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Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U., in this file photo dated September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Khartoum, Cairo – Cairo will host meetings of the Sudanese Egyptian Political Consultations Committee headed by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Sudanese counterpart Ibrahim Ghandour to discuss bilateral ties and coordination in mutual interest cases.

Meetings – scheduled last week – were postponed by Sudan for internal issues.

Sudanese foreign ministry announced that Ghandour will visit Cairo on Saturday upon the invitation of his Egyptian counterpart to carry out thorough discussions within the political consultations between the two foreign ministries.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Gharib Allah Khidir stated that Ghandour has received Egyptian Ambassador in Khartoum Osama Shaltou and they discussed bilateral relations and the importance of coordination and consultation in several cases that are of interest for both countries.

Sudanese Ambassador in Cairo Abdel Mahmoud Abdul-Halim declared to Asharq Al-Awsat that Ghandour and Shoukry discussions focus on bilateral, political and consulate cooperation in addition to the African, regional and Arab conditions.

He added, “Sudanese FM is expected to meet Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi.” In response to Sudan’s recent offensive statements against Egypt, he said that the Egyptian media aggravates the enmity against Sudan due to the ban of entrance of some Egyptian commodities.

He highlighted the importance of Egypt and the keenness to restore normal relations between Sudan and Egypt, denying rumors that there are training camps in Sudan that include terrorist members who work against Egypt’s security and stability.

Political tension has flared between Cairo and Khartoum recently, reaching its peak with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir accusing Egypt of supplying Darfur rebels with military equipment – Analysts attributed the delay of the Sudanese Egyptian Political Consultations Committee convention to this tension.