Egypt's El-Sisi, Sudan's president seek stronger ties

Ahram Online , Sunday 19 Oct 2014

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir is currently in Cairo for his first meeting with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi since he was elected in June

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (R) meets Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir in Cairo October 18, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said bolstering ties between his country and neighbouring Sudan requires sustainability.

El-Sisi made his remarks during a press conference that concluded two days of talks with Sudan's President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, currently on his first visit to Cairo since El-Sisi took office in June.

"Building relations between Egypt and Sudan needs eagerness and continuous work towards the sustainable, strong and effective ties that we seek," El-Sisi told reporters on Sunday.

Both leaders agreed to scale up a joint cooperation committee between both countries from a ministerial to "presidential level" to further reinforce cooperation between the two states, El-Sisi said, adding that ministerial meetings on issues of mutual interests are planned in the near future.

The Sudanese president called upon El-Sisi to enforce signed pacts between Cairo and Khartoum and "remove hindrances that work against strengthening mutual ties" between both countries.

Both presidents have underlined the role the media plays in preserving inter-state relationships, with El-Sisi calling for unerring accuracy in what the press reports.

The talks, which the Egyptian president hailed as "particularly positive," tackled developments in Africa and the Middle East and regional issues including the situation in chaos-battered Libya.

El-Sissi said Egypt and Sudan agreed to coordinate efforts to achieve stability in Libya through backing state institutions.

He has called for ratcheting up support to Libyans' "free choices" – a reference to recent elections in which a new parliament was installed in place of an Islamist transitional body and a new cabinet was named, as well as the Libyan army which is fighting Islamist led-militias that have overrun the capital.

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