President Anwar Sadat of Egypt is due to arrive in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Saturday (20 January) to address a joint session of the Egyptian and Sudanese parliaments.
President Anwar Sadat of Egypt is due to arrive in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Saturday (20 January) to address a joint session of the Egyptian and Sudanese parliaments. The two nations are working towards integration in politics, economics and defence.
SYNOPSIS: For the past week, government minister from both countries have been discussing the integration plan in Khartoum. The joint ministerial council is charged with working out details of various agreements, and then implementing programmes.
The heads of the two teams signed for their countries -- Vice President El Rashid El Tahir Bakr for Sudan, and Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil for Egypt. The signing climaxed almost five years of talks between Egypt and Sudan. The one hundred and one million dollar agreement is expected to double bilateral trade, and act as a harbinger to development projects, whose total value will approach two billion dollars. Plans are already underway to amalgamate the southern Egyptian governed of Aswan and the northern Sudanese government of Al-Shamaleya into a single development area.
The first move towards unity was in 1974, when Sudan and Egypt agreed to pursue political and economic integration. Then, in October 1977, the Sudanese and Egyptian parliaments had their first joint session in Cairo. Sudan was the first Arab country to support President Sadat's Middle East peace initiatives, and one of three Arab states that backed the Camp David accords. Both countries see their unity as an example for other Arab nations.