CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi praised the hospitality and the warm welcome he received in Khartoum during his brief visit. He also complimented the “strategic depth” between Egypt and Sudan, MENA reported.
Sisi stated that the visit promoted bilateral relations in a way that would benefit both Egypt and Sudan.
“There are many fields in which we can work to serve our people,” Sisi said in a joint press conference with his Sudanese counterpart Omar Hassan al-Bashir. He added that in the near future there will be increased cooperation between both countries.
Sisi said that there are situations in the region that require coordination and cooperation between both countries. He added that this is his first official visit to Sudan and that he is waiting for Bashir to soon visit Egypt.
Sudan’s Bashir welcomed Sisi and said that his visit to Khartoum shows his belief in the importance of bilateral relations between Egypt and Sudan.
Bashir said that they discussed several matters that are significant for both countries, including the latest developments in regional issues. He emphasized that there is “absolute agreement” on the importance of cooperation to contain regional conflicts.
Anadolu news agency reported that Sisi sparked controversy among journalists when he stated that “Sudan is a part of Egypt,” right before he left. Some think that the statement has deliberate political significance, while others think it was misunderstood due to his speech being in colloquial Egyptian.
Bashir said he is proud of the visit and expected it to strengthen bilateral relations, which he described as “everlasting” Veto reported.