Water rights of Egypt, Sudan must be preserved: Bashir

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Sun, 27 Jan 2019 - 12:57 GMT

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

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

CAIRO - 27 January 2019: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir stressed that the water rights of Egypt and Sudan must be preserved, and that the destinies of both countries are intertwined during his visit to Cairo on Sunday.

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.

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.

“History shows that relations between Egypt and Sudan are eternal,” President Sisi said. Both leaders discussed mechanisms to support the execution of the peace accord in South Sudan which would help resolve the crisis in central Africa.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met with Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir on Sunday.

Both leaders discussed the bilateral relations and the regional issues of mutual concern. After their close meeting, they held a press conference.

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.

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