President Sisi discusses regional, int'l issues with Sudan’s Burhan in Cairo

Ahram Online , Thursday 29 Feb 2024

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi received the Chairman of Sudanese Transitional Sovereign Council (TSC) Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan on Thursday at the Ittihadiya Presidential Palace in Cairo to discuss enhancing bilateral relations and address regional and international issues of mutual concern.

Sisi and Burhan
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi receives Chairman of Sudanese Transitional Sovereign Council (TSC) Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan in Cairo - Egyptian Presidency


El-Sisi received Al-Burhan upon his arrival at Cairo International Airport.

Ambassador Muhammad Abdullah Al-Tom, chargé d'affaires of the Sudanese embassy in Cairo, said the visit reflects Sudan’s keenness to develop its bilateral cooperation with Egypt.

The visit comes while the war in Sudan between the Sudanese Armed Forces, headed by Burhan, and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces has been ravaging Sudan for nearly a year now.

Egypt has engaged in diplomatic efforts to bring the curtain down on the war, which has killed thousands and displaced around eight million people. Egypt has called for a permanent ceasefire and a political solution to the conflict.

Cairo hosted the Sudan's Neighbouring Countries' Summit on July 2023 to encourage an end to the fighting. The summit brought together leaders of Egypt, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Eritrea, Chad, Ethiopia, and Libya, along with the African Union Commission and the Arab League.

Of the almost eight million people displaced in Sudan, over 1.1 million people, including Sudanese refugees and refugees from other nationalities hosted by Sudan, fled to Egypt and other neighboring states, according to figures published by the UN refugee agency UNHCR late in January.

Egypt alone has received 458,827 people, including 450,000 Sudanese, since the start of the war and until the end of January, according to figures provided by Egypt to the UNHCR. This adds to the five million Sudanese already living in Egypt.

Rounds of talks between Saudi Arabia and the United States with the warring sides in Jeddah in 2023 managed to broker short-term truce deals, allowing aid delivery to the population, but have not yielded a permanent cessation to the fighting.

In press remarks on Thursday, Al-Tom commended Egypt’s efforts to restore peace in Sudan, stressing that Egypt, one of the countries most affected by the ongoing circumstances in Sudan, has a true interest in achieving security and stability in Sudan.

He also lauded Egypt’s hosting of Sudan's Neighbouring Countries Summit and the mechanisms it presented to address the crisis in Sudan.

El-Sisi met with Al-Burhan in November 2023 on the sidelines of the Joint Arab Islamic Extraordinary Summit in Riyadh, where El-Sisi reiterated Egypt’s support to Sudan at all levels.

President El-Sisi also welcomed Al-Burhan in northern Egypt’s Alamein city in August 2023. They discussed ongoing efforts to settle the crisis, restore safety and security, and preserve Sudan’s sovereignty and unity.


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