Bilateral Relations and Hot Issues in the Visit by ECFA Delegation to Sudan
Between the 9th and 12th of October 2017, a delegation representing the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs (ECFA) paid a visit to Sudan. The visit aimed at continuing communications and exchange of ideas with the Sudanese Council for Foreign Affairs (SCFA), the party which originally called for the visit, in addition to holding an important meeting between ECFA’s Board Members and Sudan’s Foreign Minister, Professor Ibrahim Ghandour. The delegation was formed of H.E. Ambassador Dr. Ezzat Saad, ECFA’s Executive Director, H.E, Ambassador Marwan Badre, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Salah Haleemah and H.E. Ambassador Dr. Muhammad Badr-U-Deen Zayed.
Issues discussed during the meeting with Sudan’s Foreign Minister varied and included bilateral relations, An-Nahdha “Renaissance” Dam and other urgent issues in the Arab region.
In the meeting, Sudan’s Foreign Minister expressed his appreciation of the roles played by both ECFA and SCFA in driving the two Countries’ relations towards growth and mutual understanding. Within the context of his speech, and in relation to what ECFA’s delegation has raised, Sudan’s Foreign Minister emphasized the importance of developing the relations between the two Countries in all areas. He confirmed his appreciation of what has been raised by ECFA’s delegation, reiterating his valuing of the proposal concerning the creation of an Organization for Security and Cooperation in the Red Sea amongst the States bordering its shores, including Arab League Member States that are Members of the African Union.
to work with ongoing international efforts to combat piracy and bring to trial its perpetrators; to reject any attempts to internationalize the Red Sea region; and to strengthen Arab cooperation to achieve security in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, taking into account the responsibility of the Arab States that border the Red Sea to secure their coasts;