Report: Egypt Urges Riyadh to Cooperate with Sudan

Published July 25th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

In response to an appeal by Egypt, Saudi Arabia has agreed to explore the prospect of military cooperation with Sudan and to help the country in other fields, says a report by Middle East Newsline (MENL).  

MENL said talks had been held between Sudanese Defense Minister Bakri Saleh and Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz to establish links between their armed forces.  

The report did not say when and where the talks took place, and added that few details had been disclosed. 

Arab diplomatic sources were quoted by MENL as saying that the Saudi kingdom intended to help Sudanese President Omar Bashir re-enter the Arab and international community after years of isolation.  

Bashir is said to have ended Sudan's support for Islamic insurgency since the dismissal of parliamentary speaker Hassan Turabi in 1999.  

The sources said Egypt had urged Riyadh to help Sudan. Khartoum remains on the US State Department list of terrorist sponsors.  

Sudan also wants to receive support from Saudi Arabia to bolster Khartoum's security services. The subject was a topic of discussion between visiting Sudanese Interior Minister Adel Hussein and his Saudi counterpart, Prince Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz, according to MENL. 

Cairo-Khartoum ties improved after a summit between President Hosni Mubarak and his Sudanese counterpart Omar Al Bashir last month.  

Sudan has accepted an initiative by Egypt and Libya for national reconciliation in the war-torn African country - Albawaba.com 

 

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