Egypt FM emphasises respect for Sudan's sovereignty in meeting with Sudanese envoy

Walaa Gebba, Tuesday 2 May 2023

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met on Tuesday with Dafallah Haj Ali, envoy of the Chairman of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council and Chief of the Armed Forces General Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, expressing Cairo's concern over the ongoing situation in Sudan.

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry during his meeting with the envoy of the Chairman of the Sovereignty Council in Sudan Dafallah Haj Ali in Cairo on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)


The envoy conveyed a message from Al-Burhan to President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on developments in Sudan, according to a statement by the ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid.

​The foreign minister reiterated Egypt's position on the crisis calling for an immediate ceasefire between all parties to avoid bloodshed.

Shoukry also stressed that Egypt is keen on treating the current crisis in Sudan as an internal matter. During meetings addressing the Sudan crisis in the League of Arab States, the African Union, and the UN Security Council, Egypt has emphasised the importance of respecting Sudan's sovereignty by all international and regional parties and not intervening in the crisis in a way that leads to more bloodshed.

Shoukry reiterated Egypt's commitment to support Sudan in overcoming its challenges based on the shared destiny and history of the Nile Valley peoples, Shoukry said.

"We will spare no effort to help our brothers in Sudan during this difficult time," said the Egyptian top diplomat, according to the statement.

For his part, the Sudanese envoy expressed gratitude to the Egyptian government and people for their warm welcome and hospitality towards Sudanese citizens fleeing the conflict.

As of 27 April, 14,000 Sudanese citizens, along with 2,000 citizens from 50 countries and six international organisations, had crossed into Egypt from Sudan, Abu Zeid clarified last Thursday.

Efforts continue around the clock to receive citizens fleeing military conflict, alleviate their suffering and provide them with necessary humanitarian aid.

The ministry also highlighted its cooperation with the Egyptian Red Crescent, which opened a relief centre last week, through the Arqeen and Qustul border crossings.

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