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Egypt foreign minister to attend meeting in Khartoum

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will travel to the Sudanese capital Khartoum today to attend the Egyptian-Sudanese political consultation committee meetings.

The Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that the Egyptian-Sudanese political consultation committee meeting will discuss various issues of their bilateral relations including economic and commercial cooperation and consular relations, as well as regional and international issues of common concern.

A spokesman for the ministry also said the committee will discuss the removal of obstacles that prevent the flow of trade between the two countries and work to increase trade and investment.

The committee will also discuss a proposal to establish a media code between the two countries to avoid “irresponsible handling” of stories by some media outlets relating to the relations between the two countries.

The foreign ministers of the two countries are expected to hold a joint press conference at the end of the round of consultations.

Egypt’s Shoukry is expected to meet Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir during his visit to Khartoum.

Sudanese-Egyptian relations have been tense due to differences between the two countries’ views on a number of issues, particularly the situation in the Halayeb Triangle, as well as Sudan’s position on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam that will affect the flow of the Nile, Egypt’s main water resource.

The political consultation committee is a sub-committee of the Egyptian-Sudanese high committee, which also includes sub-committees for military affairs, security, economics and finance, transportation, education, culture, health, water resources and agriculture.

Earlier this month, Sudan issued an order requiring male Egyptian citizens between 18 and 49 years of age to obtain an entry visa from Sudan’s embassies and consulates when visiting the country.

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