13 Egyptian fishermen return home after Sudan release order

Ahram Online , Wednesday 14 Oct 2015

The release of the 13 fishermen comes after weeks of intense negotiations between Cairo and Khartoum

Thirteen Egyptian fishermen returned home Wednesday after they were released by Sudanese authorities Tuesday, the news website of state TV reported.

"They were all back to Al-Qusayr today as Egypt's political leadership was putting much effort to release them," said Youssef Al-Shahed, head of Al-Qusyar city in the Red Sea governorate and the hometown of the fishermen.

Two months ago, four Egyptian boats, carrying 13 fishermen, were detained by Sudanese authorities in the vicinity of Abu Ramada region of Shalateen on the Red Sea, for allegedly trespassing Sudanese waters.

In recent months, Cairo and Khartoum have been trading detained nationals accused of breaking respective country laws.

In August, Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir released 101 fishermen who had been detained since April.

Shortly after Bashir's order, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued a release order for 44 Sudanese prisoners in Egypt as the Sudanese decision came after intense negotiations between the Egyptian and Sudanese governments in the past few weeks over the fate of the fishermen.

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