It was announced in July this year that Egypt and Sudan had signed a defence agreement.
It was announced in July this year that Egypt and Sudan had signed a defence agreement. As part of that agreement, it was decided to set up a joint defence council that would meet regularly. The council met at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry in Cairo on Tuesday (7 September).
SYNOPSIS: Attending the meeting were Egyptian Defence Minister General Abdel Ghany el Gamassy, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmy, and his Sudanese counterpart Mahgoub Makawi. The delegations discussed the implementation of the July agreement, which had been signed following a five-day visit to Egypt by the Sudanese President, Ja'afar al-Nimeiry, shortly after an attempted coup in his country. A communique issued after President Nimeiry's talks with President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, said that both men believed the security of the two countries was linked, and that the two countries had a vital role to play in the Nile Valley, protecting the entire Arab region and the African continent.
This week's Cairo meeting cements an important part of the agreement, with the delegations discussing future cooperation between their countries on respective defence policies.
After the signing, President Sadat and President Nimeiry visited Saudi Arabia for talks with King Khalid, and all three agreed they should increase cooperation to promote "Arab solidarity and brotherhood". This included the co-ordination of approaches to regional problems such as Lebanon. The agreement between Sudan and Egypt will run for 25 years, and an act of aggression against one will be considered as being against both. The next meeting of the joint defence council will take place in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, in six months time.