Editorial: Egypt/ Sudan Security and Stability

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi stressed on Tuesday Cairo’s full support for the security and stability of Sudan.
He added that Egypt is keen on continuing joint cooperation between the two countries at all levels in the light of the deep-rooted historical ties and the distinguished relations between the two countries, governments and peoples.
Al-Sisi considered Sudan’s security an “extension of the Egyptian national security”.
His statement was made as he received Sudan’s First Vice President and Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf and head of the National Intelligence and Security Services Salah Gosh in the attendance of Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shokri, Intelligence Chief General Abbas Kamel and Sudan’s Ambassador to Cairo.
Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said that Al-Sisi congratulated Ibn Auf on his new post as first vice president and sent regards to Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir.
Ibn Auf praised ongoing efforts to foster joint cooperation between the two countries especially by intensifying mutual visits of high-ranking officials from both sides. He also lauded the unlimited Egyptian support for Sudan’s safety and stability.
Sudan looks forward to benefit from the pioneering role of Egypt in the region and its inspiring development experience; Ibn Auf added. He also conveyed the greetings of Al Bashir, affirming the rapprochement between the Sudanese and Egyptian governments and peoples.
The meeting discussed bilateral ties on all levels, said Radi, and stressed the necessity of completing the project of electricity linkage between Egypt and Sudan as well as studies on railway networks.
It goes without saying that the relations between the two counties are in its best these days especially after the exchanged visits of the officials of each country to the other.
The Sudanese/Egyptian relations is witnessing considerable improvement after the historic meeting between President Al Bashir and his Egyptian counterpart on the sidelines of the AU summit in Addis Ababa in 2017.
The railway linking Sudan with Egypt besides providing Northern Sudan with the electricity from Egypt the first stage of which will be completed by the end of this month with 300 megabytes to reach 3 thousand in the upcoming stages it is but evidence to the strong relations between the two countries.
To conclude, the visit sends several messages internally, regionally and internationally that there are no hidden agenda that could upset the relations between the two nations.

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