Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok called for the Halayeb and Shalateen Triangle file to be opened with Egypt in order to reach an understanding about it.
The call came during Hamdok’s meeting with academic experts and researchers in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, according to the Sudanese News Agency.
Hamdok called for “the necessity to talk about what remains silent in the relations between the two countries, and to open the Halayeb and Shalateen file in order to reach an understanding about it.”
He added, “The history and common destiny of the Sudanese and Egyptian peoples can create a beacon for the African and Arab worlds.”
He referred to “the vision of the transitional government in Sudan to push the transition process through economic reform, restructuring the security services, and building balanced external relations.”
He pointed to “the possibility of building Egyptian-Sudanese relations on the basis of the people’s interest.”
Earlier Thursday, Hamdok arrived in Cairo on an official visit, to discuss ways to enhance cooperation and Sudanese-Egyptian relations, five days after the visit of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to Khartoum.
The Halayeb Triangle overlooks the Red Sea coast on the Egyptian-Sudanese border, with an area of about 20.5 thousand square kilometers, and includes three areas: Halayeb, Shalateen and Abu Ramad.
Despite the disagreement between the two countries over this triangle since the independence of Sudan in 1956, it remained open to trade and individuals from the two countries without restrictions until 1995.
Source: “Sona” Agency