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Sudanese official: Cairo stalling efforts to find resolution to dispute over Halayeb

Sudan has expressed surprise at what it called Egypt's stalling of efforts to find a resolution to the Halayeb Triangle dispute, stressing that negotiations are the only path to resolve the dispute between the two countries.

Ambassador Ali Sadiq, the official spokesman of the Sudanese foreign affairs, said in remarks to Sudan's Shorouk TV channel on Wednesday that Sudan rejects any changes to the Halayeb region by Egypt.

"Egypt has been delaying the convening of the Halayeb Higher Committee," he said.

The channel quoted Sudan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Omer Dahab Fadl Mohamed as saying that the country has refused to withdraw its complaint against Egypt regarding the dispute surrounding Halayeb Triangle.

Khartoum has criticised what it said was Cairo's efforts to "Egyptianize" the triangle and establish projects in the disputed area.

Sudan invited Egypt to start direct negotiations to resolve the dispute in April, warning at the same time that it would resort to international arbitration if Cairo refused.

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