Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Egypt- Shouky to meet Sudanese president, participate in consultation committee  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Daily News Egypt - 19/04/2017
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!

(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry headed to the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Wednesday, where he is expected to meet with president Omar Al-Bashir after attending meetings of the joint Egyptian-Sudanese political consultation committee.

Shoukry's visit was supposed to take place on 9 April, but the ministry stated a sandstorm prevented it.

The visit is expected to discuss relations between the two countries and bilateral trade, as well as Khartoum's potential lifting of a ban on importing some Egyptian agricultural products and ceramics.

Relations between #Egypt and #Sudan have suffered since July 2013, when former Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated president Mohammed Morsi was ousted. In the past couple of years, multiple issues have caused tensions between the two countries.

#Sudan imposes new visa requirements on Egyptian citizens

On 7 April, #Sudan issued a decision requiring male Egyptian citizens between 18 and 49 years of age to obtain an entry visa from Sudan's embassies and consulates when visiting the country, Sudan's foreign ministry spokesperson, Gharib Allah Khidir, said in an official statement.

The measure excludes women, children, and males over 50 years old, according to Khidir, claiming that the decision came within the framework of the periodic review and evaluation to organise and control entry to Sudan.

Khidir said #Sudan is committed to the agreement signed with #Egypt regarding the facilitation of entry and the stay of Egyptians in Sudan.

In 2004, #Egypt and #Sudan signed the Fourth Freedoms Agreement, allowing citizens of both countries to freely move across the border separating them and have the rights to reside, work, and own property in either country without prior permission.

However, Egyptian authorities continued to impose entry visas on Sudanese citizens aged 18 to 49 years, while on the other hand Egyptian citizens were exempted from the entry visa to #Sudan in line with the agreement.

This is because #Egypt had consented to the agreement to politically back the Sudanese government in its negotiations with John Garang and southern rebels, according to Hany Raslan, an expert on #Sudan and Nile basin countries' affairs at the Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies (ACPSS).

He explained that #Egypt informed #Sudan at the time that it would be difficult to apply visa-free entries, and that in return it would guarantee entry facilitations to Sudanese citizens, to which #Sudan agreed and proceeded with implementing the agreement from its side for Egyptian citizens.

'Sudan has every right to impose an entry visa on Egyptians based on Egypt's imposition of an entry visa, but in current circumstances it would be considered as political escalation,' Raslan told Daily News Egypt

#Media quarrels

On Wednesday, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said that during Shoukry's visit, the two countries will discuss a 'media code of conduct', which reflects respect in both countries' relations, aiming at 'preventing irresponsible actions of some media outlets towards those relations.'

Tensions recently erupted after Sudanese media minister Ahmed Belal Othman was quoted with public statements, saying his country's pyramids are older than Egypt's pyramids.

The statements sparked controversy, resulting in reactions ridiculing Sudan's history and culture in the Egyptian media and social media.

Moreover, the minister's statement coincided with the recent visit by the Queen Mother of Qatar, Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, to the pyramids of Meroe.

Given the tense relations between #Egypt and #Qatar since the ouster of Morsi, Egyptian commentators used the visit to make political accusations against Sudan.

In March, Shoukry and his Sudanese counterpart Ibrahim Ghandour expressed their 'full rejection of unacceptable transgressions or insults between the two brotherly countries,' according to a statement by the Egyptian ministry.

#Sudan restricts import of products

In September 2016, #Sudan suspended imports of fruit, vegetables, and fish from Egypt—citing safety reasons—according to the Sudanese trade ministry.

'Importing fruit, vegetables, and fish from #Egypt is temporarily suspended until laboratory tests are completed to guarantee safety,' Sudanese state news agency SUNA quoted a trade ministry statement as saying.

There was no response from the Egyptian government.

'Sudan promotes lies about Egypt's use of sewage water in agriculture. The proof is that we allocate 57 billion square metres of the Nile's water in agriculture,' a professor of Water Resources at the Faculty of #Agriculture at Cairo University, Nader Nour El-Din, told Daily News Egypt.

He added that 'the Sudanese decisions are political decisions and don't rely on laboratory tests or scientific statistics.'

Halayeb and Shalateen

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

'It is always talk about the Halayeb and Shalateen triangle that follows any escalation between #Egypt and Sudan,' Raslan said.

Halayeb and Shalateen is a triangle of no more than 20 square kilometres, located at the Egyptian-Sudanese border by the Red Sea. The escalation on Halayeb was triggered after the demarcation of borders between the two countries since the era of British colonialism, at a time when #Sudan was affiliated to the Egyptian Kingdom.



Daily News Egypt

  MENA News Headlines
 Apr 24 2017 - 25 million children out of school in conflict zones - UNICEFMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Editorial) NEW YORK, United States of America, April 24, 2017/APO/ -- More than 25 million children between 6 and 15 years old, or 22 per cent of children in that age group, are missing ...

 Apr 24 2017 - Blocks B1 and B2 Open for Direct Negotiation following Collapse of Talks with Companies (Total E & P, Tullow Oil Plc and KUFPEC)MENAFN Press
(MENAFN Editorial) JUBA, South Sudan, April 24, 2017/APO/ -- Representing the Government of South Sudan, the Ministry of Petroleum announces that it is welcoming the interest of investors for ...

 Apr 24 2017 - First human rights trainings held inside detention centres in Libya since 2014MENAFN Press
(MENAFN Editorial) TRIPOLI, Libya, April 24, 2017/APO/ -- IOM is currently in the process of providing human rights trainings in five detention centres, the first trainings inside detention ...

 Apr 24 2017 - Promoting U.S.-Egypt Collaboration in Science and TechnologyMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Editorial) CAIRO, Egypt, April 24, 2017/APO/ -- Meeting in Cairo April 23-24, the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Egypt Science and Technology Joint Fund continued a long tradition of ...

 Apr 24 2017 - Three Months, Still No Word on Disappeared South Sudanese MenMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Editorial) NAIROBI, Kenya, April 24, 2017/APO/ -- Three months, 90 days, more than two thousand hours without news of Dong Samuel Luak, a well-known South Sudanese activist, and Aggrey ...

 Apr 25 2017 - US imposes new sanctions on Syrian officialsMENAFN
(MENAFN) The US has issued sanctions against hundreds of Syrian scientists and officials for their role in developing chemical weapons. In detail, the measures come after a poison gas attack killed ...

 Apr 25 2017 - Kuwait- KUNA main news for Tuesday, April 25, 2017Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Local: ===== KUWAIT -- The national team of Kuwait will face the Omanis at the final of the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Challenge Cup of Asia ...

 Apr 25 2017 - N. Korea stages largest firing drill amid rising tensions - SeoulKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) TOKYO, April 25 (KUNA) -- North Korea staged what appears to be the largest firing drill on Tuesday amid increasing tensions with the US to mark the 85th founding ...

 Apr 25 2017 - Kuwait- Photo of the DayKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Bulbul Bird in its natural habitat . ( KUNA - Khalid Marafie ) MENAFN2504201700710000ID1095417572 ...

 Apr 25 2017 - Tokyo stocks end at 1-month high US, Euro gainsKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) TOKYO, April 25 (KUNA) -- Tokyo stocks extended their winning streak for a third straight session on Tuesday, with a key index ending at a one-month high ...





Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Search News
Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices


Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks

Saudi Arabia 

Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor


Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters

© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help