Egyptian intel chief in Khartoum to discuss bilateral relations

Ahram Online, Monday 26 Sep 2011

Embattled Sudanese president anticipates improved relations with post-Mubarak Egypt

Egyptian Intelligence chief Mourad Mowafi arrived in Sudan on Monday for a two-day trip to Egypt's troubled African neighbour. He is expected to deliver a message to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir from the leader of Egypt's interim government and the head of the ruling military council, Field-Marshal Hussein Tantawi.

Mowafiis also expected to discuss the current state of Egypt-Sudan relations with the embattled Sudanese leader, including the issue of proposed cooperation initiatives aimed at combating cross-border smuggling activity.

The visit follows recent statements by al-Bashir to London-based Saudi daily Al-Shark Al-Awsat in which he said that shaky relations between the two countries had been a result of poor policymaking by the ousted Mubarak regime, which, al-Bashir asserted, had "conspired against"Sudan. He added that Egypt's ruling military council was justifiably "concerned"about Egyptian security in terms of water, food and national defence.

The Sudanese president went on to predict an improvement in bilateral relations, describing Egypt's recent revolution as a "revolution with no leader."

Al-Bashir concluded his interview with the Saudi daily by expressing optimism that Egypt's next leader would be democratically elected and would therefore practice greater caution when taking critical decisions.

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