Sudanese foreign affairs minister travels to Cairo for first time since June 30
Sudanese Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Karti - AP

CAIRO: Sudanese Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Karti is scheduled to visit Cairo on March 2 for the first time since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi.

Karti is expected to meet with his Egyptian counterpart Nabil Fahmy to discuss a number of regional issues.

Karti’s visit comes following the visit of Sudanese Defense Minister Abdel Rehim Hussein who met with interim President Adly Mansour and Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi two weeks ago.

Karti had insisted on the strong ties between Egypt and Sudan, admitting that occasional internal tensions within each country affects that relationship but on limited levels.

What is more important, Karti recently told the Sudanese press, is maintaining mutual cooperation and trade relations for the sake of both people.

Earlier last week, the Egyptian and Sudanese ministries of investment agreed to establish a free trade zone for the mining industry based on private sectors in both countries.

Among regional issues the ministers will discuss, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam comes as a priority, and Karti stated that Sudan aims to reach a balance between the Egyptian and the Ethiopian perspectives, but will not take sides. “Egypt understands very well,” said Karti.

Originally published in Youm7.

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