CAIRO: The Minister of Defense Sedki Sobhi met Sunday with the Sudanese Director of Intelligence, General Ali Mohammed Salem, to discuss regional issues and bilateral cooperation, announced Egypt’s Ministry in a statement.
Sobhi praised the depth of historical links between the two countries and said he looked forward to increasing the bilateral cooperation in the next phase, the statement added.
Egyptian Military Chief of the Staff Mahmoud Hegazy and military officials met with the Sudanese General and his accompanying delegation to discuss bilateral cooperation, the statement continued.
On July 27, 2015, both countries agreed to strengthen military coordination to prevent smuggling along the shared border. Cairo and Khartoum have been locked in a border dispute over the Red Sea Halaib Triangle area since Sudanese independence in 1956. Sudan claims the area, but it is under Egyptian Administration.
Two separate maps were drawn up by the British army giving each country control over the area. The first map in 1899 places the area in Egyptian territory while another map from 1902 places the area in Sudan. The Halaib Triangle, is a 20 km sq enclave on the Red Sea coast occupied by tribes from both Egypt and Sudan who have traditionally lived there before the demarcation of the borders.