Mustafa El Fiqi, head of the foreign relations committee in the Shura Council (Upper House) and a former advisor to President Hosni Mubarak, yesterday described Sudan's regime as the worst in the country's history.
He added that he is "extremely sorry that matters have reached the point they have in Sudan, where the very term referendum only appeared during this regime, and its expected result is separation, which will be met with separation in other parts, from Darfur to the east to Kordofan." He went on to add,"and it's Egypt who will pay the price."
El Fiqi's assessment came during the banquet of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs' annual conference yesterday.
El Fiqi recalled how he had discovered, many years ago, during a meeting with Sudan's leading Islamist figure, then a close ally of Al-Bashir, that the Bashir regime had been pursuing a policy of separation, even before the Nifasha protocol (which ended the civil war that had lasted for more than two decades).
Al-Turaby made it clear to him that there could be no unity between the North and the South, El-Fiqi said.
El Fiqi went on to warn of the potential threats to Egyptian national security that the separation of South Sudan could lead to, foremost among which is that "Israel will have a presence on our southern border".
"Leaders from the North came to solve the situation with us in Egypt," he said. "After this breakdown we told them that we won't reconcile with you when you've brought Israel to our southern border."
"The previous head of Israeli military intelligence admitted that Israel supervised the training of the Southern military," El Fiqi went on to claim, adding that Israel has "units" there. He pointed out futher that Salva Kiir (the leader of Southern Sudan) announced that he will open an Israeli embassy in the new state.
El Fiqi stressed that Egypt has not been complacent with regard to Sudan and added that "talk about Egypt's relationship with her southern brother before the referendum is one thing, and after it is something else."
"We have previous experience from Eritrea, where we supported (Isaias) Afewerki before secession and today he is in Israel's bosom."