meditereanan sea water $ pump it to to A gricultural farms.Climate change is almost deprieving eastAfrica of rains,thus The nile will dry up alone.Egypt should forget about South Sudan,more over ,the Nile does not begin in the South. It starts from,Ruanda,Burundi,Uganda,Tanzania,Kenya,DRC,BEFORE REACHING THE sOUTH,What is then the logic in Egypt being worried,if there is anything that worries Egypt,South Sudan,North Sudan are also worried.Let Egypt come up openly with what it intends.

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    • 5 February 2010 03:46, by Wed Deng

      Hi dear readers.

      am extremely excited to hear that the VP of Sudan Ali Taha went to Egypt for private discussion with the Egyptians president.

      am more confident that what they are going to discuss is not different from this coming elections on April , but you guys of southern Sudan,wash out because those Arabs will cheat the elections as they have cheated the census last year but once.

      Now let us pray to our almighty God so that the elections will be fair without compliant t o all Sudanese.


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