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Egypt stresses equidistant position in Sudan's ongoing crisis, envoy says

Ahram Online , Tuesday 2 Jul 2019
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File Photo: Sudan protesters wave national flags and shout slogans as they gather for a mass protest in front of the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan, April 21, 2019 (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt stresses that it stands in an equidistant position regarding the Sudanese conflict, the country's envoy to Khartoum told a leading member of a key opposition alliance in the country.

In an official statement, Egypt's foreign ministry said that its ambassador to Khartoum Hossam Eissa met on Monday with Ibrahim Taha Ayoub, a leading member of the opposition alliance Sudan Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF), where he said that Cairo will not spare any effort to achieve stability and security in Sudan. 

Eissa expressed Egypt's keenness to communicate with all representatives of the Sudanese people to achieve stability, peace and security in the country, adding that such a goal will only be achieved through sincere efforts exerted by leaders in the country. 

Ayoub discussed the developments in the ongoing negotiations over an African Union initiative pushed by Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed focused on transferring power to a civilian government in Sudan, as well as the framework for the transitional period.

The Sudanese opposition leader said that most disagreements have been overcome.

The meeting comes after tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Khartoum on Sunday demanding the transfer of power from the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) in what was deemed the largest protests since a forced dispersal of the capital's main sit-in camp where more than a hundred protesters were killed.

The massive protests came in response to the dispersal, and talks have repeatedly reached deadlock between the military council and opposition over the mechanism of power transfer to a civilian government since the ousting of strongman Omar Al-Bashir by the military in April following months of demonstrations against his 30-year rule.

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