Controversial Reports On Visit of Egypt’s Intelligence Chief to Sudan
The Sudanese foreign ministry and the Egyptian embassy in Khartoum said today that have no knowledge of a visit by the director of the Egyptian intelligence as reported by government-owned and private media outlets in Cairo.
Several Egyptian newspapers quoted security sources at Cairo airport as saying that a delegation led by spy chief Mohamed Raafat Shehata has boarded Egypt Air plane to Khartoum on Wednesday morning.
It was reported that Shehata was set to discuss Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam and its move last week to divert a stretch of the Blue Nile river to make way for the $4.7 billion hydroelectric plant. But the Egyptian consul-general in Khartoum Mutaz Mustafa Kamel denied to the independent Khartoum newspaper any truth to reports of Shehata’s visit.
The Sudanese foreign ministry said that while it has no knowledge of the visit, it suggested that it could have taken place in coordination between Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi and his counterpart Omer Hassan al-Bashir.
Raafat Shehata, the former commander of the Republican Guard was appointed as director of Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate (EGID) by President Mohamed Morsi in August 2012 after his predecessor, Murad Muwafi was sacked.
(Sources: Sudan Tribune and Ahram Online)