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Sudan: Attack on Halayeb will be counterproductive for Egypt

January 4, 2018 at 11:21 am

Halayeb region in Egypt [Moustafa Hesham/Facebook]

The head of Sudan’s Technical Committee for Border Demarcation (TCBD), Abdallah al-Sadiq, warned that the Egyptian authorities actions in the disputed Halayeb region will backfire against Egypt.

The Sudanese Media Center quoted the official as saying that the continuation of the Egyptian aggression on Halayeb is an attempt to drag Sudan into direct conflict.

He called for a peaceful solution to the dispute stressing: “Halayeb is Sudanese territory and we will retake it”.

Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said in earlier statements that there are two scenarios to resolve the dispute with Egypt over Halayeb; the first is through dialogue as Egypt did with Saudi Arabia over the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir or by resorting to International arbitration as Egypt did with Israel over Taba.

Last week, the Egyptian authorities passed a number of resolutions to strengthen its presence on the islands including filing a complaint with the UN Security Council against Sudan

Sudan has, on its part, expressed concern over the border agreement between Cairo and Riyadh concerning the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanfir, which they claim entrenches Egypt’s occupation of Halayeb.

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