Sudanese ambassador to Cairo returns to Egypt after diplomatic spat

The Sudanese ambassador to Cairo Abdel Mohamoud Abdel al-Halim returned to Egypt on Monday to resume his duties, nearly two months after he was recalled for “consultations” by Sudan.

Haliem left Cairo on January 5 after the Sudanese Foreign Ministry decided to recall him following news reports in Ethiopia claiming that Egypt was seeking to exclude Sudan from the tripartite negotiations over the impacts of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) which currently under construction.

Another source of tensions between Egypt and Sudan is the dispute over the Halayeb and Shalateen region. Sudan accuses Egypt of occupying the territory, while Egypt says it is rightfully under its sovereignty.

Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Ghandour has said that Egypt and Sudan agreed not to escalate the dispute regarding the Halayeb and Shalateen area, instead leaving the matter to the presidents of the two countries.

In a recent statement, Ghandour described Sudanese-Egyptian relations as historic and undeniable, saying that the two neighbors have at times suffered from ups and downs, but never reached the level of a confrontation.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


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