Egypt-Sudan intelligence meeting to be held in Cairo

08 Feb 2018

Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour and the Director of Security and Intelligence 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, according to the Sudanese News Agency.

“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.

According to Egyptian newspapers, Cairo’s concerns about the Turkish presence expected on the island of Suakin in north-eastern Sudan are the reason behind the meeting of the officials.

Cairo fears that the island, located on the western coast of the Red Sea, could become a Turkish military base under the agreement between Khartoum and Ankara, which Egypt considers a security threat to it.

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