Egypt, Sudan discuss forming ‘joint committee’ to solve pending issues
Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour.

CAIRO: Secretary of the Sudanese foreign ministry Abdel Ghani al Naeem met Wednesday with Egyptian Ambassador to Sudan Osama Shaltout to discuss forming a joint committee to solve the problems facing nationals of both countries, The Egyptian State Information Service (SIS) reported.

The meeting, which was held in Khartoum, comes after the Egyptian border forces shot dead five Sudanese migrants trying to cross from Sinai region into Israel Monday.

On Nov. 15, Egyptian police found the bodies of 15 African migrants who appeared to have been shot dead in the same region, security sources told Youm7.

The Sudanese Embassy in Cairo has accused Egyptian authorities of unlawfully detaining and beating 16 Sudanese. Egypt’s Foreign Ministry denied the accusations in a statement Wednesday.

Spokesman of the Sudanese Embassy in Cairo Mohamed Gebara said Wednesday that the 16 were also “tortured,” without providing further details. His statement followed that of Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour who said that “the migrants were Sudanese, 16 in number not 15, accusing the Egyptian police force of killing them,” according to Al Ahram.

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