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Sudanese FM says Halayeb dispute must be resolved through dialogue

October 12, 2017 at 9:15 am

Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour has said that the dispute with Egypt over the Hala’ib Triangle must be solved either by dialogue or through international arbitration. The minister stressed his country’s keenness to restore relations with Egypt, the Sudanese Centre for Press Services has reported.

Ghandour explained that Sudan and Egypt will be strong if the other country is strong, but noted that “this does not mean that we have to hand over our rights.” However, he added, Sudan pursues its rights legally with the UN and the Security Council.

According to the Foreign Minister, irresponsible media reporting about Sudan’s relationship with Egypt has prompted his ministry to intervene to correct the news on several occasions.

Sudan and Egypt have disagreements over a number of issues, including the dispute over the Hala’ib Triangle and Khartoum’s support for Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam, which Cairo opposes. Egypt believes that the dam will have a negative impact on its share of water from the River Nile. On its part, Sudan accuses Egypt of supporting Sudanese rebels, which Cairo denies.

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