Sisi’s visit to Khartoum helps to reboot relationship with Egypt: Sudanese PM

MENA , Thursday 11 Mar 2021

Abdalla Hamdok noted that the Egyptian and Sudanese sides discussed several issues and files of mutual concern during Sisi’s visit, including the Ethiopian dam issue

A photo for Sudan’s PM Abdullah Hamdok during his meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly in Cairo on Thursday

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok asserted on Thursday that President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi’s visit to Khartoum has helped reboot the relationship between Sudan and Egypt.

During a press conference with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Hamdok said that El-Sisi’s visit gives a strong momentum to efforts aiming to boost cooperation based on joint strategies and action.

Sudan and Egypt have had many official exchanges during the past weeks and months, he added.

The Sudanese premier noted that the Egyptian and Sudanese sides discussed several issues and files of mutual concern during El-Sisi’s visit, including the Ethiopian dam issue.

Hamdok asserted that the Egyptian and Sudanese sides agree that any understanding or deal on the Ethiopian dam issue should achieve the aspirations and interests of Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia. The dam project should not be allowed to harm the interests of any of the three African countries, he went on to say.

The premier also hoped that the Egyptian and Sudanese ministers will address all joint strategic files, including the hoped-for railway connection and other projects in the fields of higher education, scientific research, and agriculture during their meeting today.

He also wished that Egyptian-Sudanese cooperation will allow Sudan to benefit from Egypt’s great experience and know-how in many fields.

On his part, Madbouly stressed that Egypt is not against Ethiopia's development but, on the contrary, it has always been one of its development supporters.

“Our stance towards the under-construction Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is based on the historical rights of Egypt and Sudan and the protection of their interests in a way that does not harm the interests of Ethiopia as well,” Madbouly said.

Cairo is concerned about Ethiopia's plans to proceed with the filling of the dam for the second year without coordination with Egypt and Sudan.

“We are very much keen to continue cooperation among all of us over this important file,” Madbouly said.

He expressed hope that our Ethiopian brothers will respond to Egypt and Sudan within the coming period in a way that achieves the interests of the three nations’ peoples.

Madbouly expressed Egypt's support of Sudan in all domains, saying Egyptian officials began talks with the Sudanese delegation on a number of important economic files, including power interconnection, transport, roads and railway projects, gas linkage, in addition to projects in the fields of agriculture, irrigation, trade, and industry.

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