President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Tuesday Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sudan, in the presence of Egyptian Counterpart Sameh Shoukry, and the Sudanese ambassador to Cairo, Mohamed Elias.
Sisi affirmed Egypt’s strategic approach to supporting all aspects of bilateral relations with Sudan for the sake of cooperation, construction and development, in order to consolidate the eternal partnership and relations between the people of the Nile Valley.
“Sisi requested to convey his greetings to his two brothers, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, Chairman of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, and Prime Minister Dr. Abdullah Hamdok,” said Presidency Spokesperson Bassam Rady.
He also expressed Egypt’s support for all efforts to promote peace and stability in Sudan during that pivotal stage in its history.
“Sisi affirmed that the security and stability of Sudan is an integral part of the security and stability of Egypt,” added Rady.
The president also affirmed Egypt’s interest in strengthening bilateral relations with tKhartoum, especially in the fields of electrical and railway connectivity and trade exchange, in addition to Egypt’s readiness to continue transferring its experience in economic reform and training Sudanese cadres.
On her part, Al-Mahdi expressed Sudan’s aspiration to develop mutual efforts to improve the bonds of joint cooperation between the two countries.
In this regard, she lauded the sincere Egyptian support to preserve the safety and stability of Sudan in light of the important historical turning it is going through, which contributed to Sudan’s overcoming the difficulties of that stage.
She expressed the aspiration to benefit from “the inspiring Egyptian experience in the field of economic reform that achieved great success.”
Rady manifested that the meeting witnessed discussion and exchange of views on the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
“The president affirmed Egypt’s steadfast position on the inevitability of reaching a binding legal agreement regarding filling and operating the dam, taking into account not to harm the two downstream countries and preserving their water rights,” the spokesman stressed.
Sisi, Al-Mahdi agreed to intensify mutual coordination between Egypt and Sudan in the coming period regarding this vital issue.