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Prospects for Improved Egypt-Sudan Trade Ties

Prospects for Improved Egypt-Sudan Trade Ties

Friday, 8 December, 2017 - 12:30
The Eshkeet crossing on the Egyptian-Sudanese border. Asharq Al-Awsat

Egypt and Sudan have concluded trade talks described as successful following months of chill in the economic relations of the two neighboring countries.

Sudanese Minister of Trade Hatim Al-Sir, who was in Egypt to attend a forum in the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, met with his Egyptian counterpart Tareq Qabil in Cairo on Thursday.

The two ministers discussed ways to revive economic agreements between the two countries.

They agreed to hold technical meetings at the level of experts, followed by a joint ministerial committee meeting in order to announce a trade and economic deal that solves all pending issues.

Trade relations between the two countries suffered from a chill after Sudan’s ban last year of the import of Egyptian products. This prompted a similar move by Cairo which stopped the entry of several Sudanese products that used to reach the Egyptian market without permits and licenses.

Following Thursday’s talks with Qabil, Al-Sir said that the Sudanese leadership is keen on the reactivation of trade ties and the increase in trade volume with Egypt.

As for the Egyptian minister, he stressed Cairo’s keenness on activating and implementing agreements signed between the two countries.

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