Egypt’s FM to head to Khartoum for talks on Egypt-Sudan relations

Ahram Online , Saturday 8 Apr 2017

In addition to attending meetings of the Egypt-Sudan political consultation committee, Shoukry is also expected to meet with Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is set to head to Khartoum Saturday evening to meet with Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and attend the meetings of the Egyptian-Sudanese political consultation committee that begin on Sunday, a ministry statement read.


The political consultation committee is a sub-committee of the Egyptian-Sudanese high committee, which also includes sub-committees for military affairs, security, economics and finance, transportation, education, culture, health, water resources and agriculture.


The committee is expected to discuss relations between the two countries as well as regional and international issues of shared interest, including the crises in Syria, Libya, Yemen and South Suadan as well as the Palestinian cause.


Also on the agenda will be discussions on bilateral trade, and Khartoum's potential lifting of a ban on some Egyptian exports such as agricultural products and ceramics.


The officials will also discuss the possibility of issuing a media ethics charter aimed at protecting relations between the two countries and preventing "irresponsible" behaviour by media in covering them.


Earlier this year, tensions grew between the two countries after Sudan’s media minister said in public statements that his country's civilisation is older than that of Egypt.


The Sudanese minister’s statements resulted in exchanges between media figures regarding which country has a historical claim on Egypt’s southern Halayeb Triangle region.


Tensions also briefly erupted between the two countries over Khartoum's hosting of members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood group, which Cairo has banned.


However, Cairo and Khartoum have since agreed work on a new phase of brotherly relations. 

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