Egypt-Sudan committee calls for 'shift in media discourse' between the two countries

Ahram Online , Thursday 20 Apr 2017

Egypt-Sudan Committe
The Egypt-Sudan political consultation committee meeting on Thursday 20 April( Photo: Egypt's Foreign Ministry Facebook page)

The Egypt-Sudan Political Consultation Committee released a statement on Thursday calling for a shift in media discourse after media outlets in the two countries attacked each other which nation has the right to control Egypt’s southern Halayeb and Shalateen region.

The committee has also called for the signing of a code of ethics between the press and media outlets in Egypt and Sudan to guarantee working towards mutual interests and maintaining brotherly relations.

The committee – which held a meeting in Khartoum headed by Sudan's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour and was attended by Egyptian FM Sameh Shoukry – vowed to maintain cooperation and mutual support between both countries in issues of common interest, as well as the holding of periodic meetings between the FMs of both countries to facilitate cooperation between Cairo and Khartoum. 

Ghandour stressed the necessity of exchanging information between security agencies in both countries to reflect a commitment that Egypt and Sudan would not harbour groups that work against either country's interest. 

Egyptian FM Shoukry met with Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir during his visit tot Khartoum, conveying a message from Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi that Cairo is committed to maintaining strategic ties between the brotherly countries of the Nile Valley. 

Earlier this month, Sudan's foreign ministry said a new a decision by Khartoum requiring Egyptian men between 18 and 50 to obtain entry visas to travel to Sudan is aimed at preventing "terrorists" from infiltrating the country.

While Egyptians could previously enter Sudan without a visa under a deal signed between the two countries in 2004, Sudanese nationals had to obtain visas before entering Egypt. 

Last week, Sudan's FM Ghandour asked Cairo to explain Egypt’s position on the UN's Darfur Sanctions Committee, after rumours circulated that Egypt had backed in a 7 April meeting a call to maintain sanctions against Khartoum.

Cairo has denied these reports.

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