Sudanese delegation expected to be in Cairo 7 August

Ahram Online , Sunday 29 Jul 2018

The delegation will work in preparation for a presidential committee in October aiming at enhancing bilateral relations between Egypt and Sudan

File Photo: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (AP)

Egypt is expecting an official Sudanese delegation on 7 August to start preparing for a presidential committee that will take place in October, Egyptian Ambassador in Sudan Osama Shaltout said in a press statement Saturday.

Shaltout added that both Egyptian and Sudanese officials are keen on achieving greater cooperation between the two governments.

He also pointed out that the Egyptian foreign minister and his Sudanese counterpart are tasked with reviewing the development and implementation of agreements signed during the last committee meeting in 2016.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi had visited Khartoum 19 July where he met with Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir. He also received Sudanese Foreign Minister El-Darderi Mohammed Ahmed after assuming his post in May.

The meetings in October will aim at enhancing bilateral relations between Egypt and Sudan after a phase of tension given Sudan's stance of supporting the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Shaltout said.

The Higher Egyptian-Sudanese Committee takes place every two years. This year it will be held in Cairo, while in 2016 it was held in Khartoum.

This year marks the second time for the committee to be convened on a presidential level as opposed to on a prime ministerial level before 2016.

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