Egypt’s foreign minister heads to Sudan talks amid tensions


CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s foreign minister is travelling to Sudan amid tensions between the neighboring countries, which hope to boost cooperation despite recent disputes over borderlands and trade.

Sameh Shoukry arrives in Khartoum Wednesday to meet his Sudanese counterpart, Ibrahim Ghandour as part of a joint “political consultations committee” on Thursday. The group met twice earlier — in April in Khartoum and in Cairo in June — and aims to “develop bilateral cooperation in all fields.”

The meeting, announced by the foreign ministries of both states, comes as Khartoum has been renewing its claim to the Egyptian-held border territory known as the Halayeb Triangle, a dispute that dates back to British colonial times. Sudan has also banned Egyptian agricultural and animal imports, citing health concerns, a move that Cairo wants repealed.

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