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After 33 years, Egyptian, Sudanese discussions to revive Nile Valley parliament

Abdul Aal, Omar agree on launching the parliament by the end of 2018


Parliament Speaker Ali Abdul Aal agreed on Saturday with his Sudanese counterpart, Ibrahim Omar, on reviving the Nile Valley parliament in order to boost the historic relations between the two countries.

In a meeting on the sidelines of the extraordinary session for the speakers of the Arab parliaments in Cairo, Abdul Aal and Omar agreed on reviving the parliament on a new basis to be agreed by the two sides, and the meeting of launching that parliament should be held in the Sudanese capital Khartoum by the end of 2018.

The two officials also discussed bilateral relations between the two countries, particularly parliamentary affairs, as well as issues of mutual interest. The Nile Valley parliament is expected to provide a mechanism for discussing and addressing the parliamentary relations between the two countries.

The Nile Valley parliament was first established in 1981 to gather the parliaments of Egypt and Sudan, but its work had stopped in 1985 after political events in Sudan led to the removal of former Sudanese President Jaafar Nimeiri.

Meanwhile, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met on Thursday with his Sudanese counterpart, Omar Al-Bashir, in Khartoum. During his visit to Sudan, Al-Sisi expressed Egypt’s keenness on its relations with Sudan and upgrading the level of relations in order to meet the ambition of the peoples of the two countries towards peace, stability, and development.

The two leaders agreed on forming a committee that would be presided over by the ministers of foreign affairs of the two sides to discuss and suggest certain projects that benefit the two countries.

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