Twenty-six Egyptian students who were arrested in Sudan last week on charges of leaking school exams will be released “within hours” the Egyptian foreign ministry said on Monday night.
The Sudanese embassy in Cairo has confirmed that the students will released, according to a statement published by state agency MENA on Tuesday.
The embassy said the decision to release them came in consideration of the "special and brotherly" relations between Egypt and Sudan.
Sudan will apply only an educational punishment, the embassy said, by depriving the students from participating in this year's high school exams.
The Egyptians were among a group of students of mixed nationalities who were arrested on 28 March on charges of buying and selling high school exam papers.
Egypt's foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said the Egyptian embassy in Khartoum and relevant authorities have been working for the students' release.
"The foreign spokesman thanked the Sudanese government for its cooperation with the Egyptian authorities to solve the crisis, which reflects how deep and special the relations between the two countries are," the statement read.
Expatriate Affairs Minister Nabila Makram travelled to Khartoum last week to address the matter.