UAE companies control the natural resources in the Halayeb Triangle, the Sudanese territory occupied by Egypt in 1995, Arabi21.com reported on Tuesday. The facts of the situation are to be aired in an Al-Jazeera documentary made by Salam Hindawi with the title "Zero Distance".
According to the team behind the documentary, the film will provide "a lot of shocking surprises" for viewers. One of these is that companies controlled by the Egyptian army are given the opportunity to mine in cooperation with UAE-controlled companies. However, Egyptian state-owned companies are not allowed to invest in the area.
The UAE, meanwhile, is said to have invested heavily in Hala'ib, even though the government in Khartoum regards the Triangle as occupied territory. The documentary will also confirm that Saudi Arabia signed an agreement in 1974 recognising the area as Sudanese, and contrasts this with the recent deal struck between Riyadh and Egypt whereby the Saudis have taken control of the Egyptian islands of Sanafir and Tiran in the Red Sea.
Egypt occupied the Halayeb Triangle in 1995 after an alleged assassination attempt against former President Hosni Mubarak in Ethiopia.