Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour and the Director of National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) Mohammed Atta will travel to Cairo today for a two-day official visit.
Ghandour and Atta are scheduled to meet with their counterparts Sameh Shukri and the acting Egyptian intelligence chief, Abbas Kamel.
“The visit comes as a result of the bilateral summit which brought together Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on the sidelines of the 30th African Union summit which recently took place in Addis Ababa,” the agency quoted the Sudan’s foreign ministry spokesman, Qareeb Allah, as saying.
Against the backdrop of heightened tensions in the region over border disputes, military alliances and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The presidents of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia and Sudan had met on the sidelines of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa where they agreed to form a permanent committee to follow up on all issues of common concern particularly regarding the GERD. According to the foreign ministry, the leaders agreed to establish a tripartite fund to support development projects and strengthen economic integration among the three countries. They will also mandate the tripartite committee comprised of the irrigation ministers to serve as political committee and work to resolve all outstanding issues related to the GERD and report to the leaders within one month.