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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Egypt, Sudan agree to stop “negative escalation” in Halayeb dispute -Sudanese FM

Egypt and Sudan have agreed to stop the “negative escalation” in their dispute over Egypt’s Halayeb triangle and preserve their relations, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim El Ghandour said on Saturday, Sudan Tribune reports. Despite the “brotherly” tone, El Ghandour maintained that Sudan’s stance on the issue is unwavering and that the two countries must resolve their dispute through negotiations or international arbitration. Egypt has rejected the latter option, and has instead suggested transforming the triangle into an integrated Sudanese-Egyptian area. Sudan had renewed its complaint to the UN Security Council regarding the Halayeb dispute last month one week after it withdrew its ambassador to Egypt. Ghandour said that ambassador Abdel Mahmoud Halim would return to Cairo “within days.”

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