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Egypt receives high-level Sudanese delegation to 'push means of joint cooperation'

The delegation is expected to discuss mounting tensions between Ethiopia and Sudan over the disputed eastern border region of Al-Fashqa

Ahram Online , Thursday 14 Jan 2021
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Sudan’s ruling Sovereign Council member Lieutenant General Shamseldin Kabashi (Photo Courtesy of Sudanese Transitional Sovereign Council)
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A high-level Sudanese delegation led by Sudan’s ruling Sovereign Council member Lieutenant General Shamseldin Kabashi arrived Egypt on Thursday to discuss bilateral ties and push means of joint cooperation.

According to an official statement, Sudan’s Sovereign Council said Kabashi, who is accompanied by intelligence chief Lieutenant General Jamal Abdel Majeed and other officials, was received by Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry.

Earlier, state-owned Al-Arabiya said the delegation will head to Egypt to discuss mounting tensions between Ethiopia and Sudan over the disputed eastern border region of Al-Fashqa.

Ethiopia and Sudan have been exchanging accusations over ownership rights of the agricultural area.

The visit comes one day after Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, the head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, had visited Al-Qadarif, an area of which Al-Fashqa is part, to “emphasise the ability of the armed forces to protect the territory.”

It also comes one day after a high-level delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) concluded a one-day visit to Khartoum in an attempt to break the deadlock on the disputed Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD) after a recent collapse of African Union sponsored talks between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan this week.

Sudan accused Ethiopia on Wednesday of a “dangerous and unjustified escalation” after an Ethiopian military aircraft crossed the disputed border area.

The move “could have dangerous consequences and cause more tension in the border area,” Sudan’s foreign ministry said.

Ethiopia warned Sudan on Tuesday that its patience was wearing out over Khartoum’s military build-up in the area despite efforts to resolve the rift diplomatically.

The Ethiopian statement came as Sudan said armed Ethiopian “gangs” killed five women and a child in the area.
 

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