Egyptian President: There are enemies for Egypt, Sudan integration
Egypt and Sudan plan to double their trade and investment, stepping up cooperation in sectors ranging from manufacturing to tourism, President Mohamed Morsi said on Friday as he ended his first visit to Khartoum.
“We agree to benefit from all the resources we have to reach full integration, through joint agricultural projects for food security, and to double the amount of trade and investment,” Morsi told reporters at a press conference with his fellow Islamist, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
Morsi arrived on Thursday evening in Sudan, which Egypt jointly ruled with Britain until 1956, and left after about 24 hours.
Bashir’s office called the visit “historic” but observers questioned why Morsi had not come sooner.
Morsi, a former Muslim Brotherhood leader, was elected in June after a popular uprising toppled long-time strongman Hosni Mubarak in 2011 in of the region’s Arab Spring revolts.
Mubarak’s regime had strained relations with Sudan for years.
The deposed leader blamed Sudan for a 1995 assassination attempt against him in Ethiopia, when the veteran Islamist Hassan al-Turabi was a key figure in the Khartoum government. Read More