SUDAN TO RETURN AMBASSADOR TO CAIRO – FOREIGN MINISTER

Sudan will send its ambassador back to neighbouring Egypt on Monday, two months after withdrawing him amid heightened tensions.

Khartoum has not explained why it recalled Abdel Mahmoud Abdel Halim early in January.

But disputes over the ownership of the Halayeb? Triangle border area and Egyptian suspicion of a Sudan-Turkey naval agreement have strained ties.

Relations between our people and our countries are historic and maintaining them is a responsibility. Setting them on the right path is a duty, Egypt's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said.

A committee including the foreign ministers and heads of intelligence from both countries met in Cairo last month in an attempt to cool tensions.

Sudan has accused Cairo of political meddling and banned imports of Egyptian agricultural products last year.

Ties between Khartoum and Cairo have deteriorated over the past year after Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir accused Egyptian intelligence services of supporting opposition figures fighting his troops in the country's conflict zones like Darfur.

Relations also soured over the use of the water from the River Nile that passes through their territories.

Egypt maintains that Sudan has taken Ethiopia's side in Cairo's dispute with Addis Ababa over the massive Grand Renaissance dam being built on the Nile River by the Ethiopians.

Egypt says the dam will reduce its vital share of the Nile's waters.

A dispute over the ownership of the mineral-rich Halayeb?Triangle border area also continues to simmer.

Egypt announced last year that it would prove that the disputed territory is Egyptian, and promised to make good on plans to expand the population and increase its security presence.

But Sudan has signalled its willingness to seek international arbitration to resolve the row by making representations at the African Union and United Nations.

Khartoum has accused Cairo of political meddling and banned imports of Egyptian agricultural products last year.

Pro-government media in Egypt have also decried a recent visit to Sudan by Turkey's president, who is a harsh critic of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Source: NAM News Network

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