CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will travel to Khartoum to attend the inauguration ceremony of Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir June 2, Youm7 reported Tuesday.
Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti delivered Bashir’s invitation to Sisi during their meeting earlier this month, sources at the Egyptian presidency told Youm7.
However, no official presidential statements regarding Sisi’s visit have been released.
Bashir was re-elected with a landslide 94.5 percent of the vote, the head of the Sudanese election commission Mokhtar al-Assam said in a statement April 27.
By winning the 2015 presidential elections, Bashir has extended his nearly three-decade rule for another five-year term.
In a phone call hours after Bashir’s win, Sisi congratulated him on taking a new presidential term, emphasizing the importance of pushing joint relations forward in all fields, and on both the official and popular levels, according to a Foreign Ministry statement.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) in Hague indicted Bashir in 2008 on charges of committing genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur. The European Union (EU) warned that Sudan presidential elections will lack credibility and will not end in legitimate results.
Egypt and Sudan experienced diplomatic disputes over the construction of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) amid Cairo’s fears that the dam would dramatically hamper the flow of the Nile water.