Sudan's Al-Bashir reaffirms brotherly relations in letter to Egypt's Sisi

Mahmoud Aziz , Thursday 23 Mar 2017

Egypt's president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Osman El-Hussien, Sudan's Minister of State and director of presidential office in Cairo on Thursday 23 March (photo: Egypt's presidency Spokesperson Facebook page)

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi received on Thursday a letter from his Sudanese counterpart Omar Al-Bashir that stressed the necessity of preserving cooperation with Egypt on all levels, according to Egyptian presidential spokesman Alaa Youssef.

The letter, delivered by Sudan's Minister of State Taha Osman Al-Hussein, came after exchanges between media figures erupted this week regarding which country has the historical right to Egypt’s southern Halayeb Triangle region.

Youssef said that Al-Bashir's letter expressed keenness to continue brotherly relations with Egypt in light of the historical bond between the two countries.

"The exchanges between some media outlets in Egypt and Sudan do not reflect the unique relations between the two countries," the letter said, adding that Sudan appreciates Egypt's pivotal role in maintaining peace and stability in the Arab region.

Youssef also stressed that the two countries agreed on encouraging media outlets to reflect the positive and brotherly aspects of the relations between Cairo and Khartoum.

On Tuesday, the foreign ministers of Egypt and Sudan said that they reject "unacceptable transgressions" that would drive a wedge between the two countries.

The two ministers denounced what they called "attempts to stir [agitation] as well as the irresponsible handling [of issues] by some social media users and media outlets," the statement said, without elaborating.

Media outlets in both countries exchanged attacks in recent days after Sudan’s media minister said in public statements that his country's civilisation is older than that of Egypt.

Media figures have also argued over Egypt’s Halayeb Triangle region, which comprises three cities and has been a source of tension between both countries for years, with rows occurring at times over the right to manage the area's natural resources.

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