KHARTOUM: Sudanese Defense Minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein has announced that there are ongoing arrangements to deploy a joint Sudanese-Egyptian force on the borders between the two countries to prevent human trafficking and border crimes, Sudan Tribune reported
Hussein, who was speaking at a press conference in Khartoum on Sunday following an annual conference aimed at evaluating the performance of a joint Chadian-Sudanese border control force, that Sudan is cooperating with the Egyptian side to deploy a similar force to control the area extending from the West Bank of the Nile to the Libyan border.
The Egyptian-Sudanese border is known to be a smuggling hotspot, and was also recently highlighted in a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) as a human trafficking route.
Observers say that the inauguration of border crossings and setting up the joint force is held up by disagreements over the Halayeb region which both countries claim.
Hussein also announced unconditional support to boosting cooperation with Chad in areas of military measures and training besides opening military camps, underscoring that the joint Chadian-Sudanese force contributed to promoting security, political and social ties between the two countries
The defense minister said that they would transfer the successful experience of the Sudanese-Chadian force to secure borders with Egypt, asserting that success of the force was a result of its contribution to development projects besides efforts it made to resolve tribal problems.
He called for the convening of a forum for border states similar to that which took place in Um Jaras, declaring his government’s readiness to offer the necessary support for military exchange between the two countries given that the two armies complement each other.
The Chadian defense minister, Amir Nadu Takula, said the joint force had managed to secure borders between the two countries, demanding the sharing of the experience to meet security challenges in Africa.