Egyptian security chief meets Sudanese President Bashir

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A senior Egyptian security official is in Khartoum for meetings with government officials, including President Omar Bashir, to discuss what he describes as the “tremendous” challenges the two nations face.

The acting chief of the Egyptian Intelligence, Major-General Abbas Mustafa Kamil, has already met President Bashir and Defence Minister, Lt. Gen. Awad Ibn Oaf following his arrival here late Saturday. He also held talks with Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour and his Sudanese counterpart Salah Abdulla Gosh.

According to Sudan News Agency (SUNA), the meetings reviewed the "tremendous challenges" facing the two countries so that they would not affect bilateral relations between the two countries.

“The visit comes in the context of the efforts by the quadripartite committee of the foreign ministers and security chiefs from the two countries that was formed on instructions of the two presidents" during their last meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on the margins of the African Union summit in January 2018.

SUNA reported that Ibn Oaf indicated at the meeting the importance of the Egyptian security which he said affects the entire Arab countries and should therefore be protected, and Egypt should likewise work for maintenance of the security in the Arab countries.

He underlined the need for formation of a joint force for protection of regional security against the "threats and challenges" that face achievement of the security and stability in the region.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Intelligence chief has underscored the importance of continued communication between the two countries because the challenges they face require rapid contacts and response to prevent them from adversely affecting the bilateral relations.

He advised that the two countries must agree on adoption of the principle of transparency and frankness in all issues of common concern, expressing optimism that the relations would take the "right course".

Relations between the two countries have been tense over the mineral rich triangle of Halaib, on which Sudan accuses Egypt of occupying and refusing to go to arbitration over it.

-0- PANA MO/AR 11March2018

11 مارس 2018 07:41:01

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