Sudan's Bashir holds talks with Egyptian military rulers

08:28, March 09, 2011      

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrived in Cairo and held talks with Egypt's military rulers on Tuesday, the first visit by an Arab head of state to Egypt after former President Hosni Mubarak stepped down.

Bashir met with Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, head of the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces, and a number of senior Egyptian officials, Egypt's state MENA news agency reported.

They discussed means to strengthen economic and political cooperation between the two countries in light of current developments in Egypt and the successive events in a number of countries in the region.

The Sudanese president stressed the importance of Egypt's role in regional and international arenas, stressing that Tantawi shed light on cooperation between the two countries and peoples, MENA said.

MENA quoted Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti as saying that Bashir's visit is a message of support to Egyptians to let them know that Sudan is ready to cooperate with Egypt in various political, economic and development domains.

Mubarak's government was a major supporter of al-Bashir and rejected repeatedly the indictment on the Sudanese president by the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2009. Bashir was charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity for the violence in Darfur.

Source: Xinhua
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