Sudan and Egypt have emphasized the strength and eternity of relations between the two countries, the unity of the fate of the two nations and their desire to boost brotherly relation and to maximize the areas of co-operation.

This was contained in a joint statement issued after a meeting here Thursday attended by their Foreign Ministers -- Sudan's Professor Ibrahim Ghandour and Samih Shukri of Ehypt -- and the Chief of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) of Sudan, General Mohamed Atta Al Moula Abas and Egyptian security chief General Abas Kamil.

The statement underlined the strategic relations between the two countries and observance and respect of internal choices and need to co-operate and co-ordinate at the highest levels in ways that reflect the deep relationship.

The statement said the two sides agreed to re-activate the joint committee and mechanism in the various domains, improve the political consultations at the ministerial level and any other committees to be set, while at the same time removing any hurdles that may face these committees.

It said the two sides are determined to boost co-operation in the field of energy and electricity linkages, land, air and maritime transportation and other infrastructure projects, making use of the expertise in the two countries.

The two sides, the statement stressed, expressed their importance of cooperation and coordinate in the field of Nile River waters within the framework of their commitment towards signed agreement between the two sides under the 1959 Nile water accord.

It said Sudan and Egypt should work to implement the outcome of the tripartite summit results involving Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia, with regard to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GRED), reached in Addis Ababa, and within the context of the declaration of principles reached in Khartoum in March 2015.

They two sides are agreed on the need to address the concerns of each side and to convey the correct image about the ties between the two sides and jointly work to prevent abuse or debasing of any official or people on the other side.

It said the two sides agreed to beef up consultations on regional issues of mutual concern and to make efforts to explaining stands taken by any side and bring about closer views including on regional issues.

The two sides also agreed to continue boosting military and security co-operation between the two sides and to convene the joint military committee and the security commission soonest possible.

The two countries also agreed on the periodicity of the meetings of the political and security consultation panel that groups the ministers of foreign affairs and the heads of the security organs from the two countries, in a way to boost the co-ordination on issues of mutual concern ad to help resolve any concerns that might arise.

The two sides said they also agreed to hold the next joint committee headed by the presidents of the two countries in Khartoum as the last one was held in Cairo, Egypt, in 2016.

Source: NAM News Network

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