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Sudan says entry-visa on Egyptians meant to prevent terrorism

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said here on Monday that Khartoum’s decision to impose entry-visa on Egyptian citizens is meant to prevent terrorism.

“Imposing entry-visa on the Egyptians came to prevent entry of terrorism, and the move came in consultation with Egypt to organize entry and exit of the citizens, and to be applied by the two parties,” Ghandour told reporters.

The Sudanese minister denied that his country has backtracked from the Four Freedoms Agreement signed by the two countries in 2004.

He noted that the meetings of the joint political consultation committee between Sudan and Egypt would be held next week.

On Friday, Sudan issued a decision obliging part of Egyptian citizens seeking to enter its territories to obtain entry-visa, namely the ones aged between 16 to 50 years-old. The decision excludes women and children.

In 2004, Sudan and Egypt signed an agreement of four freedoms, which avails the citizens of the two countries freedoms of work, movement, residence and ownership.

Khartoum said it has fully implemented the agreement since it was signed, while Cairo imposes entry-visa on Sudanese aged between 18 and 50 years-old.

Khartoum recently complained about an Egyptian decision increasing the stay fees on foreigners, including the Sudanese.

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Sudan imposes entry-visa on Egyptians seeking to enter its territories

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan has issued a decision obliging Egyptian citizens seeking to enter its territories to obtain entry-visas, namely the ones aged between 16 to 50 years old.

“The decision stipulates that Egyptian nationals aged between 16 and 50 years old must obtain entry-visas to Sudan. The decision excludes women, children and those above 50 years old,” Gen. Omer al-Mukhtar, Spokesman of Sudan Police, told Xinhua.

It is to be noted that the Egyptian authorities apply the same condition for entry of the Sudanese nationals to Egypt.

In 2004, Sudan and Egypt signed an agreement of the four freedoms, which avails the citizens of the two countries freedoms of work, movement, residence and ownership.

Khartoum said it has fully implemented the agreement since it was signed, while Cairo imposes entry-visa on Sudanese aged between 18 and 50 years old.

Recently Khartoum complained over an Egyptian decision increasing the stay fees on foreigners, including the Sudanese.

Khartoum’s decision imposing entry-visas on Egyptians came two days ahead of convocation of the joint political consultations committee between Sudan and Egypt at level of foreign ministers, scheduled for coming Sunday in Khartoum. 

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Sudan and Saudi Arabia conclude joint air exercise

KHARTOUM Sudan  (Xinhua) -- Sudan and Saudi Arabia on Sunday concluded the “Blue Shield 1” air exercise between Sudanese and Saudi Air Forces at Meroe Airbase, some 200 km north of Sudanese capital Khartoum, official SUNA news agency reported.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Commander of the Saudi Air Forces Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Otaibi attended the conclusion of the air exercise which lasted for 10 days.

“No doubt that developing the defensive air capabilities in the Arab countries constitutes a deterrent shield against aspirations of the enemies which are tending to control their potentialities and resources,” said al-Bashir when addressing the concluding ceremony of the exercise.

“This exercise indicates the healthy, deeply-rooted and progressive ties between Sudan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and reaffirms the importance of cooperation and exchange of experiences to build a solid base for uniting the concepts for the sake of Arab solidarity and joint Arab action,” al-Bashir noted.

Al-Bashir reiterated that Sudan’s security is inseparable from the security in the countries of the region and the area, saying “we have worked for building strategic partnerships with the neighboring countries in fields of security and military cooperation and forming joint forces with some countries which have achieved remarkable successes at all security and social domains.”

He called on the Arab countries to focus on joint work to care for their vital and strategic interests, protect their national borders and maintain their national and regional security through cooperation in all fields, namely the security and military cooperation, to face the standing threats and risks.

He reiterated willingness to further enhance his country’s ties with Saudi Arabia, saying that the two countries’ ties stand on common values and strategic interests with social, economic, political and security dimensions.

The Sudanese Air Force participated in the “Blue Shield 1” exercise with a total of 29 fighter planes (Mi-29s, Su-25s, Su-24s and Mi-17s), while Saudi Arabia participated with 18 planes (Typhoons, F-15s and others)

A total of 450 military men from the Sudanese Air Force and 250 from the Saudi Air Force took part in the exercise.

Sudan has been taking part in the operations of the Saudi-led Arab coalition against the Houthi Group in Yemen since March 26, 2015.

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Sudan announces delay of political consultation meetings with Egypt

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday announced delay of meetings of joint political consultation committee between Sudan and Egypt which were scheduled to begin in Khartoum on Sunday.

“The meetings of joint political consultation committee have been postponed and would not be held on the previously set date due to weather conditions which prevented movement of air traffic,” said the ministry in a statement Sunday.

“Consultations are underway between the two countries’ foreign ministries to fix a new date to be announced once the two sides agree on,” it added.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry was scheduled to arrive in Khartoum on Saturday evening to chair his country’s side to the meetings of the joint political consultation committee.

Sudan on Friday issued a decision obliging Egyptian citizens seeking to enter its territories to obtain entry-visa, namely the ones aged between 16 to 50 years old. The decision excludes women, children and those above 50 years old.

In 2004, Sudan and Egypt signed an agreement of the four freedoms, which avails the citizens of the two countries freedoms of work, movement, residence and ownership.

Khartoum said it has fully implemented the agreement since it was signed, while Cairo imposes entry-visa on Sudanese aged between 18 and 50 years old.

Recently Khartoum complained over an Egyptian decision increasing the stay fees on foreigners, including the Sudanese.

           

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