CAIRO: A large amount of globes were seized Monday in a Chinese cargo of toys for leaving Halayeb Triangle out of Egypt’s map, Youm7 reported.
The figures were not approved by security authorities and were hidden inside an approved cargo of Chinese toys imported by the owner of Alex Business; the maps did not include the disputed Halayeb Triangle within Egypt’s borders, according to Youm7.
The imported globes “endanger national security because they do not match Egypt’s official map of its territory,” Youm7 reported the investigations of the Public Funds department.
Both Egypt and Sudan consider the Halayeb Triangle a part of their national territory, but it remains under Egyptian control in a status quo consolidated by holding parliamentary elections in the area in 2011, as well as allocating a parliamentary seat for a Halayeb representative in 2015 for the first time.
The parliamentary elections in Halayeb witnessed a relatively high turnout as 40 percent voted in the first day of the two-day poll in the first round.
Sudan criticized Egypt’s decision to hold elections in the disputed triangle, but undersecretary of the Sudanese Foreign Ministry Abdel Ghani Naeem said Oct. 23 that the dispute will be solved “amicably,” according to Sudan Tribune.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has also requested Saudi mediation on the border dispute, Sudan Tribune reported.
Halayeb’s territorial water is believed to contain oil wells, and its arable land includes rich natural reserves. The inhabitants of the 20-km2 area belong to the Beja ethnic group, who live along the Red Sea from southern Egypt through Sudan and Eritrea.