Sudan’s Bashir arrives in Cairo for talks with Sisi

Sudanese President Omar al Bashir (L) welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi upon his arrival at Khartoum airport for an official visit on June 27.

Sudanese President Omar al Bashir (L) welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi upon his arrival at Khartoum airport for an official visit on June 27.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrived in Egypt on Saturday for a two-day visit at the invitation from President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, Al Ahram Online reported.

Bilateral relations, investment opportunities, agreements and regional affairs are part of the scheduled talks between the two leaders, Sudan’s presidential press secretary Emad Ahmed told the Egypt-based news website.

Sisi was in Khartoum in June where he discussed plans for development with his Sudanese counterpart.

“The meeting is a continuation of what was discussed with President El-Sisi in Khartoum,” he said.

“It is an important visit that has dimensions and consequences in the totality of the matters that relate both countries.”

The visit follows a meeting between the Egyptian, Sudanese and Ethiopian irrigation and water ministers where they discussed the latter’s construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam, which has been a subject of controversy between the three African Union members.

In its current construction plan, the dam will impact Egypt’s Nile water supply.

Separately, the Qostul-Ashkeet land port between Egypt and Sudan opened late August in an effort to increase trade between the two African nations.

On Oct.15, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an official request for the arrest of al-Bashir should he enter Egyptian territory.

The ICC issued two arrest warrants for the Sudanese president in 2009 and 2010 for alleged war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur.

Although a signatory to the ICC Statute, Egypt never ratified the treaty.

 
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