Sisi, Bashir eye security, development in Red Sea countries

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir at Al-Ittihadiya Presidential Palace on January 27, 2019 - Press Photo

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir agreed to sustain coordination on the regional and international levels, and strengthen security, stability and development in countries bordering the Red Sea.

President Sisi affirmed support to stability and security in Sudan which represents part of Egypt’s national security praising the development of relations between both countries.

The president’s statements came during a meeting with Bashir who held a one-day state visit to Egypt on Sunday.

President Sisi expressed his appreciation for efforts deployed by Sudan to achieve peace in South Sudan and central Africa. Both leaders discussed mechanisms to support the execution of the peace accord in South Sudan which would help resolve the crisis in central Africa.

The accord was signed by South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel factions in September 2018 in the Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa. The purpose is ending the civil war that has erupted since the country’s independence in 2011 claiming the lives of at least 50,000 people and displacing two million.

“History shows that relations between Egypt and Sudan are eternal,” President Sisi said. Both presidents reviewed the outcome of the second Egyptian-Sudanese summit meeting held in Khartoum in October on boosting joint cooperation and integration. They also discussed the existing cooperation on capacity building in all sectors.

Both leaders held talks on the outcomes of the Egyptian Sudanese Permanent Commission for Nile Water that took place in Cairo in December in the framework of agreements signed by Egypt and Sudan including the 1959 Agreement.

Bashir stressed that the water rights of Egypt and Sudan must be preserved, and that the destinies of both countries are intertwined.

The Sudanese president stated that the electricity link between both countries would take place as well as a railway network which would serve the entire continent.

Bashir added that, since the election of his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, ties between both countries have remained stable and improved.

The Sudanese president stated that Egypt’s role is important to achieve security and stability in his country, and that some parties exaggerated what was happening in Sudan on social media and in mainstream media.

Bashir said that the high-profile delegation that visited his country recently is an indication of Egypt’s support to Sudan’s stability. He added that many agreements between both countries would achieve their goals.

Bashir expressed support to Egypt’s leadership of the African Union (AU) in 2019 saying it would give a great push to the achievement of African unification and the adoption of mechanisms necessary for joint African work.

Sudan, which shares northern border with Egypt, has plunged into chaos since December 19 when hundreds of Sudanese citizens protested against the deteriorating economic situation, calling for the end of Bashir’s rule.

A week later, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry paid a visit to Sudan to send a message from Sisi to Bashir, according to a statement from Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on December 27.

On January 15, Omar al-Bashir extended his thanks to Egypt and two other neighboring countries (Ethiopia and Chad) over their support to him and his government amid the ongoing protests.

Egypt Today


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