A joint session of the Egyptian and Sudanese parliaments has agreed on a plan which could lead to full unity between the two countries.
GV INTERIOR members of joint parliament seated
CU Speaker Abuel Gasim Hashim addressing joint parliament in Arabic
SV members of parliament applaud
CU Abuel Gasim Hashim speaking in Arabic
GV members rise and applaud
The Sudanese and Egyptian parliaments had their first joint session in Cairo, in 1977. Both countries see their unity as an example for other Arab nations. Earlier this month, the two nations signed a one hundred and one million dollar agreement, which is expected to double bilateral trade and lead to development projects totalling about two billion dollars.
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Background: A joint session of the Egyptian and Sudanese parliaments has agreed on a plan which could lead to full unity between the two countries. The integration proposals will now be considered by the Heads of State. of the two countries.
SYNOPSIS: The agreement between the two sides was announced on Thursday (25 January) at a joint parliamentary session in the Sudanese city of Omdurman.
After years of negotiations, the Speaker of the Sudanese People Assembly, Abuel Gasim Hashim, said that if approved, the plan could lead to total integration in the spheres of politics, economics and defence. Sudan and Egypt are already members of a joint defence pact.
A week earlier, Egypt's President Anwar Sadat addressed the joint assembly, saying that both countries had what he called "bitter experiences" with the Soviet Union. He said it was necessary for both Egypt and Sudan to be ready to confront "conspiracies" against them. The first move towards unity came in 1974, when Sudan and Egypt agreed to pursue political and economic integration. Sudan was the first Arab country to support President Sadat's Middle East peace initiatives and one of three Arab states to back the Camp David accords.